HOUSTON -- AMEC subsidiary Paragon Angola Engenharia e Serviços has formed, and is facilitating, an initiative to increase the region's technical training for engineers with input from national and international energy companies as well as representatives from the University of Houston (UH) and University Agostinho Neto (UAN) in Angola.
UH and UAN have created a memorandum of understanding to improve technical training to enable more Angolan students to succeed in the field of engineering technology. AMEC Paragon will provide project management for the program with collaborative input from Sonangol, Chevron, Prodiaman, BP, ExxonMobil, Total, Eni, Schlumberger, Endiama, and Paragon Angola.
"We wanted to find a way to better develop engineers produced from the area while using the country's own resources," says Terrance Ivers, president of AMEC Paragon. "It's not enough to meet minimum requirements of man-hour percentages. Our industry needs to step up and develop the next generation of leaders in Angola through cross-training opportunities, curriculum development, student transfer and adjunct professor opportunities to increase the region's technical knowledge."