Alamo Colleges & Weatherford Get $1.5 Million to Train Eagle Ford Oilfield Workers

Alamo Colleges and Weatherford TWC Grant Check
Alamo Colleges and Weatherford TWC Grant Check

The Texas Workforce Commission is providing a $1.5 million skills development grant to fund the training of 673 new oilfield workers and 300 existing Weatherford employees. Alamo Colleges will train field technicians and engineers that will earn approximately $15-20/hr. 

Jobs currently available across the play include CDL drivers, Logistics Coordinators, Mechanics, Sales Roles, Technicians, and more - Search Avalable Eagle Ford Jobs Here.


Oil & Gas Job Fair In San Antonio April 3, 2012

Don't forget the Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Career Fair in San Antonio from 11-3 on April 3rd. Ten or more service companies will have jobs on display at the Norris Conference Center on Fredericksburg Road. You can also search for your new career right now at our Eagle Ford Jobs page.  Quick Facts:

  • 11-3 Tuesday April 3, 2012
  • 10+ Companies - Chesapeake, Flint, Weatherford, and more
  • Hiring CDL drivers, Welders, Supervisors, Operators, Drillers, etc

Alice TX - No Drilling, But Still a Boom Time

Alice Texas doesn't sit in the fairway of the Eagle Ford Shale, but it sure seems to be benefiting. A $6 million sales tax surplus was realized over the past year. The city budgeted income of $650,000 per month and only one month came in under $1,000,000. Weatherford, whose office had shrunk over several years, has grown from 27 to over 300 employees in three short years. An Alice based frack sand company, SandPro, has over 400 employees in the state. For reference, Alice's population is somewhere around 20,000. Companies with hundreds of employees make a big impact.

While not in the middle of development, the city is positioned centrally from east to west and the existing presence of the oil industry before the Eagle Ford boom, makes it an easy location for distribution and offices. 

SandPro trucking started two years ago with three trucks hauling sand to the oil field, and four employees; today it has 350 trucks and more than 400 employees around the state.

SandPro and other companies that have brought jobs, money and people to Alice since 2009 illustrate the remarkable ripple effect of the drilling frenzy on towns not directly over the Eagle Ford Shale. The closest producing Eagle Ford well is about 40 miles away, according to a Texas Railroad Commission map.

You wouldn't know it judging by the city's sales taxes. For the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, Alice budgeted $650,000 a month in sales tax revenue. Only one month came in under $1 million, giving the city a $6 million surplus, City Manager Ray De Los Santos said.


Weatherford San Antonio Office Planned

Weatherford International's San Antonio office will be located in southeast Bexar County at the northwest quadrant of Loop 1604 and Interstate 37. This is likely the first of many announcements to come as the Eagle Ford Shale play booms in surrounding counties. San Antonio is the only metro area in South Texas that affords the amenities that many people will want when moving to South Texas.  Weatherford's office will also include a yard for hydraulic fracturing equipment and other oilfield service tools. Corporate offices mean more Eagle Ford Shale Jobs in San Antonio.

Switzerland-based Weatherford International said in June that it will build a facility on the northwest quadrant of Loop 1604 and I-37, according to a company official. The structure will include offices and bays to house and service the company's hydraulic fracturing equipment, a company spokeswoman said.

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