The demand for specialist subsea oil and gas training remains buoyant despite the tough economic conditions, a leading industry commentator said today.
Steve Sasanow, editor of Subsea Engineering News and organizer of an on-going series of international training courses said, "More than 500 people have gone through our training courses in Aberdeen, Houston and Bergen but there is still an urgent need for this type of training with demand outstripping supply.
"Most analysts expect things to pick up by the end of the year. Those who have held back on training will find themselves with a shortage of skills."
The next international subsea course will be held in Aberdeen on 22nd until 25th September 2009 at the AECC.
"This specialist course has been formulated precisely to help ensure that long-term growth of the subsea sector is not constrained by a lack of suitable experience and skills.
"It is aimed at providing young engineers and other personnel -- primarily those transferring engineering and project management disciplines from other industries -- with a detailed insight into the sector, and helping them refine and hone their skills."
The training program, organized by Subsea Engineering News (SEN) and Clarion Technical Services of Houston, combines the basic building blocks of subsea production systems with the thinking behind the decision-making process for field development options. There is also a site visit to the companies involved so that delegates can get a closer look at equipment.
The course, over three-and-a-half days, covers the key features of subsea systems and their host facilities, offering an expert overview of the interlinked elements of a system. It also includes a field development exercise and site visits.
The main lecturer is Bill Loth, who has over 30 years' experience with major operators, while there are also specialist lectures from representatives of GE Oil & Gas, MCS, Viper Subsea and Prospect Flow Solutions.