Specialist Subsea Training Endorsed By Industry

A specialist international training programme for the booming subsea oil and gas sector, which has now trained over 100 people from Aberdeen, is being endorsed by the industry and its official body.

Subsea UK along with many of its members have found the three and a half day Subsea Systems Engineering course which was brought to Aberdeen for the first time last year to be of great value.

"This course, along with other initiatives, is helping the industry provide recruits with vital knowledge and information to help them meet the growing demand for subsea expertise," said David Pridden, chief executive of Subsea UK. "The industry urgently needs more qualified engineers and courses like this are imperative to filling the skills gaps."

Subsea engineer with JP Kenny, Rik Ingram agrees. He said "Having just been on one of the courses, I can thoroughly recommend it particularly for new starts in the sector as it gives a great foundation for them to build on with an excellent range of reference material. The course fill in a lot of blanks for me and every subsea engineer should attend every five years or less for an update on industry development."

Organised by Knighton Enterprises (publishers of Subsea Engineering News) and Clarion Technical Services of Houston, the course 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.

Steve Sasanow from Subsea Engineering News says, "We have already run the course in Aberdeen in March and October this year but have been unable to accommodate everyone on the waiting list. The dates for 208 will ensure we can fulfil demand."

Led by a team of specialists from the subsea industry, the course aims to provide young engineers and those transferring engineering and project management disciplines with the skills to fill some of the skills gaps that have been created by the current surge of worldwide activity.

Specialist areas such as subsea hardware, subsea controls, flow assurance and risers and flowlines are also covered.