Dedicated to the Mission
SUMMIT MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, LP
Summit Midstream Partners, LP, is a master limited partnership focused on owning and operating midstream energy infrastructure assets located in the core producing areas of unconventional resource basins, primarily shale formations, in North America. Summit owns and operates more than 2,300 miles of pipeline and about 250,000 horsepower of compression with operations in Colorado, Texas, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Ohio. The company has more than 300 employees. Headquarters are in The Woodlands, Texas. Regional offices are in Denver and Atlanta.
Summit has a deeply rooted commitment to support veterans, servicemembers, and their families. The company believes that the work ethic, commitment, integrity, and leadership veterans bring to an organization set the standard. Summit strives to improve its veteran hiring practices, which include active recruitment on veteran job sites, veteran-focused career fairs, and a cash-based referral program that rewards its employees for referring veterans and servicemembers.
The company has also initiated a partnership with the SHARE Military Initiative, which is based in Atlanta and a part of Shepherd Center, a hospital specializing in treatment, research, and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. SHARE is a rehabilitation program focused on assessment and treatment for servicemen and -women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. The program provides assistance, support, and education to servicemembers and their families during their recovery treatment and beyond. Some of the ways that SHARE helps its clients is through focused care with a dedicated military team specifically tailored to meet the needs of each client.
The partnership varies depending on the specific client's goals. In some cases, a SHARE client may spend time in one of Summit’s locations to help his or her transition to civilian life. In other cases, the client may be a candidate to work directly for Summit – and Summit partners the client with a company mentor in the area in which the client might work.
A VETERAN SUCCESS | MICHAEL MINNEHAN
Michael Minnehan was in the United States Army for 12 years before separating as a sergeant first class. His main responsibilities were to supervise ground vehicle maintenance. Now a plant operator at Summit, he operates a natural gas plant and conducts minor repairs. He started working at Summit in 2014.
Minnehan credits his military experience with preparing him for the job at Summit. "Working on ground vehicles helped me acquire skills needed to diagnose problem areas of the plant," he said. His military training also paid off when it comes to safety. "They provided a good baseline for understanding flow of fluids like hydraulic oil and fuel," he said. "The safety aspect of the job is just as crucial at Summit Midstream as it is in the military."
Minnehan encourages veterans and servicemembers to take their education as far as they can. "Go above and beyond what is required of you,” he said. “Don't just understand the manuals, but also understand why things work and how they work together. Get to know how to read schematics."
Staying mission-ready also pays off in the energy industry. "Professionalism goes a long way," said Minnehan. "Being dedicated to the mission is a characteristic that I notice is very valuable to my job. I have been called upon to work more than my required shifts at the plant, and having had to do that in the military made me well prepared to do so."
He likes working at his company because it recognizes what veterans bring to the table. "Summit Midstream is a great place to work as a veteran,” he said. “The service is always recognized as being a valuable asset.”
Veterans who will work hard should have no problem finding a job in the oil and gas industry, according to Minnehan. "This industry counts on individuals that aren't afraid to work," he said. "If you are willing to do that, then it is a good place to work."
He encourages veterans never to give up their job quest. "Stick with the applications. Just because you don't get the job the first time, don't give up. Don't be afraid to apply for jobs that you may not meet the minimum qualifications for. Some of them can be substituted with military experience."
This article appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of Search & Employ Magazine