SCHRIEVER – Fletcher Technical Community College Integrated Production Technologies students can get non-paid and paid internships in their third or fourth semesters if they are taking Careers in the Petroleum Industry class.
Students are selected based on credit hours earned in the program and grade point average. The goal of IPT is to train deepwater production operators, but the skills allow students to secure jobs in various oil and gas fields.
IPT has had 16 students participate in internships since spring 2017. This spring, eight are participating. Several companies support the initiative, including BP America, which has offered non-paid internships at its facility in Schriever for the past three semesters. Shamrock Energy Solutions started a six-month paid program for several colleges, including Fletcher. Shamrock joined BHP Billiton to place interns on deepwater platforms.
“IPT is grateful for these companies, and others, who support Fletcher's IPT program and see the benefits of work-based learning opportunities,” said Herbert McCoy, IPT department head.
“Being primarily an oil and gas labor service company, Shamrock Energy Solutions has first-hand knowledge of the talent gap our industry has faced in the last several years. Everyone is in need of qualified and experienced personnel, so Shamrock has partnered with technical schools in our geographical area to do what we can to help develop this talent,” said Becky McManus, vice president of administration at Shamrock Energy Solutions.
For more information on the IPT program or to offer an internship opportunity to a student, call McCoy at 448-5905.