Workforce

Creating a Labor Force in Your Own Back Yard

After struggling to find qualified new hires, Consumers Energy worked in partnership with third-party union training provider Power for America to offered the Utility Military Assistance Program – a three-week unpaid training program for military veterans and active reservist/guard members.

NACE President Looks to Bolster Corrosion Education

NACE International’s president for 2018, Jeffrey Didas, discusses corrosion education and other issues of importance to the organization in its 75th anniversary year.

Honeywell

Honeywell's hands-free, wearable, connected plant technology features a head-mounted visual display that responds to voice and brings live data, documents, work procedures and health and safety information into view.

SGA Chair Caron Lawhorn on a Mission to Raise Industry’s Voice

Southern Gas Association Chair Caron Lawhorn is on a mission to give the natural gas industry a bigger voice in the national conversation on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Improving Your Company’s Safety Culture

Pipeline companies have a responsibility to protect the general public and the environment by managing critical infrastructure assets safely. How safe a pipeline is has to do with its equipment, control systems and procedures, as well as with the culture the company operating the pipeline and its employees exude.

Report: US, Canada Need $800 Billion in Midstream Infrastructure Investment Through 2035

The United States and Canada will require annual average natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids midstream infrastructure investment of about $44 billion per year, or a total of $791 billion over the 18-year period from 2018 through 2035, a new study finds.

Global Mobility Attracts Millennials

89% of millennial respondents to the recent Global Energy Talent Index are open to an international move.

API, Union Launch Pipeline Safety Training Program

Pipeline construction safety training program established that combines the best practices of both the U.S. oil and gas industry and building trades unions.

Ex-White House Staffer Contracted to Promote Alaska LNG Project

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former White House communications director Mike Dubke has been contracted to help promote the Alaska gas line project. Alaska Public Media reported Monday that Dubke, through his company Black Rock Group, has a $15,000-a-month contract to advise the state-owned Alaska Gasli..

AGA’s Young Professionals Program: Developing a New Generation of Global Industry Leaders

Lori Traweek is in her 25th year at the American Gas Association (AGA), where she now serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Among her vast responsibilities in this role, she’s responsible for making sure the association is ready and ab..

Study: Union Construction Jobs Expected to Increase in 2017

The Association of Union Constructors has released its third-annual 2017 Union Craft Labor Supply report, the only union-specific study focusing on construction and maintenance.  According to the report, contractors, labor representatives and owner-clients in the union construction and maintenan..

Exelon to Retire Illinois Nuclear Plants Early

Exelon Corporation will shut down the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, respectively. The two plants have lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years, despite being two of Exelon’s best-performing facilities. Exelon cited lack of progress on Illinois ene..

Baltimore Gas and Electric Continues to Accelerate Natural Gas Infrastructure Replacement

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE)  continues to modernize the natural gas system serving customers in central Maryland, replacing more than 52 miles of gas mains in the first two full years under the company’s Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement (STRIDE) plan. Another 45 miles of ga..

U.S. Steel Idling 2 Plants, Cutting Jobs

The country’s second-biggest producer of steel is dismissing as many as 770 workers and shuttering two plants that make tubes used in oil drilling as energy companies cut production. U.S. Steel may cut as many as 450 union-represented jobs at its Lone Star Tubular Operations in eastern Texas and 20..

Employment Specialist Offers Advice to Managers

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal These are certainly difficult times for the oil and gas industry, and unfortunately there is no quick end in sight for this downturn. Because this is a cyclical industry, hard decisions have to be made by management trying to protect their stressed operations. Tho..

50,000 Laid Off In Saudi Arabia As Oil Crisis Bites Deeper

Saudi construction giant Binladin group has laid off tens of thousands of workers, leading to rare protests, as workers torch seven buses demanding compensation as low oil prices begin to bite in earnest. The numbers of layoffs range from 50,000 to 77,000, many of who say they were not paid for sev..

Adjusting to Life – and Leaner Wallets – after Gas Boom

TOWANDA, Pa. (AP) — Jami Patel spends long hours behind the front desk of a nearly empty motel, desperate for someone, anyone, to check in. Hardly anyone ever does, not since the once-booming natural gas industry pulled up stakes amid a prolonged, severe slump in energy prices. “I don’t know how mu..

Once Wedded to Oil, Houston Economy Carries on Despite Bust

HOUSTON (AP) — Amanda Salazar watched for a year as colleagues at the Houston-based oil rig manufacturer where she worked lost jobs, victims of the latest oil bust. She realized it was time for a change before she too got a pink slip. So Salazar left her job as a software trainer with National Oi..

As Oil Slides, Many Determined to Stay Put in North Dakota

WILLISTON, ND (AP) — Kennedy Mugemuzi is done moving. After leaving Congo to live in Nashville for a few years and then coming to North Dakota for the opportunities of the oil boom, he is among the many staying put in Williston — even though depressed crude prices have spurred an exodus of thousands..

Weatherford to Reduce Workforce Further in 1st Half of 2016

Oilfield services company Weatherford International will cut 6,000 positions in the first half of the year, which accounts for about 14% of its workforce. In a written statement, CEO Bernard Duroc-Danner said he believes oil prices will eventually respond to a realignment of supply and demand, but ..

Schlumberger to Cut 10,000 More Jobs after Bad 4th Quarter

HOUSTON (AP) — Schlumberger said Thursday it lost more than $1 billion and slashed another 10,000 jobs in the fourth quarter as tumbling energy prices took their toll on the world’s largest oilfield services company. Like others in the industry, Schlumberger has been hard hit by the downturn in the..