Q: How long have you been working in the oil and gas industry?
Oluwa Pierre: I have been working in the oil and gas industry for nine years.
Weslyn Arjoon: 14 years.
Q: How long have you been working at bpTT?
Oluwa: I have been working at bpTT for two and a half years.
Weslyn: Two and a half years
Q: Can you give us an idea of what you get up to?
Oluwa: In addition to my daily responsibilities, I hold the position of health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) safety committee chairman and my top three crucial functions are: firstly, to make recommendations on a wide range of programmes, measures and procedures. Secondly, to keep and review information as provided under legislation. Thirdly, to address issues referred by safety and health representatives. Apart from that, I am the single point of authority (SPA) for Chemical Management at Mahogany B, where I manage Mahogany B Chemical Inventory Records and ensure actions are closed. Finally, I have been actively involved with Habitat For Humanity Trinidad and Tobago, conducting volunteer work on my ‘off cycle’. My team members and I are very passionate about this work.
Weslyn: I am also a member of the HSSE safety committee and I am the green team leader at my site. As the green team leader, I am responsible for organizing environmental management systems (EMS) meetings, informing teams of EMS performance and ensuring incidents are reported. Internal audits and compliance audits are carried out and corrective actions are tracked and closed out in Traction. I also need to be aware of the minimum level of compliance of environmental management of the facility. Recently, the Green Team successfully completed the external EMS audit (International Standards Organisation 14001) by Det Norse Veritas, a company that provides assurance. I am also an unofficial “volunteer advocate” for the Mahogany platform. Our crew conducted a successful beach clean-up on the 25th May 2014 at Pilot River Rossville Guayaguayare and my team and I have been actively involved with Habitat For Humanity Trinidad and Tobago.
Q: What made you decide to take an offshore post?
Oluwa: It was a childhood dream of mine to work in the oil and gas industry as a production technician. I believe that this position offers a lot of growth potential and stability for any young professional.
Weslyn: Prior to working for bpTT, an opportunity arose where I was one of ten chosen to attend Metal Industries Company (MIC) on scholarship from bpTT to complete the Journeyman Programme. While training “on the job” I found the calling to become an operations technician. But I was employed with several different contractors prior to working for bpTT.
Q: Were there special preparations that you had to make or certifications you had to obtain? What was that experience like?
Oluwa: My special preparation was my nine years work experience for another oil and gas company. I have had meaningful work experience working as a technician and team member with others from various sectors in the said industry.
Weslyn: Nine and a half years prior work experience, successful completion of the Journeyman programme at Metal Industries Company (MIC) and Process Plant Operation (PPO) certificates in: fluid flow, transfer and mixing of solids and fluids and compressors and compression technology. The work experiences were both challenging and rewarding as these were the foundation for where I am currently.
Q: How have you been able to invest in your personal development?
Oluwa: BPTT offers many opportunities for personal development. Two of which I participate in include ‘Web Learn’, which facilitates work-related and personal development online courses for us employees such as conflict management, business management training, etcetera. The other is ‘Continuing Education’ which allows me to pursue tertiary education whilst being employed.
Weslyn: BPTT provides a wide variety of training and personal development programmes. We are provided with the training schedules and it’s just up to us to execute and become competent. The respective tools are there and managing them has to be of high importance. The key is to work with timeframes/deadlines and this has proven to be successful for me.