John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation.
Before receiving his petroleum engineering degree from Penn State in 2013, Mr. MacZura, 30, had already piqued the interest of five or six oil and gas companies. He had job offers from three. He eventually joined Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas, where he now works as a completions engineer.
“The military plays a large part in how I got to where I’m at today,” said Mr. MacZura. He spent four years stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and two in the National Guard.
“I can’t say I was a commodity, but I was definitely sought after by companies,” he said.
Finding work in the energy sector isn’t a new concept for veterans, but there has been an increased interest in recent years due to the shale gas boom. Carl Dokter, a development manager with Fort Worth-based Range Resources, has seen this trend first hand.
“When the Marcellus kicked off in earnest in 2008-09, I would say there were two or three of us,” said Mr. Dokter, a veteran field artillery officer.