Pittsburgh Technical Institute Preparing Students For Oil & Gas Industry « CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The course has rigorous demands and is highly technical – taught in a language few of us would understand.

“What we’re going to be doing is learning to calibrate that input, with that RTD, it’s a temperature measurement, right?” asks an instructor leading a class.

But these dozen young men are taking control of their future, seizing an opportunity that has sprung up in their backyard.

“You know the gas and oil industry’s booming around here,” said Alan Crump of Bethel Park. “Figured it would be a good idea to start young.”

Here at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute, they’re working for a two-year associates degree in electronics, hoping to land one of the many jobs with starting salaries as high as $70,000 a year.

“Easily make six figures with five years out,” said Jeff Dinkel of the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

And PTI is not alone. Community colleges and trade schools throughout the region are suddenly offering extensive gas and oil courses, trying to meet the shale gas industry’s demands for homegrown workers.

“Most of the people they have working are up from Texas and Louisiana,” Dinkel said. “They need local talents to match their growth, so the demand is very, very high.”

While training school initially focused on developing well pad workers like roughnecks and roustabouts.

But at PTI, they’re training instrumentation and control techs for gas processing end of operations.

“This job is more using your brain from the neck up, than from the neck down,” said Mitchell Coopersmith of Gettysburg. “That’s what I like.”

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