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Petroleum industry technology leaders Cameron, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Lufkin Industries and Weatherford are charter members of a new initiative to strengthen hands-on instruction in drilling, completion and production at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The new Program in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering aims to increase exposure to oilfield equipment and procedures. Students visit professional labs and well sites, interact with working professionals, who visit campus weekly, and develop a working vocabulary of the industry based on practical experience.
With the emphasis on equipment and hands-on lab experience shrinking on campuses across the nation, the department's new initiative counteracts this trend. The program supports the Department's Drilling and Production Systems course for junior-level students. The class introduces nomenclature and methods used in drilling, completing and producing oil and gas wells. Amazing, they're learning there's more to this business than sitting all day in front of a computer.
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