New Mexico Students to Learn about Technologies and Career Opportunities
On October 2-3, 2012, 250 high school juniors and seniors from across New Mexico will be in Artesia to learn more about the workings of the state’s oil and gas industry at the New Mexico MESA (Math Engineering and Science Achievement) Oil and Gas Education and Career Fair.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about job opportunities in many different areas of the oil and gas industry. They will also visit oil and gas exploration/production sites near Artesia. “The oil and gas industry has a high demand for young math, engineering, and science oriented individuals, and this event is designed to let them know of the great opportunities for careers in this industry.,” says New Mexico MESA, Executive Director, Toney Begay.
Members of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) are sponsoring the event. “The oil and gas industry is proud to be bringing some of our state’s best and brightest high school students to learn more about our industry,” says Kent Cravens, NMOGA Director of Governmental Affairs.
Amanda Trujillo, a former New Mexico MESA student who graduated from Cibola High School in Albuquerque and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, conceived of the event. Ms. Trujillo started as in intern with Yates Petroleum in Artesia and now works for the company as an environmental scientist.
The event will also feature an outdoor equipment exposition at the Bulldog Bowl parking lot. Oil and gas service and equipment companies will display numerous pieces of technical equipment. The companies will have their engineers and technicians at the event to explain the detailed workings of the equipment to the students.