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Ferdinand von Prondzynski (Photo: RGU)

Engineering Apprenticeship Pathways at RGU

Advanced apprenticeships for engineers will soon be available through Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen thanks to a five-figure funding boost from Skills Development Scotland. The university has secured $62,670 to develop a new Advanced Apprenticeship Pathway for Engineers at all stages of their career. The announcement comes during Scottish Apprenticeship Week (May 18-22) which is organized by Skills Development Scotland and supported by the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI). The team behind the RGU-led scheme, which will be developed over the coming months

Phil Middleton (Photo: Seatronics)

Seatronics Names New Group Managing Director

director to group managing director.   Middleton will be responsible for managing and developing Seatronics’ global business with a particular focus on long-term growth, strategy and compliance.   Middleton holds an honors degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Robert Gordon University, and began his career with Scientific Drilling Controls before expanding into survey industry roles. He joined Seatronics in 2003 as an internal sales engineer, progressing through the ranks to deputy managing director. With 21 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and 19 years

Anadarko Names Executive VP, Global LNG

, where he was most recently the Managing Director of QGC. Prior to BG, Ingram was with Occidental Oil & Gas for 20 years, where he held several U.K. and international positions in project management, developments and operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Robert Gordon University and is a native of Scotland

Graeme Slater (Photo: WFS Technology Ltd.)

Slater joins WFS Technologies as Sales Manager

costs.   Prior to joining WFS Slater spent 13 years at Schlumberger in domestic and international managerial positions as the main point of contact. Before Schlumberger, he worked in engineering roles for National Oilwell Varco and Wood Group Engineering.   Slater was educated Robert Gordon University where he holds a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, specializing in Power and Transmission systems, Electronic Drives and Controls

Mike Macleod  (Photo: OEM Group)

Macleod Joins OEM Group as Financial Director

months.   With more than six years’ experience working at director level, Macleod has joined the Aberdeen-headquartered marine and oil and gas services firm following 10 years at the oilfield services company Uniconn Group. Macleod has an Honors Degree in Law and Management from the Robert Gordon University.   In addition to Macleod’s appointment, OEM Group has also added five engineers to its team in the U.K. and Craig Stephen as U.K. sales manager. Stephen has more than 10 years’ experience in his field, formerly working at Turners Engine Power Services.   OEM has

Ross Lowdon

SPE Aberdeen Names Lowdon Chairman

has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally. He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University. Lowdon said, “The positive changes that Anthony Onukwu has put in place throughout the last two years have been critical to our section’s success and this is a platform that I intend to continue building upon. As the SPE International President, Dr. Helge Haldorsen, discussed

New Online Learning Program for Subsea Engineers

will study a series of modules to become fully inducted into a sector which has revolutionized the way in which hydrocarbons are extracted since its early days in the late seventies. Initially rolled out by Subsea UK a few years ago, the on-line program of four modules, designed by the Robert Gordon University, has been significantly up-graded and up-dated to include recent developments and new practices in the fast-growing sector. The new course has become mandatory training for a number of companies in the industry. Aker Solutions will be putting its graduate engineers through the program

Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore Expands in Norway

Officer of Norfield AS and Managing Director of Gulfmark Norge AS. He is currently a non-executive director of Simon Møkster Shipping and has previously been a non-executive director for AGR Group. Arne is a civil engineer, QHSE qualified and a former saturation diver. He has an MBA from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.  

Photo: RGU

EIC, Robert Gordon University Announce Award

The Energy Industries Council (EIC) has partneredwith Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) MBA program at Aberdeen Business School to present the EIC Rising Star MBA Award, a brand new initiative designed to develop leaders of tomorrow in the oil and gas sector. The winner of the award will receive full tuition fees (worth £16,500  ($21,000)) for the MBA Oil and Gas Management course at RGU, starting in January 2018. Second prize is a £5,000 ($6,500) scholarship towards tuition fees, third prize is a £2,500 ($3,200) scholarship, and all applicants that meet the entry

