Tomball: Lone Star to pump skills, not oil, at $4.5M rigTomball: Lone Star to pump skills, not oil, at $4.5M righttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=23572014-12-01T13:32:00Z2014-12-01T00:00:00Z

TOMBALL - Lone Star College (LSC) will soon build a rig on 18 acres of an old oilfield. The steel tower and platforms will be the newest classroom of sorts, providing a hands-on experience for would-be roustabouts to hone their skills in darkness, rain and heat.

"No one wants someone to practice on a live rig," said Linda Head, the college system's associate vice chancellor for workforce development and corporate partnerships. "It's just not a safe situation."

The approximately $4.5 million rig is the latest of several new efforts in the Houston area to train skilled laborers to join the burgeoning, but sometimes dangerous, oil- and gas- drilling work force.

The Lone Star rig is to be built to scale, 275 feet from front to back. The height is still to be determined. It will run 24 hours a day for about 200 days per year, Head said.

LSC-Tomball president Lee Ann Nutt said the rig will feature courses on electrical technology, commercial wiring, engineering, pneumatics and hydraulics. There will also be a 30-seat classroom to complement the rig's "hands on component."

Head said the rig would feature pipe-handling equipment, drillers' chairs and some sort of simulator. The plan is to have the rig up and running by summer 2015.

Data from the Houston-Galveston Area Council shows that the number of job openings for oil and gas industry workers is expected to grow almost 24 percent in the Gulf Coast region from 2012 to 2022. That number is more than 27 percent for roustabouts.

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