Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Marcellus Shale—Energy Training

To meet the growing necessity for a trained workforce in multiple positions associated with the Marcellus Shale, CCAC has put together an exciting strategy for training. This strategy recognizes the workforce needs of the entire industry (exploration, drilling and production), which incorporates a wide range of occupations and, therefore, greater training opportunities.

Occupations in this industry include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Corporate headquarters
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Technical (Technicians)

CCAC training, both credit and non-credit, can prepare individuals in sustainable, high-skill "nexus" occupations, confirmed by Three Rivers Clean Energy, Marcellus Shale stakeholders and the Emerging Industry Workforce Strategy report. The list below shows the occupations connected to this industry and those credit degree and certificate programs CCAC offers to obtain training for those occupations.

In addition, CCAC offers a course on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance skills in any program of study. A perfect example of application of GIS knowledge would be the new Land Administration program (see below). To learn more about Geographic Information Systems and its applications, go to the GIS page. To register for the course, follow the link below:

CIT636 - Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS course). 

Lease Agent/Landman

Abstractor/Title Examiner

Environmental Waste Specialist/Environmental Science Technician

Draftsman/Cartographer

General Office Staff

Surveyor

Heavy Operating Engineers

  • Heavy Operating Engineers Apprenticeship certificate
    NOTE: This four-year certificate program has special admissions requirements. It offers qualifying applicants occupational training under the sponsorship of the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) of the Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers.

Mechanic (engine/vehicle)

Welders

Electrical/Electronic Technician

Equipment/Building Maintenance (non-engine)

Electrician

  • Electrical Construction Technology degree
    NOTE: This five-year program has special admissions requirements. It offers qualifying applicants occupational training under the sponsorship of the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) of the Western Pennsylvania International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local #5).

Students currently enrolled in these programs can learn more about employment in the Marcellus Shale industry by contacting a campus Career Services office.

The CCAC Workforce Development Division also offers a number of non-credit programs for immediate, short-term and ongoing training including courses in:

In addition, CCAC's Workforce Development Division is in the process of developing the next Roustabout training program slated to start in June (details to come). Those interested in the Roustabout training must first register with ShaleNET and go through CareerLink to be eligible.

New Offering!

SafeLand: PEC Basic Orientation Marcellus Shale Safety

CCAC has partnered with MacSafety Consultants to offer SafeLand Training for contractors working in Pennsylvania's growing natural gas industry.

Career Opportunities & Training in Energy

Learn about job opportunities and training in a wide variety of energy-related areas.

Power of Pittsburgh - Jobs in Energy

Careers in the Oil & Gas Industry

ShaleNET

Job Opportunities in Marcellus Shale Report

Marcellus Shale Information Source

Learn about the important issues regarding Marcellus Shale and the impacts of natural gas drilling.

Marcellus Shale Coalition

Three Rivers Clean Energy

Geology.com