Help wanted in ExxonMobil gas patch

ExxonMobil added an additional day of pre-employment testing following heavy response to its announcement that it is adding employees for its operations in Rio Blanco County.

The company is doing testing in Grand Junction on June 5 for production personnel at its Piceance Creek operations.  ExxonMobil spokesman J.D. Estes said that following advertising that started May 10, testing slots for June 5 had nearly filled by Tuesday.

He said another testing session will take place June 6 to accommodate the high interest. Those who pass the test next will undergo interviews.

Estes said ExxonMobil currently has about 55 employees working as operators in the Piceance Basin. They work as plant and field operators, mechanics, and instrument and electrical technicians.

Between production and office staff and contractors, ExxonMobil’s total employment in the Piceance Basin runs from 1,000 to 1,500 people, Estes said.

ExxonMobil is encouraging experienced and entry-level personnel to take the test, and it says prior oil and gas experience is not required.

Testing slots are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, go to and log in. Under “Next Steps,” click on “Production — Grand Junction CO” as your test location preference. Select “Colorado-Northwest” under “Geographic Area,” “Production — Northwest Colorado” for “Work Location” and “Production Technician” as “Job Interest.”

ExxonMobil has maintained a steady, fairly active drilling program in its Piceance Basin holdings, even as some companies sharply reduced or even suspended their local drilling last year.

Estes said the additional hiring shows “our long-term commitment to the region and the development of our acreage.”


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