Friday May 30 2014

Eight graduate from Tullow Well engineering devt programme

Mugisha is congratulated by McDade, the Tullow

Mugisha is congratulated by McDade, the Tullow Oil CEO . Courtsey PHOTO 

By Joseph Bahingwire

Two Ugandans were among the eight trainee Well Engineers who graduated from the Tullow Well Engineering Development Programme early this month.

Ms Susan Namuganyi and Mr Allan Mugisha became the first Ugandan graduates of the programme.

Oil and gas is traditionally one of the most male-dominated industries in the world and for Ms Namuganyi to have gained a place in such an industry is an enormous achievement

“I joined Tullow Uganda as a graduate drilling engineer in 2011 and a year later developed into a Well site Drilling Engineer. Today I am a Drilling Engineer with immense opportunities at my disposal,” Ms Namuganyi, who graduated with a BSc in Civil Engineering from Makerere University in 2009 is quoted in a statement obtained by Jobs and Career.

She, however, acknowledged that it is often difficult for women to be taken as serious as men on technical subjects more so in the field of Petroleum Engineering and therefore important for them to prove their abilities.

Mr Mugisha, who graduated with a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree from Makerere University and a Masters of Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland), says the next step is to work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer and make the most out of this opportunity,” he says.

The group is the first Tullow employees to complete the whole programme that involves 30 months of hard work and application, multiple training courses, and three or four hours exams where a minimum average of 70 per cent is required.

Group Well Engineering manager Mike Williams said the programme underpins the recruitment needs of the rapidly growing company and also provides the source of talent in the countries where they operate.

Tullow CEO Mr Paul McDade said the programme is an example of firm’s commitment to local content and the development of the next generation of Oil and Gas engineers.

“As a frontier explorer Tullow is often the first company into a country with no previous oil industry which means that we have to work hard to hire, train and develop the workforce of the future,” he said.