Job offers before graduation
Wetter won’t be graduating until December, but he has already had job offers as
early as this past spring with the help of few handshakes made possible by a few
(hundred) dollars from his college, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
past, Wetter says he bounced around between programs, manual labor and lower
paying jobs, but he wanted to learn a skill and truly be compensated for it. He
tried his hand at architectural drafting and electrical programs before finally
settling on industrial maintenance at WITC-Superior.
a niche here. It’s a very supportive environment. We’re always doing something
different in class,” said Wetter.
while on a trip to Deer River, Minn., this past February that Wetter was engaged
by the stories about the North Dakota oil fields and the opportunities it
provided. He learned of a career fair coming up in Williston, N.D., the
following month, but between family, work and school, he couldn’t spare the
extra funds to attend. After finding out his dilemma, staff pointed him to the
WITC Dreamkeepers scholarship.
got me hooked-up with a scholarship to pay for the trip to get out there,” said
scholarship, Wetter and two other WITC students were able to use the $500 to pay
for the gas, hotel fees and food to make the trip a reality.
insane out there, like Black Friday times two or three,” said Wetter, noting the
mass amounts of laborers, skilled laborers and engineers from all over the
country. The job fair hosted 75 employers with companies from throughout the
country, too. Wetter stood in line with the rest of the prospects, who he says
were mostly men. By the end of the day, he realized that the tables were turned.
He was the one looking for his prospective company. With potential for multiple
offers, he would ultimately have the tough decision of which company to start
his career with.
were all sorts of big players, Key Energy Services, Targa Resources, Burlington
Northern Santa Fe Railway and Schlumberger. One company offered to fly me out
to Oklahoma for a job interview. You choose where you want to go,” said Wetter.
“I got three positive phone calls back in the first three weeks after the job
fair, anything from $18-22 an hour with full benefits and housing assistance.”
Wetter would like to stay close to his family, which includes his wife Jessica
and two kids ages five and eight, the draw to the oil fields is luring him.
definitely going out to North Dakota, if something doesn’t work out locally,”
said Wetter. “The money out there is so hard to turn down and the education
that you get out there. You work 12-16 hour days. It’s hard work out there. It’s
feels his education and skills from WITC helped him impress his potential
employers. He already knew the basics of how to work with pumps, hydraulics,
electrical, welding and rigging.
Wetter’s short-term goal is graduating this December and landing the right
position with a solid company, his long-term goals include financial
responsibility and security.
to start off on the right foot after graduation, so we’re not living paycheck to
paycheck and take care of student loans.”
his family is willing to help make the potential career in North Dakota work.
a wealth of opportunity out there. It’s great opportunity to get that
experience. It’s a sacrifice, but well worth it.”
Special thanks: Scott Wetter would like to thank his wife Jessica; his
instructor Steve Miller, Kent Lundahl; his lab partner, Jake Moore and his wife;
and Alison Stucke for their support.