Valerus, an oil and natural gas services company, has announced the inaugural graduating class of the Valerus Career Academy later this month.
On January 27, eight Pennsylvania-based Valerus employees will graduate from Phase 1 of the Valerus NGC (Natural Gas Compression) Training Program, presided by Pete Lane, Valerus CEO. The graduation ceremony will be held at the Holiday Inn in Uniontown, Pa. Danielle Boston of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA) will be a guest speaker at the event.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress we’ve seen in the graduates and are proud to say that four of the participants, local residents, were identified by Valerus at a Veterans CareerLink Career Fair held in Uniontown,” said Pete Lane, Valerus CEO. “Valerus is committed to hiring veterans and developing each of our regions with local employees. Our partnership with CareerLink has been an integral part of helping us achieve that goal.”
Structured to provide in-depth technical knowledge of gas compression equipment, the NGC training program also focuses on safety, operational efficiency and equipment maintenance. With the completion of Phase 1, graduates will participate in five additional courses, spend time in the Bay City manufacturing plant near Houston and be teamed up with experienced senior Valerus field service technicians who will serve as company mentors. After completion of the additional components, the graduates will join the existing Marcellus Shale operations team out of the company’s Smithfield, Pa facility.
The Valerus Career Academy was developed by Jeff Gill, director of talent management, to motivate employees and accelerate growth through training, career development, special rotational assignments, mentoring programs, feedback and support. Lou Boothe, Valerus' director of training, and industry veteran of 25 years, designed the six month, best-in-class NGC curriculum.
“Unconventional gas operations in the Marcellus Shale present unique challenges that require local infrastructure and experts that understand the environment. There is an increased demand for customized integrated equipment solutions that optimize operational performance,” said Suzanne Ogle, vice president of marketing. “Valerus will steadily increase its investment in the Marcellus region furthering our commitment to providing effective solutions that maximize production in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
Valerus chose to start the program in Pennsylvania because of the significant growth opportunity in the region and the increasing demand for integrated oil and natural gas equipment and services. In addition to increasing training capabilities, Valerus is currently expanding its Smithfield facility to a 16,500-square-foot space that will house a staff of 40 sales, administrative and field services professionals, and will support compression and processing equipment.
The company will be hiring to fill needs in service, sales, administration and other roles for the new office.
Houston-based Valerus is a worldwide leader in integrated oil and natural gas handling equipment, operations and services. Specializing in surface production facilities, including oil and natural gas processing, treating and compression, Valerus provides a single-source for a range of integrated surface solutions. Valerus experts provide support at every stage to enhance production while minimizing capital expense, reducing operating costs through enhanced safety, and adhering to global environmental regulations. Valerus’ team of experienced professionals presents customers with innovative solutions that optimize performance and reliability.
Valerus services include compression, gas services, production, packaging and manufacturing. The company owns and operates compression equipment in excess of 650,000 hp and currently operates in more than 25 countries around the world.
Valerus Career Academy celebrates graduation from natural gas compression training