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Cool Job: Workers pleased to be part of area's hydraulic fracturing boom

The area's oil and natural gas boom is providing plenty of job options, thanks to the demand for hydraulic fracturing crews.
BY JAY F. MARKS Published: May 20, 2012

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 region.

He said he didn't have any experience in the industry, but that didn't matter. Halliburton taught him what he needed to know.

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Career: Equipment operator on hydraulic fracturing crew.

Experience: No oil field experience necessary, although familiarity with heavy equipment can be preferred.

Characteristics: Safety conscious, hard worker, team player.

Salary: Workers earn an average of $96,000 a year, according to job search website


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