September 17, 2012

From touring technology centers and manufacturing plants to visiting drilling and fracking sites, this year’s Camp Tiger participants gained a practical look at the ins and outs of the oil industry. Twenty five engineering and geology students attended the second annual camp sponsored by Halliburton.

“[Camp Tiger] was a great opportunity to gain intimate knowledge of a premier oil field services company, including the different types of equipment, personnel and job sites that a petroleum engineer will be working with on a daily basis,” said Grant Bougere, a petroleum engineering junior from Tampa, Fla., and a 2012 Camp Tiger participant.

The College of Engineering partnered with Halliburton Energy Institute to send a group of students to Duncan, Okla., for a week-long camp at Halliburton’s training facility. Students received an in-depth look at the raw chemical, manufacturing and field operations at Halliburton and were escorted by Halliburton employees to the various sites. They toured the oil fields, the technology and manufacturing centers and drilling and fracking sites and attended information debriefing sessions where they learned more about each site.

“I wanted to see a drill site and a fracking site in action and learn how they work,” said Jeanne Robichaux, a petroleum engineering junior from Thibodaux, La. “I got everything out of [Camp Tiger] that I wanted and it was a great experience.”

Sarah Jones, the staff chaperone for the trip, said that the camp allowed LSU engineering students to uniquely experience the varied aspects of the oil and gas services business including technology development, manufacturing and field applications.

Out of 120 applicants, only 25 were accepted to this year’s program. Students were invited to apply for the program and went through a selection process to earn a spot.

“By attending the camp, I was hoping to get my foot in the door and network with people,” said Trey Misuraca, a petroleum engineering junior from Baton Rouge, La. “I wanted to grasp what was going on in the oil industry.”

Students were divided into small groups, participating in team building activities, which allowed them to meet other students in their major. They discussed classes and met graduate students who could help them during their college careers. There were numerous talks with experts in the areas of drilling and well optimization including LSU alumnus Alexander Chretien who is an Associate Technical Professional in Production Enhancement – Controls and Sensors.

“I believe this was an excellent experience for the students and provided them a deeper understanding of the theoretical and technical material learned in the classroom,” Jones said. “The LSU students agreed it was a great motivator for them to excel in the classroom.”

The trip also showed Misuraca that petroleum engineers have several career choices in the trade.

“There are so many options for what you can do in petroleum engineering, and it helped me lay out all of my options more clearly,” Misuraca said.

“Some of the takeaways from this experience were that Halliburton is not only a top-notch oil field services company, but an outstanding company all around,” Bougere said. “The hosts did everything that they could to make it a first-class experience for Camp Tiger participants. This was an exciting experience which provided me the opportunity to learn more about my profession and motivated me to become a better student.” 

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Article written by Elise Bernard, communications intern. For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, carcen6@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0092.  



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