STEUBENVILLE - A three-week ShaleNET Roustabout/Floorhand training program is set from May 6-24 at Eastern Gateway Community College's Jefferson County Campus.
The enrollment process should be started as soon as possible to meet the registration deadline of April 22, officials said.
The program runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and provides an orientation for people interested in entry-level labor positions in the oil and gas industry. It's being offered tuition free to eligible participants through the college's partnership with ShaleNET, a federal grant program to train workers for targeted jobs in the shale gas industry. However, applicants are responsible for the cost of a pre-enrollment drug screening, background check and physical exam. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and must pass a basic skills test prior to the April 22 registration deadline.
Tracee Joltes, work force outreach assistant director at Eastern Gateway, said the jobs in highest demand include general laborers, heavy equipment operators and commercial truck drivers, among others.
"The gas industry has clearly stated its preference for a local work force and is committed to hiring local employees as fast as workers can be identified and trained," said Joltes.
"The biggest challenge to building a well-prepared local work force for the gas industry rests in recruitment and pre-employment training for this industry, especially because of its unique culture.
"Job requirements are tough in this industry. Many of them require working 12-hour shifts in all kinds of weather for two or three weeks at a time, doing whatever is asked of them in preparing the site, setting up and dismantling rigs, performing routine maintenance ...," she said.
Information about the program and enrollment process can be found at www.egcc.edu/shale. Students also may call (740) 264-5591, extension 310, to request an application packet.