Keep up-to-date with our latest events and activities via our online calendar below.

Job Searching Workshop with SPE | 1/27 – 1pm in 108 Chambers

Are you wondering how to be more valuable in the job market? What jobs are available to petroleum engineers? What working in the oil and gas industry is really like? We are two recent PSU Alumni here to share our knowledge on how you can gain a competitive edge, find a great career where you weren’t looking, and maintain employment and satisfaction in your work in the industry downturn.

What We’ll Cover:

– Where you can find employment in the upstream services and suppliers, midstream, and downstream industries

– What skills, software proficiency, and certifications you can achieve that will give you a competitive edge in the job market.

– What inexpensive technical conferences you can attend to learn more and network

– How to effectively search the internet for job opportunities, and how to get more responses

– How to determine the financial health of a company for job stability

– How to progress in your career advancement, how graduate school can play a role

– Will Chastka (2012 PNG E): I’ve held 3 different roles in various sectors of the natural gas industry that has given me a wide understanding of where you can fit in with your PNG E degree. I worked two years in natural gas storage for National Fuel, transferred to production in the Marcellus and Utica for Rex Energy for 2 years, was one of many to be laid off in the 2+ year downturn, and then found employment in natural gas utilities as a system planning engineer for UGI, where I have worked 8 months.

– Alex Bronner (2011 EBF, 2018 MBA): I held 3 roles at Halliburton Energy Services where I worked with Directional Drilling, Wellbore Cementing, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Completion Tools. During my tenure, I worked in six U.S. States; and, my positions required me to work with customers, field personnel, sales, supply chain, and engineering. Currently, I’m enrolled in the Penn State Smeal MBA program dual focusing in Finance and Supply Chain Management.

UGI is also planning to announce a few job openings/internships that were found while preparing this talk. They are hiring a Gas Supply Intern for this summer in Reading, PA. Applicants need a 3.0 GPA in an engineering or business (EBF) major, and they can leave a Resume at the meeting. There will be food at this meeting. The meeting is this Friday (1/27) at 1 PM in 108 Chambers.

Guest Speaker: John Schwenck of SJI | 2/12, time and location TBD

South Jersey Industries (SJI) is a publicly held energy services holding company for a natural gas utility and other, non-regulated companies.  John Schwenck graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016, John Schwenck received dual-degrees in Economics and Supply Chain & Information Systems along with a minor in Statistics.  He is an Energy Analyst at SJI and will give a guest presentation to PSEMA!

Reverse Career Fair, 2/13

The PSEMA Exec Board will be attending the Penn State Reverse Career Fair on 2/13 at Beaver Stadium. Essentially, PSEMA will set up their own booth at the Reverse Career Fair, which will connect us with other companies across the country.  Our main goal is to show off our newsletters/mission and hopefully gain contacts for guest speakers and funding.

BP Info Session/Joint Meeting w/ PSEMA | 2/13, time and location TBD

Come stop by and learn more about BP, a major international oil and gas company.  BP has a strong partnership with PSEMA and we visited their trading facilities in Houston, TX last year.  Look forward to this meeting!

Guest Speaker: Dr. George Young of PSU | 2/23, time and location TBD

George S. Young

George S. Young

  • Professor of Meteorology
  • Joint appointment with the GeoEnvironmental Engineering Program
620 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-4228
  1. PhD — Colorado State University
  • Member of the Graduate Faculty
Teaching Interests

Statistical weather prediction, verification, artificial intelligence, boundary layer, mesoscale and synoptic-scale weather systems, risk valuation, software design.