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1 U.S. Midstream Industry: A Wealth of Opportunities Presented by Gas Processors Association (GPA)

2 What well talk about today Why were here Why you should pay attention A quick look at our industry Where YOU fit in Career opportunities Benefits of internships Scholarships How to get involved

3 Why were here API reports that 50% of todays energy industry engineers (average age: 51) will retire by the year 2015. Top 6 workforce issues (an API study) (Scale: 1=Not at all, 2=Low, 3=Medium, 4=High, 5=Extremely High) Issues Average Score Age Demographics !!!4.5 Recruiting Challenges 4.1 Skill Pool Management 3.9 Attraction & Awareness of Youth to Energy Industry 3.6 Image of the Energy Industry 3.6 Technical Skills / Competency Gaps 3.6

4 Why you should listen Were devoted to attracting, training and retaining our industrys future. The opportunities are there. Know about them. Take advantage of them.

5 Midstream: a simple explanation Natural gas has to go from Point A to Point B. Point A involves getting the gas out of the ground and into the pipeline. Point B is where the gas eventually ends up, so you can cook your food and heat your home. The line that connects Point A to Point B is where the midstream industry takes over.

6 Gas processing: connecting A to B Raw natural gas consists of hydrocarbons: methane propane butane pentane plus many more That raw natural gas must be purified, or processed, to meet quality standards and specifications set by the major pipeline and distribution companies. It also contains undesired materials: sulfur compounds, water, mercury, etc.

7 A more detailed view Well Gas Plant Y-Grade Pipelines Purity Storage Caverns Y-Grade Storage Caverns Purity Product Pipelines Refineries Chemical Plants Agricultural/Residential Industrial Fuels Fractionator Production Gas Processing Transportation Storage Liquids Processing Marketing Residue Gas to Interstate Pipelines Storage Tanks Distribution

8 The end result Without the act of processing, the delivery of natural gas to your home wouldnt be possible. Plus, we wouldnt see some of these familiar products on the market without hydrocarbons:

9 The future of natural gas supplies Perception: the liberal media report that were about to run out of natural gas. Reality: Estimated proven reserves of natural gas as of 2008 is 6,342 trillion cubic feet! The Houston Astrodome has a volume of about 41 million cubic feet. In essence, we have proven reserves roughly equal to the volume of 155 million Astrodomes!

10 The demand will be there too

11 So where do YOU fit in? The midstream industry offers a wide variety of entry-level opportunities for civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and chemical/petroleum engineering majors. Engineers in our industry … Work to improve efficiencies Assist in developing new technology Help identify and screen alternatives to improve existing operations OR to design and build new operations Act as combination engineers, scientists, economists, market development specialists and business executives.

12 Abundant opportunities for engineers Civil: pipelines, facility site preparation, foundation design Structural: skid design, pipe rack design, platform design Electrical: instrumentation design, specification and maintenance, facility electrification, motor design & specification Mechanical: pipeline and equipment specification and design, mechanical integrity Chemical/Petroleum: process design, equipment sizing, process optimization, operations support

13 Theres no such thing as a dead-end job Companies in our industry want their employees to learn, develop and advance. Most offer: Entry-level and professional development programs Continuing education Lucrative career paths matching your goals to the companys needs

14 Career opportunities Approximately 570 operating gas processing plants in the United States Jobs predominately located in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming and New Mexico Typical Salaries in the U.S. Energy Industry (0-3 years experience) (0-3 years experience) Sales & Marketing $70,000 Research & development $75,000 Engineering$75,000 Management$85,000+

15 Interested yet? Learn how to learn more. We dont expect you to know about our industry. Thats why internship opportunities exist. Internships are mutually beneficial … Companies get to know you better, while you have 2-3 months to see if the midstream industry is where you want to build a long-term career. You get to work on unique and challenging projects directly related to your field of study, while getting paid AND building your resume. Companies with intern programs hire the majority of their entry-level full time employees from their intern pool.

16 More about internship opportunities Every fall, recruiters visit select campuses across the U.S. to meet and interview students. In general, campus visits depend on: A companys particular needs The quality of programs offered by your school Your schools geographic proximity to a companys facilities Recruiters typically visit in late September for career fairs to meet students and answer general questions. They return in early October to hold interviews with previously selected students.

17 How to find internship opportunities Do your homework. Visit to become familiar with who GPA member companies Research the companies youre interested in working for, and explore the careers section of their web sites. Contact your universitys career services center to find out about opportunities and to learn when recruiters will be on campus. You can apply for internship positions and submit your resumes online through your campus placement office. When you meet with someone from a GPA member company, use that companys GPA involvement as a conversation starter. It lets that person know that youve done some research. Showing interest, alone, will increase your chances of landing an interview.

18 Other opportunities Each GPA chapter supports colleges and universities in their local/regional areas. $80,000 in scholarships go to students interested in the midstream industry each year, thanks to these GPA chapters: Houston Midcontinent (Oklahoma City/Tulsa) North Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth) Permian Basin (Midland/Odessa) ) Rocky Mountain (Denver) Learn more about chapters and scholarships:

19 The bottom line IS the bottom line. Midstream is a viable, durable and profitable business area with strong growth prospects. Check it out!

20 Lets talk! For questions or more information about the midstream industry, internship and scholarship opportunities or entry level jobs within the industry, contact Kenny. Kenny Wheat GPA Director, Technical Services (918) 493-3872 Photos used in this presentation are courtesy of ConocoPhillips.

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