New shale jobs last year leaned toward engineering and construction

About one-fourth of new hires in the shale drilling industry took jobs in engineering and construction last year, according to a survey conducted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a Robinson-based trade group. 

The annual survey, based on data provided by the MSC’s member companies, found that 26.5 percent of new hires filled jobs in engineering and construction; 23 percent in equipment operations; and 15.2 percent in operations and maintenance.

The bulk of new hires, about 83 percent, came from Marcellus states — Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Maryland, according to the report. Most of those employees, about 60 percent, came from Pennsylvania. 

Meanwhile, the industry expects to continue hiring. The report found that member companies plan to hire more than 2,000 new employees in 2014. Those jobs are geared toward three sectors: engineering and construction, midstream and pipeline, and operations and maintenance. Most of those jobs would be in southwestern Pennsylvania, the MSC said.

Member companies of the Marcellus Shale Coalition include Chesapeake Energy, EQT Corp., Range Resources and MarkWest Energy Partners.

Stephanie Ritenbaugh: or 412-263-4910



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