Patrick Amole grew up in Florida but moved to Wyoming in 2002 with a background in music recording.  It was after getting married to a Big Piney girl and having their first of three children that Patrick made a career change and went back to school for engineering at the University of Wyoming.  Upon graduating in 2013 with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, he moved his family to Anchorage, Alaska to take a position as a production/reservoir engineer with ConocoPhillips. (As a side note, Patrick stated that Alaska is an amazing place and that he highly recommends it!) 

As oil prices plummeted, the impacts were felt by most oil and gas companies and layoffs happened throughout the United States.  ConocoPhillips, Anchorage, and Patrick were not exempt and soon Patrick, like thousands of others in the industry, found himself laid-off.  “Of course, we headed south!  Wyoming is where we wanted to live and raise our family,” explained Patrick.  “This is where my wife grew up and where I graduated from College.” 

And, it has worked out well for them.  Patrick soon landed an engineering position with WYDOT in Rock Springs before taking a position as a field inspector at the Wyoming Conservation Commission in 2017.  In this role, Patrick was involved in the agency’s Orphan Well Program and regularly traveled to the western part of the state to assist with the plugging operations of the CIG deep wells. 

With oil and gas prices recovering and the growing number of APDs being submitted to the WOGCC, the need for another Engineer on staff was apparent.  Patrick’s background made him a perfect fit.  “It’s great to be back in Wyoming and doing what I went to school for.  I work with a great team of engineers and am learning all the time.  It just doesn’t get better than that!”