Into the Yard: GE Gives Egyptian Engineering Students First-Hand Training
In the movies, pumping oil out of the ground look simple. Just dig a hole and the oil flows out. But a recent technical workshop for a group of Egyptian engineering students from Faculty of petroleum Engineering in SUEZ at the GEPC Oil & Gas facility in Kattamya-Cairo shows just how complicated and interesting the process is.
Up on the screen were detailed, multi-colored diagrams and Technical Model Replica that a GE engineer was using to describe the components comprising this particular pressure control Well head assembly – equipment that sits at the top of an Oil Or Gas well. Imagine all the other types of equipment involved at the well, not to mention what’s down the hole underground.
Of course, for the 10 student participants – members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Suez chapter at Suez University – following along was easy.
The workshop was part of a one-day site visit to the GE Oil and Gas Kattamya Yard Pressure Control facility in Cairo. GE engineers led sessions on wellhead and pressure control equipment components and installation. They also provided the students an opportunity to see real equipment being Maintained and repaired at the yard.
“These young engineering students represent the future of Egypt’s energy sector, which is a vital components of the country’s broader national development program,” said Hazem Said, GEPC Oil &Gas Operation Manager,
“This type of hands-on learning gives GE’s Egyptian engineers an opportunity to share their knowledge with the next generation of oil and gas professionals,” Sherif Draz, GEPC Field Service Engineer added.
The yard visit and workshops are just one example of GE’s many programs to help develop the skills and capabilities of Egypt’s young workforce. Other initiatives include working with universities, job shadowing and supporting young entrepreneurs.
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