ABB has opened the doors of its Aberdeen facility to apprentices from the UK Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Technician Training (UOGITT) Scheme until March.
Groups of up to ten apprentices will spend time at the facility learning how ABB helps improve operational performance through advanced technologies and services.
Amongst other things the centre focuses on technologies such as instrumentation, electrical equipment including motors, drives, intelligent switchgear and advanced protection systems. ABB's D3 collaboration desk allows users to see real-time process data and key performance indicators, alongside other documents from various sources. Demonstrations running on the desk illustrate how the different functions in an operating company can collaborate to improve performance or manage process excursions or incidents.
"It is important that the apprentices get to see the role that companies like ABB contribute to the major operators", explains Troy Stewart, ABB's Service Manager for Oil, Gas and Chemicals. "We have some of the most advanced technologies and services that are helping reduce operating costs while enhancing safety, improving efficiency and maximising production. Its important that apprentices see this technology first hand and spend time interacting with the engineers who operate it."
UOGITT apprentices undertake a 21-month training programme followed by a two-year work placement with an operator. Over 1,200 trainees have now completed the scheme.
"The scheme covers four key disciplines: process operations, electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance and instrument and control maintenance," explains Gordon McNeil, Technical Programs Director for OPITO, the skills organization for oil and gas, which manages the trainees. "ABB is actively involved in each of these areas and a visit to the company's Aberdeen facility will help put a lot of the classroom training into perspective."