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Shell’s advanced technical approach to the safety of its wells is combined with extensive safety training of all its wells engineers. They must complete an externally-recognised four-year training programme, in addition to their initial Bachelor or Masters degree. The programme includes detailed modules on safety and deep-water drilling. Simulators allow trainees to practice managing well-control incidents, such as a surge of high pressure gas to the surface.

Training to become a Shell Wells Engineer - Bernd van den Brekel

Bernd van den Brekel, Shell Learning Manager Wells, describes the four-year in-house training programme all Shell wells engineers must complete.

“My colleagues come from all over the world and have studied at different universities,” says Hanne Skogestad, drilling engineer on the West Navigator drillship, near Norway. “Shell’s programme makes sure that all wells engineers have the same knowledge and the same high level of practical skills.” All Shell wells engineers must pass a series of examinations in order to qualify.

Training to become a Shell Wells Engineer - Hanne Skogestad

Hanne Skogestad talks about how her work on the West Navigator drilling rig in the Norwegian Sea forms part of her training to become a qualified Shell wells engineer.