Patrick Johnston (MS Geology, 2013)

Petroleum Geologist in Sacramento, California

After finishing my coursework at CWU and the first draft of my thesis, I went to Seattle where I worked as a geologist for Shannon and Wilson Inc. I worked there for 4 short months prior to taking a job with Canrig Drilling Technology LTD out of Bakersfield, CA logging oil and gas wells. I worked 12 hour days for almost two years at Canrig before receiving a job offer to work for Occidental Petroleum in the Fall of 2011. Most recently, I have been assigned to our Sacramento dry gas properties and find the work to be challenging and interesting.

I was able to defend my thesis in April of 2013, and the trip back to Ellensburg was truly nostalgic! I would not recommend to any future students to work while finishing their thesis. Find any way you can to get it done before you have to find a job!

Shortly after my thesis defense, my beautiful wife Amanda and I welcomed our son Jasper into the world on June 29, 2013. We could not be happier and are excited for the day when we can bring him to Ellensburg for a fishing and hiking vacation!

Information last updated on Aug 28, 2013