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FSO Training Program

FSO’s received a tour of Weatherford’s training rig.

FSO’s received a tour of Weatherford’s training rig.

For the past 21 years, PESA has co-sponsored a Foreign Service Officer Energy Industry Training Session with the U.S. Departments of State, Energy and Commerce and trained nearly 600 Federal Government Officers to date.

The week-long training, held April 6-9, familiarizes Foreign and Civil Service Officers with the energy industry to facilitate informed energy decisions at their embassy posts around the world, specifically in energy-intensive countries. The diverse world-wide enrollment featured officers from nineteen different countries including Turkey, Columbia, Russia, Angola, Brazil, Jordan, Canada, Mexico and Germany.

“We are proud to co-sponsor this training program and provide practical knowledge of operations of all energy companies – operators, service providers, suppliers and manufacturers. A true education of the challenges and accomplishments of our industry at all levels will allow you to make better-informed decisions at post, and better support American interest abroad,” stated PESA President Leslie Beyer, who welcomed the group upon their arrival.

Member and customer companies along with nationally-recognized educational institutions provide experts, materials and equipment for the training program. The course also offers graduates the experience of networking with executives from leading energy companies to learn and understand the opportunities and challenges facing today’s complex global energy sector.

The April 2015 class took tours of FMC Technologies manufacturing facility, Weatherford training rig, Halliburton R&D Center, Citi trading floor and the Houston Ship Channel. They also learned from industry experts at Chevron, Schlumberger and Rice University.

Participants gained an overwhelming amount of hands-on experience from leading industry experts in the energy sector and a global perspective on creating future energy solutions.

This article was featured in PESA’s Spring 2015 Newsletter