The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition has come to an end. Over the course of three days, the Cajundome and Convention Center was transformed. World leaders in the oil and gas production industry poured into Lafayette.
More than 2,000 people registered for the first ever LAGCOE Career Fair. LAGCOE Communications Director, Claire Thom explained that a problem for the oil and gas industry is the severe shortage in qualified workforce.
"We have the space and we have the folks, so we thought it would be a great combination of time and resources to pull everyone in while the companies are here," added Thom.
Marcy Read is the Human Resource Representative for Weatherford International an oil and gas services company. Read said it's been a steady flow of people; including women applicants. "I had several women applicants. I was relatively pleased to see we had a couple of Petroleum Engineers recent graduates; which is great for our industry which is primarily men."
Keegan McClain, a former UL Lafayette student is a product designer for Noble Plastics. Noble Plastics is a woman owned business located in Grand Coteau. McClain says the company turns ideas into tangible products or solutions, ready for manufacturing. The company had on display a robot used at the company. "We automate as much as we can. Our robots will do things like pull the part out of a mold or clip and trim."
Thom says for information on some of the companies you can go to The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition website lagcoe.com.