CV Tech Forges Training Relationship with Neighboring Halliburton

Halliburton’s El Reno Service plant (shown) is located directly across the street from Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno Campus. The school has been providing customized training for new Halliburton employees the past few years.

January 5, 2018

EL RENO – A natural training relationship has developed between Canadian Valley Technology Center and its newest neighbor on Historic Route 66 in central Oklahoma – Halliburton Company.

CV Tech is host to weekly training classes for new Halliburton employees hired from surrounding communities. The oilfield services company – founded in Oklahoma in 1919 – has invested significantly in the area over the past three years.

Halliburton and other energy companies have been robust in developing along State Highway 66 near a new Interstate 40 interchange at Radio Road.

Halliburton constructed a 57-acre service facility at a site across the street from CV Tech’s El Reno Campus.

For decades, CV Tech has provided affordable customized industry training similar to this for area companies. The school is thrilled to have built a trusted relationship with Halliburton, said CV Tech Business and Industry Services Director Dr. Jay Watson.

“We have provided a lot training in the last few years,” Watson said. “The relationship is growing. We have already discussed adding a second week of training.”

Currently, new employees spend their first eight hours at the Halliburton facility and the next 32 hours across the street at CV Tech, Watson said.

CV Tech provides a myriad of services that include new hire orientation, medic first aid, PEC Core Compliance and commercial driver's license training (for those who will become truck drivers).

The PEC program provides the bulk of the training and combines health, safety and environmental training certifications, including mandated Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Minerals Management Service training and material covering dozens of health, safety, and environmental topics.

 The extended training proposal under discussion with Halliburton is being called a safety school. Curriculum is expected to include fork lift training, aerial lift instruction, fall prevention, log-out, tag-out and respirator training.

Stan Yerton, Halliburton El Reno District Manager, said the business relationship with CV Tech has been a boost to the company.

“We started this relationship late in 2014,” Yerton said. “It’s gone so well that we want to take another step by getting the safety school up and running.”

Yerton said discussions are ongoing about the potential of adding a third week of training.

Oklahoma’s economy is dependent upon energy. The oil and natural gas industry is the largest direct revenue contributor to the state budget. The industry accounts for a combined 22 percent of all state taxes, according to a Fall 2016 report published by the State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation.

Oklahoma ranks fifth among states in oil production and third in production of natural gas, the report states.

The U.S. and international impact of the oil industry, specifically, results in more than 6,000 products used by consumers, according to engineers at Chevron who compiled an exhaustive list of petroleum-based products.

The list includes all forms of plastics and products like ink, refrigerant to keep food from perishing, petroleum jelly, upholstery, aspirin, fertilizers, detergents, parachutes for the military, artificial limbs and contact lenses.

Shaving cream, toothpaste, and paints all have petroleum in them, as do shoes, furniture, carpeting, and building materials like roof shingles.