Stateline Employees Host Student Shadows


Employees at our Stateline Plant in North Dakota hosted a trio of Williston High School students for National Job Shadow Day. The visitors spent about six hours at the plant learning about natural gas liquids and how they’re processed.

Jesse Hale, manager, processing operations, led the effort along with Alex Goldberg, engineer, and Robert Leavitt, maintenance supervisor.

The students got the lay of the land on a drive-through tour of the plant, stopping to learn about each process along the way. Then, back in the control room, they paired up with plant operators, sitting side-by-side at “the board,” for some hands-on experience running the plant.

Second to actually operating the plant, the highlight of the day may have been the burgers that Hale and his co-hosts grilled for an all-employee lunch.

 “This is a good example of us becoming an active member of the community in which we live,” said Hale. “The students were really interested and asked a lot of questions – I hope we can do it again sometime.”

Two of the students will graduate in May – one plans to tackle mechanical engineering and the other will study computer programming. The third, as yet undecided, is leaning toward a business degree after graduation.

This is the first year ONEOK has participated in National Job Shadow Day, a nationwide effort to introduce young people to the world of work by giving them an up-close look at a particular job, company and industry.