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MCCTC students explore oil and gas careers



Published: Fri, January 3, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Submitted.Students in the Welding and Power Equipment programs at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center got an up close look at all that goes on at a cryogenic plant thanks to a recent trip to the Kensington Cryogenic Plant in Kensington, Ohio.

Students in the Welding and Power Equipment programs at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center got an up close look at all that goes on at a cryogenic plant thanks to a recent trip to the Kensington Cryogenic Plant in Kensington, Ohio.

The $400 million cryogenic processing plant is owned by UEO Buckeye and operated by Momentum. The facility processes natural gas and delivers the residue gas to the market.

John Zehentbauer, Career Technical Director at MCCTC, arranged the field trip attended by the students as well as their instructors Dan Kibler and Dennis Naples. He said the trip was a great experience for the students in both programs to learn more about careers in the oil and gas industry.

“As we change over the Power Equipment program it will add in oil and gas careers. And for the welding students, every pipe in that plant was welded so it is important for them to see what opportunities are available,” Zehentbauer said.

During the trip, the students were able to meet the Plant Manager Grant Hammer, tour the facility’s control room and were given a guided tour of the plant with Eric Mize EP/PA Manager for Momentum.

Spencer Snyder, a senior from Springfield in the Power Equipment program, was one of the students who toured the plant.

“It’s awesome. Way bigger than I expected,” Snyder said. “They showed us how the pad works and talked to us about the different job opportunities available.”

Jeff Gilger, a senior from Jackson Milton in the Welding program was also impressed by the size of the plant.

“It’s basically a city inside of a city,” he said. “It was very cool to see that and see what possibilities we had in the future for a career.”

For more information, contact Jacqueline Kuffel, Career Development Supervisor, at 330-729-4120. To learn more about MCCTC, visit them online at www.mahoningctc.com.


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