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Career advancement comes from developing both your soft skills and your technical ones, and industry certifications are a fantastic way of developing and proving the latter.
From a non-descript office in the Galleria area, it’s possible to walk around a refinery, an oil rig and even an offshore platform — thanks to high-tech tools taking advantage of virtual reality.
As offshore drilling contractor Noble Corp. focuses increasingly on the most high-tech rigs, training has become even more critical to the way it does business.
Houston school district leaders are confident the Energy Institute — the first high school in the nation to focus on careers in oil, gas and other energy sources and technologies — will join the ranks of the city’s elite high schools and fill a crucial gap in training Houston’s energy workforce.
Helicopters are the leading cause of death for offshore oil and gas workers, far outpacing fatalities from explosions and heavy rig equipment. Houstonia magazine goes inside the underwater escape training course that offshore workers complete before taking their first trip.
Exxon Mobil on Friday will announce a $500,000 commitment to recruit, educate and train thousands of new workers in Houston for rapidly expanding chemical operations along the Texas coast.
David Holt, president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, notes that the oil and gas industry is facing an immediate and serious dearth of skilled workers. He says expanding math and science education in higher education is only part of the equation. We must capture a student’s interest in energy and the sciences at a younger age.
John Rynd, CEO and president of Houston-based Hercules Offshore, says the company is attacking the workforce shortage on multiple fronts, including trainee programs and military recruitment.
Diamond Offshore Drilling executives say they are preparing for an era of growth, with the number of offshore rigs expected to jump about 25 percent by 2017. Diamond CEO Lawrence R. Dickerson spoke to FuelFix about the challenges of the rapidly growing offshore industry.
A new study by the Society of Petroleum Engineers reveals the essential skills for getting a job and getting ahead in your oil and gas career.