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Why grid spending needs to be a priority in the US

The debate over increased spending on our nation’s aging power grid system came up recently as we dealt with an increase in storms and other aging grid-related events.

Now that the US government shutdown is resolved, it is high time that the grid spending issue is addressed. As with any power system that generates electricity, it does require maintenance and updates on a regular basis to remain productive.

Power outages are a major cause of loss of income for almost every business. It’s also an inconvenient–and sometimes life-threatening–event for consumers. Americans rely on electrical power every day, from electric pumps that pump water, to a well keeping us cool in the summer, and not to mention all forms of electronic communication. Most of us do not think about what it will take to keep that flow of power coming in the future.

American homes and businesses lose power an average of 1.2 times per year, for an average of two hours each occurrence. The power grid system is made up of a complex set of power generation sources such as gas and coal -fired plants, hydroelectric, nuclear, wind and solar.

The idea is to get the power from the sources to the end user with a system of power stations, substations and under and above ground wires to carry it. The grid is what channels the power through to the end user from the source through a system of computer generated switches and power stations to move power where the demand is for that particular day.

Spending money to fix a grid system that is aging is estimated at about 21 billion per year for the next 20 years to get the grid technology up to speed with the ever -increasing demand and threats to our system as well.

Grid technology upgrades are a must, as we depend on these grids to function in order to live and work. After a computer glitch caused the blackout of 2003, some spending increases were put into effect. However, it wasn’t nearly enough to fix the problem.

Electrical engineers have determined that a major overhaul of the system must begin now before we encounter other major grid breakdowns in the near future.

The question that we the consumer and our government officials need to ask ourselves now that the shutdown is behind us is, “What is the cost of not upgrading the current system?”

Craig Gormus
Business Development Manager – MarylandThe Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

 

Why you should hire ex-military personnel for oil and gas jobs

In today’s military and civil service, engineering personnel come equipped with training details and are backed up with many years of invaluable technical and engineering experience which can transfer to the oil and gas industries.

In my recent experience, most placements are seamless for the right ex-military candidate seeking a new civilian career.

Something to think about when considering ex-military personnel is not only the training that is ingrained into them from day one, but also training in the art of learning to complete tasks and problem solve on their own.

Global oil and gas is booming now, and with insufficient contractors to meet new field requirements, some companies are having trouble meeting engineering staffing requirements. The Global Edge Consultants invites you to consider ex-military candidates for your current projects.

If you’re in a position to hire military veterans, you need to do it quickly and you don’t want to pay high recruiting fees. With 25 million veterans and 200,000 leaving active duty every year, you need to sort through all the sources and find the right candidate. Let The Global Edge Consultants help you fill your staffing needs today.

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Craig Gormus
Business Development (Washington Office)
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

Working in oil and gas pays off for new graduates

From Spindletop to The Beverly Hillbillies to natural gas shale-plays in Texas and South Dakota, oil pays.

And these days…it pays big.

 

Energy careers are in high demand, especially for oil and gas engineers. If you’ve got the training to become one after you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree, expect to be paid handsomely. According to OilGrads, a petroleum engineer had an average starting salary of $60,718 as of 2007. And energy engineers and geoscientists are some of the highest-earning professions in the United States.

But even if you don’t have a degree yet, there are still many entry-level positions available. Many popular positions include radio operators, engineers, welders, and heavy machine operators. If you’ve completed some classes towards a degree or possess related work experience, you can reap the benefits of on-the-job training from many companies. Learning on the job provides greater knowledge and hands-on experience, which in turn leads to big promotions—and higher salaries.

While the compensation may be attractive, it’s not about the money for many new graduates. It’s about embarking on what many consider to be a noble quest to fulfill the global demand for energy. With over nine million jobs in the US (and counting) coming from the oil and gas industry, the future looks bright for new grads interested in oil and gas.

Elizabeth ChapmanMarketing Assistant
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

 

With millennials entering oil and gas, times are changing

Recruiting efforts in the oil and gas industry become challenging when the client requests specific requirements.  Usually, these specific requirements do not fit millennial-age candidates due to lack of experience. So what makes these professionals in their 20s and 30s not as attractive?

Millennials are more likely to jump from one job to another for various reasons.  One reason is clients are leaning more towards contract jobs which may last under a year due to operating on a project-driven basis. Millennial candidates take on these short-term jobs to gain experience on different types of projects.  Once the contract ends, the candidate is immediately ready to move on to the next project.  Second, millennials have a reputation for seeking better compensation and deals.  They are more prone to take a new opportunity for a small raise than stay at their current position and finish out their assignment. These reasons will hurt their chances for getting hired, because today’s hiring managers like seeing longevity on resumes.  When recruiters are screening for candidates and don’t see longevity, the resume most often goes to the back burner.

In order to attract and retain the next generation of oil and gas talent, business leaders need to understand and observe the changing times in the recruitment industry.  Managers will need to accept a more diverse workforce with different levels of experience and also expose their staff to new opportunities that lets them gain new experiences.  Although millennials are criticized as self-centered and lazy, they are more educated than ever. It is expected that this generation will be the leaders in the oil and gas industry in the next 15-20 years.

Vickie Nguyen
Senior Resourcer
The Global Edge Consultants