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By Renée Jean [email protected]
When she was in her 20s, Loren Ferguson thought about getting a job in the oilfield, but her dad talked her out of it.
She was attracted to the money, but dad was so concerned about the idea, he actually offered to pay her not to pursue it.
“That’s a hard life,” she recalls that he told her. “Go to school first. If you want to go that route, at least set yourself up so you are not killing your body trying to do that.”
Ferguson still believes dad gave her good advice then, but on Tuesday she also learned, by taking part in an all-female rig-training class at TrainND, that oilfield work, despite being hard, is something she could have done.
“I like being active,” she said. “I feel like I had a good day’s work. I feel like it would be hard, but I do think it is something, as far as the work itself, that I could wrap my head around. I don’t know about the entire environment and life, but just as far as doing the work, I could do it.”