Enitome Buluku, who is pursuing an MSc degree in oil and gas engineering at the University of Aberdeen, won the SPE Aberdeen Section’s second biennial Energy Apprentice contest, which was held at the Douglas Hotel on 5 November. The contest pits university students from across Scotland in three elimination rounds that test professional and engineering skills required for working in the oil and gas industry.
Competition rounds included technical questions, team problem-solving challenges, and mock interviews. “The Energy Apprentice competition was designed to give students an insight into the oil and gas industry and prepare them for what to expect when it comes to securing a job in a competitive market,” said SPE Aberdeen Chairman Ross Lowdon. The 2014 contest was sponsored by Total and judges were from Halliburton, The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre, Baker Hughes, and oil and gas training company Thor Holt. Buluku won a GBP-300 scholarship toward his studies. Oghosa Ken Obazee, working toward an MSc degree in petroleum production engineering, and Mohammed Ayaz Ahmed, a drilling and well engineering MSc student—both from Robert Gordon University—took second and third place, and scholarships of GBP 150 and GBP 50, respectively.