A Bakken Education

By The Bakken Magazine Staff | June 24, 2013

Teachers in North Dakota are learning about the oil patch and how it affects their students, thanks to the outreach efforts of private companies and organizations. The North Dakota Petroleum Council organized a week-long event in mid-June that helped educate the educators on a range of information from well spudding to pipeline sizes. The event also provided each teacher with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. Decision-makers and government officials from several Bakken-related industries provided basic insight, as well, into the jobs now available because of the activity there.

Jason Kringstad, director of the N.D. Pipeline Authority, explained to the teachers the basics of pipeline construction, monitoring and jobs. “From an education standpoint,” he said, jobs include, “engineers, operators, developers and IT specialists related to instrumentation and control. There are just so many different options for folks to get involved with the pipeline industry for their career options.” Along with input from Kringstad and others, the teacher group visited a well site and toured a refinery.