Education Committee


The Education Committee is responsible for coordinating educational content and programs. Our purpose is to develop and manage educational programs and materials for GCA members and events. 

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GCA College Partners

The GCA College Partner Program is managed by the Education Committee.  It is our mission to support our college partners and their students with content, products and equipment, and scholarships.  The annual GCA Conference and Expo financially supports the mission of the College Partner Program.  

Lackawanna College

Educational Session Presentations

Select the links below to browse through the previous GCA conference presentations.

2020 GCA Summer Webinar Series:

On-Demand Webinar Links:

Cummins: COVID-19 Safe Work Playbook
July 22, 2020

JW Power Co: Common Causes of Injury in Gas Compression
August 5, 2020

Harvard Corp: How Ultra Clean Fluids Can Give High Cost Reductions
August 19, 2020

Alliant Group: Tax Breaks for GCA Members
September 2, 2020
Please contact Stephanie Mersman at for access to this on-demand recording.  

The Empowerment Alliance:  Fueling America’s Energy Independence
September 16, 2020

Enerflex: Large Equipment Logistics
September 30, 2020

FW Murphy: M-LINK Modem Capabilities
October 14, 2020

25th Annual GCA Expo & Conference

March 13, 2020

2020 GCA Expo & Conference Attendees and Exhibitors –

I wish that we had better news.  After much discussion, contemplation, and with overwhelming concern for the safety and well-being of our attendees, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 GCA Expo & Conference. 

Moody Gardens has been incredible to work with through this process.  They will be cancelling our room block TODAY, Friday, March 13th.  If you have a reservation in the room block IT WILL BE CANCELLED.  Please reach out to them directly, to make a new reservation, if you are still planning to visit the resort.  They would love to host you and your family!

Most of you are aware that the beneficiary of the proceeds from our conference are college students planning to enter the natural gas industry.  GCA partners with several colleges.  GCA college contributions provide scholarships, equipment, and supplies to these future industry employees.  These students will unfortunately be impacted by this cancellation.  The GCA Advisory Board, the GCA team, and especially the GCA Education Committee, are hopeful that you will consider their situation when we get to the payments / refunds section of this process.

Payments / Refunds:  Details will be posted here next week with Payment / Refund instructions. 

Thank you a hundred times over for your support of the Gas Compressor Association.  As a member organization, it is indeed humbling to have the honor of serving with so many individuals who so selflessly give of their time, expertise, and experience. 

Here’s to 2021!

Your GCA Team:

Alan Moore
Stephanie Mersman
Abby Odneal

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Stephanie at:

24th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
March 20, 2019
2019 Schedule of Events
Speakers, Exhibitors and Sponsors

GCA Banquet and Membership Meeting
The Emily Morgan Hotel – San Antonio, TX
October 18-19, 2018
Spears Presentation

GCA Membership Meeting
June 28-29, 2018

GCA Board & Committee Meeting
Embassy Suites
7600 John Q Hammons Dr
Frisco, TX 75034

23rd Annual GCA Expo & Conference

March 21, 2018

GCA Exhibitors

Applying OSHA’s Walking & Working Surfaces to Gas Compression
Speaker: Joe Avila, J-W Power Company

Practical Cybersecurity: Protecting Yourself and Your Company
Speaker: Chris Atkinson, J-W Power Company

Area Classifications Explained: Impact Material and Installation Practices
Speaker: David Lepley, Altronic, LLC

Essentials of Mounting & Aligning Rotating Equipment for Longevity of Operation
Speaker: David F. McCoy, Ariel Corporation

Back to Basics: RICE Compliance through Basic Maintenance
Speaker: Pat Runnels, FW Murphy Production Controls

The History of the Gas Compressor Industry
Speaker: Norm Shade, ACI Service

Product Tech Innovations
Speaker: Chris Jungers, Alfa Laval ACE
Speaker: Pat Norwood, Hotstart
Speaker: Roy Houston, ACI Services
Speaker: Nancy Cortez and Marco Lugo, Siemens
Speaker: David Bell, Altronic
Speaker: Chad Stovell, FW Murphy
Speaker: Doyle Taylor and Chad Brahler, Monico
Speaker: Thompson Speir, Well Caddie

Common Failures in the Field: Recommendations for Avoiding Downtime,
Machine Damage and Injury

Speaker: Alison Mackey, Baker Hughes GE Company

GCA Membership Meeting
Lakeway, TX
October 13, 2017

Oil and Economic Recovery
Speaker: Bruce Bullock, SMU Cox School of Business

22nd Annual GCA Expo & Conference
April 24, 2017

2017 Air Regulatory Update
Speaker: Mark Davis,  J W Power Company

NSPS OOOOa- Regulatory Changes and Highlights
Speaker: Dalyce Watson,  J W Power Company

GMRC High Speed Commpressor Package Guideline Project
Speaker: W. Norm Shade, PE, ACI Servics, Inc.

Digital Transformation of Oil & Gas and Asset Performance Management
Speaker: Alison Mackey, GE Oil and Gas

Slip, Trip and Fall Hazards in the Field Gas Compressor Industry
Speaker: Joe Avila, HSE Supervisor, J W Power Company

Put those Nodding Donkeys out to Pasture
Speaker: Bill Elmer, P.E. Vice President of Engineering, Encline Artificial Lift Technologies

21st Annual GCA Expo & Conference
March 21, 2016

Keynote Speaker Session
Dr. Ken Morgan, TCU Energy Institute

Emissions Pitfalls & Challenges for Emissions Compliance
Speaker: Dalyce Watson, J W Power Company

Emissions Basics & The Climate Change Initiative
Speaker: Dalyce Watson, J W Power Company

Permitting in Texas
Speaker: Bonnie Singh, Archrock Compression Services

Health & Safety
Speaker: Rob Leger CSP, ASP, Arkos Field Services

Advantages of Couple-Free Compression Technology
Speakers: Everette Johnson, GE Oil & Gas, and Mark Patterson, Ph.D., GE Oil & Gas

Techniques & Insights for Optimizing Reciprocating Compressors
Speaker: Dwayne Hickman, ACI Services, Inc.

