Baker Hughes and TWC Fund Field Tech Career Program

Baker Hughes and TWC Fund Field Tech Career Program
From left, Baker Hughes' Muzzamil Khider, LSC's Stephen C. Head, TWC's Robert D. Andrade and TWC's Michael Gutierrez. PHOTO SOURCE: LSC

Baker Hughes Co. and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) are launching a pilot program with Lone Star College (LSC) that will provide full funding for the first group of students pursuing a new energy industry training program, the Houston-area community college reported Thursday.

“We are pleased to be working with Baker Hughes and the Texas Workforce Commission to offer this very specialized training,” LSC Chancellor Stephen C. Head commented in a written statement announcing the new Field Service Technician program. “Lone Star College is globally recognized for its workforce programs and Baker Hughes is a leader in the energy industry.”

According to LSC, the program is unprecedented and will address the energy industry’s urgent need for qualified candidates and offer students the chance to gain key skills and a direct path to potential employment after graduation. The college noted that field service technicians provide service and customer support during field operations and assist companies such as Baker Hughes in the following ways:

  • Managing all on-site installation, repair, maintenance and test tasks
  • Diagnosing errors or technical problems and determining solutions.

LSC added the seven-week field tech course will include hands-on training in technical labs and time on Baker Hughes’ training rig in the Houston suburb of Tomball. Also, it stated that TWC’s Workforce Solutions network will process applicants to review students’ eligibility for funding.

“Changing workforce dynamics demand that we collaborate within our communities in new ways to ensure a qualified pipeline of potential employees,” remarked Muzzamil Khider, vice president for Oilfield Services human resources with Baker Hughes. “We are delighted to be part of this innovative program aimed at giving Lone Star College students a jump-start on a rewarding career.”

A LSC spokesperson told Rigzone that enrollment for the Baker Hughes- and TWC-funded course begins Feb. 26. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis and 15 slots are available. Individuals interested in completing the program must contact Danny Bacot with LSC via email to initiate the application process.

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