Victoria College and Key Energy Services collaborate to train new truck drivers

Pictured here alongside Victoria College’s training truck are representatives from Victoria College, Houston Community College, Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent and Key Energy Services.

Victoria College announced Tuesday that it will train new employee- drivers from Key Energy Services starting this month.

New employee-drivers for Key’s fluid management division will be trained by VC instructors. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a Commercial Driver’s License.

“We are happy to send our new drivers to Victoria to receive excellent training, which will not only help improve the skills of employees in our company, but also employ those interested in working with us,” said Dennis Douglas, senior vice president, Fluid Management Services at Key.

“Additionally, we chose VC because they already offer an outstanding program and were willing to work with us to customize training for our needs,” added Douglas.

The college is also strategically located near Key’s operations and facilities ranging from George West to El Campo—a region important to many of Key’s Gulf Coast customers.

Victoria College President Tom Butler is also looking forward to the collaboration.

“Victoria College has a strong reputation for collaborating with different businesses that need customized training services,” Butler said. “An important element of our mission as a community college is to provide training programs that result in increased opportunities for businesses and employment options for local workers.”

Headquartered in Houston, Key provides a complete range of well intervention services, including fluid management, and has operations in all major onshore oil and gas producing regions of the continental United States and internationally in Mexico, Colombia, the Middle East, Russia and Argentina. It is the largest onshore, rig-based well servicing contractor based on the number of rigs owned. Key also has several service locations throughout South Texas.

Key’s fluid management plays a crucial role in effective reservoir management. Specialized tank trucks are constantly on call and may be mobilized within minutes to deliver, store and dispose of drilling fluids, flow-back, and produced water.

“The collaboration between Key Energy Services and Victoria College couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Henry Guajardo, executive director of Golden Crescent Workforce Development Board.

“The demand for skilled labor, especially truck drivers, has increased tremendously in the Golden Crescent in recent months,” Guajardo said. “Again, Victoria College has stepped up to meet the training needs of industry.”

Because Key will be training its new employees locally, it will be recruiting heavily from the local area as well. Anyone interested in changing their career to truck driving should inquire with Key Energy Services, Douglas said.

“I’d say to those considering Key as a career change, that Key is a good company providing career advancement opportunities.” Douglas said. “We are excited to be offering these new career opportunities to candidates with transferable skills to our industry.”

The first class, which began on Tuesday, has 14 students. Courses will be ongoing throughout the year.  Trainees coming in from outside Victoria such as McAllen, Aransas Pass and San Diego, will be housed at the University of Houston-Victoria’s Jaguar  Court throughout the five-week course.


posted on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 by Katy Long

Published: Thursday, 26 January 2012

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