On July 8th Coterra joined Unit drilling in hosting 100 educators from across Oklahoma at our drilling location. This event was part of a three-day Teacher Retreat organized by the OERB (Oklahoma Energy Resources Board). Ulterra Technologies and Baker Hughes also participated in the event, setting up informational stations.
Touring the Rig
Because of the size of the group Unit Drilling and Coterra personnel divided the group and proceeded to tour them around the location focusing on site construction, environmental protection, drilling technology, the rig floor, doghouse, backyard, rig walking package, casing, drill bits, and mud motor technology. All participants were outfitted with proper PPE and FR clothing and went through a detailed safety briefing and drilling 101 before entering the site. Coterra worked with Unit and OERB to ensure cooling stations, water, and other precautions were available to manage the excessive heat on site.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Following the tour, Coterra spent the rest of the day with the educators touring Francis Tuttle Technology Center, a public career and technology education center. The OERB collaborates with Francis Tuttle to offer the PetroTech Technical Training Program, a focused technical training program for individuals interested in acquiring the knowledge and certification necessary to pursue a career in Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry.
Educator Retreat Details
The goal of OERB’s Educators’ Retreat, which took place in Edmond on July 6-8, is to provide teachers the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the state’s largest industry so they can provide context and Oklahoma applications for lessons they already teach in their classroom. The all-expenses-paid event offered hands-on industry experience and exclusive tours, including Schlumberger’s Oklahoma City facility, Enbridge’s facilities in Cushing, and Coterra/Unit Drilling.
“The retreat was absolutely fabulous. I had no idea what to expect, but it certainly exceeded anything I could have imagined. I learned a ton and got some fantastic ideas for my students beyond what we typically think of as the oil and natural gas industry,” said Holly Johnson, eighth- and 11th-grade teacher at Sparks Academy.
Education and awareness are vital to the future of the energy industry – and this event was a great way to share knowledge with educators throughout the region. Check out some of the pictures from the day below!