Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) has opened a new facility designed specifically to address professional educational needs in the natural gas compression industry.
The Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center is a 24,000 square-foot facility that will teach students to diagnose, service and maintain gas compression equipment. A donation from Chesapeake Energy Corp., along with contributions from Devon Energy, ONEOK and Energy Transfer, helped kick off the project last year.
‘The new training center will enable OSUIT to more effectively teach students the technical skills necessary to maintain and operate natural gas engines and gas compressor units in an industry-quality laboratory,’ says Dr. Bill Path, President of OSUIT.
OSUIT offers an associate in applied science degree in natural gas compression, where students complete four semesters of coursework and two semesters of paid internships. OSUIT has offered the natural gas compression training curriculum since 1974, and created an independent program for the study in 1999.