A New Path to Oilfield Jobs - Company-owned Tech Colleges!

A New Path to Oilfield Jobs - Company-owned Tech Colleges!

NOV fills half the U.S. classes with veterans
by John Pendleton  |   Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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A recent CNBC news report put the spotlight on what may become the future of hiring in the oil and gas industry; sophisticated, formalized in-house training schools created and run by employers.

The report focused on National Oilwell Varco's (NOV) technical college in Houston, a 34,000-square-foot facility that gives new hires training on the land and offshore drilling systems that NOV's rig systems and aftermarkets unit sell and maintain.

The 34,000-square-foot Houston facility gives students training in everything from height-safety to oil derrick simulation. Over the last twenty years software systems and controls systems, single board computers, and PLC (powerline communication) chips have been integrated in much of NOV's equipment and the training provided is designed to bring students up to speed before going out into the field.

The company has six technical colleges worldwide, with two more scheduled to open soon. Training is available in Norway (3 locations), the UK (2 locations), Singapore, Dubai, Brazil, South Korea, South Korea and the United States. The enrollment is roughly 400 students per year, with half the students in the U.S. being former military and the remainder coming from community colleges, or having previously worked in the automotive and aviation industries.

Classroom training lasts for six, nine or 12 months, with students taking courses on hydraulics, electronics, mechanics and the software systems that run the rigs. After graduation, the students are assigned to an experienced technician before being sent out to help build and service rigs.

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