A group of 233 Saudi Aramco engineers were recognized at a luncheon in October for achieving passing scores on the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Exam, earning Aramco an 85% pass rate since it began prepping employees for the exam in 2010. The ceremony was held at Saudi Aramco’s Upstream Professional Development Center (UPDC) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and was led by Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president of upstream, Amin H. Nasser, and other members of the upstream management team.
Preparation courses for the SPE certification program are a collaborative effort between the SPE Saudi Arabia Section, Saudi Aramco Upstream, and UPDC. Classes review problems under examination conditions and help engineers improve test strategies, time management, and critical thinking skills required to receive a passing grade. This is combined with a set of continuing education courses to maintain critical knowledge after an engineer is certified.
The UPDC has four courses scheduled for 2015 to prepare another 100 engineers for certification.