Ryan Molloy used to be an Army Ranger, but he says his current job is the best one he's ever had.
Molloy, 26, is an equipment operator for Performance Technologies LLC, a Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary that provides pressure pumping services for fracture stimulation of oil and natural gas wells.
He joined the fledgling company about nine months ago after working as a goat rancher in his native California.
Molloy said it is a challenging job that allows him to work outside.
“You've got to be smart. You've got to be on point. You've got to be on your game,” he said.
Molloy said he wanted a green energy job after he left the military in 2009.
The company provided him with the necessary training to hit the ground running when it was time to go out into the field as part of a fracturing crew.
Molloy said his class formed a brotherhood similar to a military, with each member pushing the others to improve.
“We want to build this utopia of a new generation of fracturing companies,” he said. “We want to be the best.”
Houston-based Halliburton is one of the industry leaders in the field.
Andrew Bartz went to work for Halliburton about five years ago because the oil field offers some of the best-paying jobs in the
He said he didn't have any experience in the industry, but that didn't matter. Halliburton taught him what he needed to know.
Bartz said he likes the hands-on work and it has been rewarding to learn how to operate different equipment.
He has moved through the ranks at Halliburton to become a service operator II.
Typically he runs the blenders on a frac job that mix sand into the fluid that is pumped deep underground to stimulate oil and natural gas production.
“I enjoy what I do,” Bartz said. “Although it seems like the same thing every day, it's not.”
Bartz works with a team based in Duncan that is dispatched to wells all over western Oklahoma.
Performance Technologies, which is based in Edmond, keeps its equipment in El Reno.
Molloy is part of a crew that moves fracturing equipment and gets it set up at a well site. They're in and out in the span of four days, executing precise operations before moving on to the next well.
“It's such a fast and clean process, you blink and you can miss it,” he said. “We take whatever we bring to a location off location.”
Both Molloy and Bartz characterized their work as careers, rather than just jobs.
“We don't want people here just to collect checks,” Molloy said. “You've got to be willing to do what everybody else is doing, if not more.”