L to R: RGU postgraduate students Eugene Yeboah and Justice Ngoah

Ghanaian Students Benefitting from Scholarship Programs

Two Robert Gordon University (RGU) postgraduate students are reaping the benefits of international scholarship schemes which will boost their career prospects. Ghanaians Justice Ngoah (27) and Eugene Yeboah (29) have joined RGU for a years’ scholarship program, funded by the Ministry of Energy and Tullow Oil plc. Both Justice and Eugene are Chemistry graduates from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, but wanted to further their studies and apply their skills to the energy industry. They are currently completing the Oilfield Chemicals route at RGU via a

OPITO CEO John McDonald (Photo: OPITO)

O&G Market Study to Examine UKCS Skills

to be carried out to determine the conditions of the sector and to shape a new skills strategy for the continued success of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) over the next 20 years. Led by safety, standards and workforce development organization, OPITO, the project will be carried out by the Robert Gordon University’s Oil and Gas Institute. The intelligence will be used to deliver an overarching plan that identifies and supports the skills requirements for the industry over the next two decades to ensure the workforce of today and tomorrow has the necessary expertise to fulfil the potential of

Oben Naki

Oben Naki Heads to Canada

Emphasising the close working relationship which exists between naval architects Robert Allan Ltd and Turkish shipbuilders Sanmar Ltd, Sanmar's Oben Naki has relocated to Vancouver BC to join the Canadian designers as contracts manager (Turkey). Naki joined Sanmar Shipyards in 2007 immediately on qualifying as a naval architect and marine engineer. He has since gone on to obtain an MBA at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey’s leading educational establishment. Sanmar has currently constructed some 120 tugs of various sizes and power to Robert Allan designs.

Robert Kempkens

TT Club Appoints Claims Director

The TT Club has appointed Robert Kempkens as claims director. Based in London, he will be responsible for overseeing global claims handling for the TT Club. Robert joined the TT Club in 2006, becoming Regional Claims Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2010. He has studied law at the University of Hamburg and holds an LL.M. in European and Public International law from Edinburgh University. After his traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg he worked as a Rechtsanwalt in the shipping/transport departments of first Wessing Behrenberg-Gossler (now Taylor Wessing) and then Ince

Photo: BP

North Sea Job Losses Raise Skills and Safety Concerns

; Loss of Experience A December 2014 study by Ernst & Young estimated that around 38,000 full-time workers were expected to retire between 2014 and 2019, out of a total workforce of 375,000.   But David Gibbons-Wood, director of the Centre for International Labour Market Studies at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, said that where companies are undertaking redundancy programmes, it will accelerate exits.   Thomas Helmer, who worked in the industry for almost 40 years as an engineer and manager, and now works for a crisis management company, said he was concerned about the loss of

Erik Bon Fleur  (Photo: BCGP)

BCGP Appoints Bon Fleur as General Manager

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has announced Erik Bon Fleur as its new general manager. In this role, Bon Fleur will be responsible for day-to-day operations and business activities, reporting to Boston Whaler Group President, Nick Stickler.   Prior to joining the BCGP team, Bon Fleur served in various other roles inside BCGP’s parent company, Brunswick Corporation, including continuous improvement manager for Boston Whaler, and most recently director of operations for Thunder Jet, an aluminum boat builder in Washington state. Bon Fleur has been with Brunswick since

(L-R) Derek Bate, Bob Troop, Bobby Pollock, Sean Dignam, Stephen Griffit (Photo: James Troop & Co)

Engine Specialist James Troop Adds Sales Rep

, 23, a business studies graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, is set to work alongside the firm’s experienced business development manager Stephen Griffiths. Aside from Bob Troop and Stephen Griffiths, James Troop’s management team currently consists of operations director Robert Pollock, financial director and company secretary Derek Bate, sales manager John Troop, technical manager Alan Railton, engine sales executive Anthony Ward and QHSE Manager Geoff Hall.  

Robert A. Socha (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine Names Socha Senior VP

U.S. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has appointed Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating, effective January 30, 2017.   In his role, Socha is responsible for overall management and leadership of the company’s business development and estimating departments. He will work closely with other corporate functions, including departments of engineering, production control, production and purchasing departments to offer solutions from design services through build strategy and construction

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