Chesapeake Energy Center Dedication

A first of its kind, the 23,920 square foot Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, machinery and tools so students are ready to work in the natural gas industry right after graduating with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Natural Gas Compression.


The public dedication of the $4.9 million facility was Sept. 25, 2013 on the OSU Institute of Technology campus. OSUIT President Bill R. Path, OSU President Burns Hargis, Chesapeake Oilfield Services Chief Executive Officer Jerry Winchester and Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Institute Division Chair Roy Achemire all spoke about the importance of this new center and the opportunities it brings to students entering the natural gas industry.


Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, dedication attendees toured the new Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Training Center led by Natural Gas Compression students and attended a reception in the shop area inside.

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy and other major gifts from Devon Energy, ONEOK, and Energy Transfer were instrumental in the construction of the training center, turning an industry dream into a reality.

Students in the Natural Gas Compression program, as well as incumbent workers in the industry, will utilize the training center to learn how to better diagnose, service and maintain natural gas compression equipment. The facility will also give students a more realistic experience when it comes to the maintenance and operations of natural gas engines and gas compressor units.

The Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center will feature classrooms equipped with SMART Boards and areas dedicated to practical skills training.

Beyond the classroom, the center will also be available to upgrade the skills and abilities of those already in the workforce. The conference rooms will allow OSU Institute of Technology to host seminars and workshops related to the natural gas industry.

One of the most impressive features of the new building, and one that’s hard to miss, is the dual rail overhead cranes, each with a 30-ton capacity, that allow the safe lifting and maneuvering of compression skids.

Natural Gas Compression training has been a part of OSU Institute of Technology’s curriculum since 1979, but in 2000 it became an independent program.

With the completion of the Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center, the program’s enrollment is expected to grow from 65 to more than 160 students, more than double, by the year 2015.


Special Thanks

  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Devon Energy
  • Energy Transfer
  • ONEOK

Support From

  • OSU Foundation

Program

$4.9 Million Facility

Dedication of the $4.9 million facility was Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at 11 a.m.

23,920 Square Foot

The 23,920 square foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, machinery and tools.

60-Ton Capacity

Dual rail overhead cranes, each with a 30-ton capacity, that allow the safe lifting and maneuvering of compression skids.

65 to more than 160

With this center the program’s enrollment is expected to more than double by 2015, from 65 to more than 160 students.