January 2014, Vol. 241 No. 1


GE, Kuwait Launch Training Collaboration

Highlighting efforts to develop the next generation of young engineers and other technical workers for the global oil and gas industry, GE Oil & Gas and Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC) have launched a new competency development training collaboration.

GE and KOC announced their initiative at the ADIPEC 2013 energy conference in Abu Dhabi. GE also showcased a number of other initiatives, including a young engineers panel session entitled, “Powering the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry 2014.”

As part of GE and KOC’s training grogram, 10 KOC mechanical engineers recently completed the extensive competency development training path that covers all rotating equipment technologies as well as control and vibration monitoring systems. The program covered an estimated 100 training days over a six-month period. Half of the training included hands-on work on GE’s line of gas turbines and centrifugal compressors—in addition to vibration and condition monitoring systems.

The next steps of their collaboration will focus on replicating the blended training approach by integrating theoretical and practical sessions on rotating equipment, vibration monitoring systems and control systems by utilizing the advanced tools and equipment for practical training at GE’s facilities.

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