Leading in the Field
SEVENTY SEVEN ENERGY
Tony Feagins is a veteran who plays a leading role with Performance Technologies, LLC (PTL), an affiliate of Seventy Seven Energy. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004, then served in the Army on active duty until 2014. He separated as a captain, and is now a field operations coordinator with PTL.
“I was commissioned as a second lieutenant armor officer,” he said. “After completing the Armor Officer Basic Course, I was stationed in Germany from 2005 to 2008. I held the positions of battalion chemical officer, armor platoon leader, armor company executive officer, and battalion personnel officer.”
He eventually went to Iraq. “While in Germany, my unit deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” he said. “I returned to the United States in 2008 to attend the Maneuver Captain Career Course and the Scout Leader Course. I received an opportunity to command an armor company in 2008, and I later deployed a second time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. My duty assignment after my second deployment was with an Active Guard Reserve unit responsible for training National Guard and Reserve component soldiers deploying in support of the anti-terrorist efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Feagins has a full agenda at PTL. “My duties and responsibilities include coordinating logistics support, providing purpose and direction, providing feedback, and monitoring the performance of day-to-day field operations of a hydraulic fracturing fleet to ensure customer satisfaction on every job,” he said. “I am responsible for the safety, training, mentoring, and overall well-being of three service supervisors and more than 35 equipment operators. And I am also responsible for more than $50 million in well-stimulation equipment.”
Performance Technologies provides pressure-pumping services for natural gas and oil well stimulation treatments to improve well productivity and optimize production. PTL creates highly conductive reservoir paths by working closely with completions teams to select the appropriate treatment designs for each new and developing unconventional field. PTL provides services in Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio – with plans to expand into other areas. Company headquarters are in Oklahoma City.
Feagins finds the command structure at his current company resembles that of the military. “The PTL personnel breakdown is very similar to the task organization of an Army battalion,” he said. “Each district is managed by a district manager and one or more assistant operations managers with duties and responsibilities similar to a battalion commander and his battalion executive officer.
“All personnel working on wellsite locations are divided into fleets consisting of three pressure-pumping crews very similar to the subordinate companies and platoons of the Army. The fleet is managed by a field operations coordinator with duties and responsibilities similar to a company commander.
“Each pressure-pumping crew within the fleet consists of a supervisor, from eight to 15 equipment operators, and two maintenance technicians. The supervisor has duties and responsibilities similar to a platoon leader. In addition, there is a supporting staff with emphasis on personnel, billing, training, logistics, supply, maintenance, and sales."
Feagins said that his company is hiring. “The job opportunities in my company are equipment operator and maintenance technician positions,” he said. “Equipment operators are responsible for operating and maintaining pressure-pumping equipment, associated tools, and major components. This position is similar to almost all branches of the military with motorized equipment in their inventory. Maintenance technicians are responsible for maintenance and servicing of pressure-pumping equipment and associated components.”
PTL has a history of hiring veterans. “Veterans accounted for more than 30 percent of the personnel employed with PTL when I started with the company in 2013,” said Feagins. “Veterans make good employees because we understand the importance of standards and discipline, personal accountability, and personal responsibility. Also, veterans have the experience of working with people and operating heavy equipment.”
The culture at PTL is a good fit for veterans, according to Feagins. “PTL is a great company for veterans because the company’s core values of ‘Safety,’ ‘Service quality’ and ‘Do it right the first time’ are similar to the code most veterans lived by while serving in the military,” he said.
Servicemembers should use all the tools at their disposal when they are looking for post-military employment. “I used a recruiting company to increase my exposure to some of the top companies in the United States,” said Feagins. “The company also assisted me with building a resume and preparing for an interview.”
How should veterans sell themselves to prospective employers? “Companies are looking for employees like you,” said Feagins. “You have experience leading and motivating people, maintaining equipment, and effectively managing your time to accomplish a given task. Relax and demonstrate to the company how you can be an asset to their team.”
“As for working at PTL, it’s important for prospective employees to show how they can be an asset to the company. Be early for your interview and show an interest in Performance Technologies,” he said. “Discuss your abilities with examples to help convey your message and discuss how you will help the company achieve our goals.”