Digital Solutions & Remote M & D for Gas Compression
Speakers: Surya Gudura, GE Oil & Gas, and Bhupinder Dayal, GE Oil & Gas

GCA Membership Meeting
Ft Worth, Texas
October 16, 2015

TCU Energy Institute Presentation

20th Annual GCA Conference & Expo
April 20, 2015

Environmental 101
Speaker: Bonnie Barrera, Exterran

GCA Envionmental Regulation Tools
Speaker: Mark Davis, J W Power Co.

Stack Testing
Speaker: Randy Bartley, BAIR Co.

Oil & Gas Permitting
Speaker: Whitney Boger, Trinity Consultants

Health & Safety 101
Speaker: Roger Lemke, Valerus

Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting
October 18, 2013

Outlook for the US Upstream Oil and Gas Industry
Speaker: John Spears, Spears & Associates, Inc.

18th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
April 17, 2013

Winds of Change, The Air Emission Update
Speaker: Erin Badough, Exterran

The Confluence on Geopolitics and Science of Texas-style Gas Production in Pennsylvania
Speaker: Terry Engelder

State of Tomorrow, Energy, Economy and the Environment
Speaker: Dr. Scott W. Tinker

17th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
April 2, 2012

Make Your Move
Speaker:  Brian Beaulieu

Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting

Investing in Energy to Invigorate the Economy
Speaker:  Bud Weinstein

16th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
March 21, 2011

Environmental Update
Speakers: K. Jantzen and J. Dutton

Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting
October 11, 2010

Outlook for the Oil & Gas Industry
Speaker:  John Spears, Spears & Associates, Inc.

15th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
March 7, 2010

Efficient Use of Our Natural Gas Resources
Speaker:  W. Norm Shade, ACI Services, Inc.

Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting
October 15, 2009

Oil & Natural Gas Prices – Where Do We Go From Here?
Speaker:  Stephen Brown

14th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
February 23, 2009

It’s An Ill Wind That Blows…
Speaker:  Chris Kuehl

Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting
October 27, 2008

Integrated Approach to Noise & Emission Compliance
Speaker:  Dennis Roundtree

Fall Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting
October 11, 2007

Outlook for the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry
Speaker:  John Spears, Spears & Associates, Inc.

12th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
March 5, 2007

Trends in the Natural Gas Sector
Speaker:  Duane C. Radtke

Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting
October 12, 2006

EPA Update Presentation
Speaker:  Mike Brand, Cummins, Inc.

Recognition Banquet & Business Meeting
October 12, 2006

Energy Prices & U.S. Economic Activity
Speaker:  Stephen Brown, Federal Reserve Bank Dallas

11th Annual GCA Expo & Conference
March 13, 2006

Petroleum Industry Outlook
Speaker:  John Spears, Spears & Associates, Inc.
Description:  An economic outlook for the petroleum industry

Fall Meeting
October 10, 2005

Energy Prices and the Economy
Speaker: Stephan Brown

GCA Member Internship Reimbursement Program

The Program:

The Gas Compressor Association (GCA) scholarship reaffirms our commitment to a belief in higher education. This scholarship is GCA’s way of thanking the member companies and employees who have helped make this Association successful. The intent of this program is to further incentivize member companies to provide paid internship opportunities to students within gas compression programs of our partner colleges

The GCA will offer up to five (5) $2,000 scholarships per year to GCA member companies, in good standing, which sponsor a paid internship of a student within the gas compression, oil and gas technology or a closely related oil and gas program at a GCA partner college.

Program Management:

Member companies may submit one application per associated partner college in their operating region. All applications submitted within the allotted timeframe will be entered into a lottery system. Drawings will be held by the end of April. The GCA Education Committee will advise the NACM representative, who will then notify the applicants of selection by May 15th.

The lottery system is designed to randomly select winners but will present one opportunity to each applicable member college before selecting a second within any specific geographical area.

For clarity, a member company operating in both the region of San Juan Technical college and Panola College, may apply twice and be awarded two scholarships.

Selection Criteria:

  • Awards will be determined by an automated selection software process and will not be influenced by any member of GCA or NACM.
  • Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin. Financial need is not a consideration.


Applicants shall be GCA member companies in good standing (current in payment of dues and regular participation in providing statistics, where applicable) who intend to employ an intern from an associated member college within the applicable calendar year.

Scholarships will be awarded for interns which are enrolled in a 1-year certificate or a 2-year associate degree program in gas compression, oil and gas technology or a closely related oil and gas program at a GCA partner college. GCA partner colleges currently include Lackawanna College, OSU Institute of Technology, Panola College, and San Juan College.

Application Procedure:

  • Member applicants must be eligibility requirements.
  • Submit internship employment offer letter and student acceptance letter to
  • Applications must be received no later than May 15th of year.

Scholarship Awards, Announcements, and Distribution:

The recipient(s) will be notified no later than June 15th.  Arrangements for delivering the award will be determined at that time.