Siemens Trains Nigerians In Engineering, Field Service Operations
Posted: 26/Mar/2020

Siemens Limited Nigeria has commenced the pilot phase of its graduate engineers’ training and management programme for Nigerian engineering graduates.

It said the aim of the programme was to tackle the depletion of professionals and skilled field service engineers in Nigeria.

In a statement through its consultant, the firm said the programme would focus on hiring, training and grooming local talents to meet the company’s business needs and its sustainability.

The training, according to the firm, commenced on March 2, 2020 and would offer participants two years of world-class training from Siemens in-country/on-site facility in Nigeria and Siemens’ Technical Competency Institute at product lead centres in Europe and North America.

Commenting on the development, the Vice President, Services and Digital, Siemens Nigeria, Seun Suleiman, said, “We are excited to (get) onboard these graduates to our field service department where they will be cross-trained across our product lines over the next two years.

“Siemens is known as an employer of choice in the power and gas sector in Nigeria and this graduate trainee programme by our services distributed generation oil and gas business unit was driven by our commitment to provide a pool of young, talented and well trained service engineers.”

He added, “This is in compliance with local content act of the Nigerian government for human capital development. It is our goal that by the end of this programme we will graduate multi-skilled engineers.

“In the future, they will be able to take over from our experienced pool of senior engineers who currently demonstrate the capacity to support our fleet of over 360 gas turbines and compressors across our country.”

He said the engineers would be globally certified and become experts in controls and mechanical discipline, which would be of great value to customers and the industry in general.

Suleiman said, “We are confident that in the nearest future, this programme will contribute to reducing the delay in sourcing engineers locally at short notice and ensuring affordable cost in an oil and gas market that is now ever highly competitive in pricing and retaining talents.”
 
On the company’s commitment to supporting local capacity development, the Head, Field Service Operations, Siemens Nigeria, Pelumi Olaolu, said the firm would be joining other regions such as Germany, where the programme was already being implemented to ensure the success of the training in Nigeria.

Olaolu said, “We believe that the derivatives of this programme are beyond our business values and that it will enhance employment opportunity, human capital development, future managers and leaders in the industry.

“The technical aspect of the programme will train the graduates in the fundamental principles and application of rotating equipment and other dimensions of energy application in gas turbines, alternators, compression, etc.”