About the Oil & Gas Sector

Australia’s education and training capability is central to the global competitiveness of its oil and gas industry. A trained and educated workforce is the key to increasing productivity. Improving workforce skills and increasing capacity for innovation, promotes collaboration and fosters the application of technology. The capability and capacity of the training sector remains a key driver for the oil and gas industry in the region.

The oil and gas sector is divided into upstream and downstream components. Upstream incorporates the exploration, appraisal, development, construction, extraction, processing and distribution of natural gas and petroleum liquid resources to export terminals or domestic transmission pipelines. Downstream activities involve the sale of products to customers such as oil refineries, gas retailers, and overseas markets.

Australian training providers support both upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry and do so through an extensive network of universities, colleges, industry training centres and commercial providers. This network provides workforce training and guidance that directly influences workers and promotes innovation and safety. On a broader scale, Australian training organisations also work right across the globe to establish institutions and provide systems to enhance the performance of oil and gas industries across a nation; or across a region.

Australia as a Training Provider

The oil and gas industry is a key driver of Australian gross domestic product and the future holds rapid growth, with Australia set to become one of the world’s largest providers of natural gas by 2018. Australia has abundant reserves of conventional and unconventional gas. As the world urbanises, the need for energy is increasing and the demand for gas as a cleaner burning alternative for coal is also increasing.

Australia has significant infrastructure coming on-line, timed to meet the growing demand. At the forefront of this industry growth has been the need for well trained workers, managers and business leaders. Australian oil and gas educators have supported the industry as it developed and as it prepares for the future.

This network of experienced educators can share the knowledge and experience they have with workers and companies worldwide.

Training Courses Provided by the Australian Education system

Australian education and training providers are highly skilled and have the ability to deliver programs relevant to the oil and gas sector. Educators offer programs which offer practical skills relevant to the industry’s upstream component, including;

  • Petroleum engineering
  • Process Plant Operations
  • Electrical Engineering and instrumentation
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Pipeline Operations 
  • Drilling Oil/Gas (On shore)
  • Drilling Oil/Gas (Off shore)
  • Emergency Response, Fire and Rescue
  • Health, Safety & Standards
  • Well operation and control
  • Coal Seam Gas
  • Civil Construction and Foundations
  • Project Management
  • Rigging, Scaffolding, Enclosed Space, Escape
  • Risk Management

For the downstream component of the oil and gas sector, Australian education and training organisations provide further skills development in the areas of;

  • Chemical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Plant management
  • Gas Supply
  • Transmission Pipelines
  • Plastics and petrochemical production
  • Transport and logistics
  • Industrial design
  • Gaseous Fuel Delivery Operations
  • Gas Cylinder Operations

Industry links are fundamental to the success of Australia’s education and training system. The industry in Australia is open to domestic and international customers and the training providers utilise their industry links to leading corporations to ensure the programs on offer are applicable to the global needs of the oil and gas industry. The education system in Australia is supported by some of the world’s leading oil and gas producers, including; BHP Billiton, Chevron Australia, Shell, ExxonMobil, Santos, and Woodside.

The Australian upstream sector requires innovative training methods and the world’s leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors rely on the education and training network to deliver programs that meet their needs. This sector includes companies such as Shell, ConocoPhillips, Apache Energy, BP, Inpex and Worley Parsons.

The Value of Industry Lead Training

The competitiveness and productivity of the organisations working in the oil and gas sector is highly dependent on their having access to the skills they need – today and in the future. Australian vocational training in oil and gas is industry-led, meaning that the competencies required for job roles in the sector are set jointly by representatives of employers, unions and training organisations from the industry. These competencies in turn determine the training required for their achievement. This approach ensures training reflects the needs of the oil and gas firms and the workforces they employ.

Australian vocational training in oil and gas is offered by both private and public providers. Training delivers qualifications which are nationally recognised through the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and quality assured through the Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA). This means oil and gas industry associations and firms can be confident trainees have received the requisite skills, regardless of where they studied, and employees can be confident their skills will be sought by employers across the country. 

 

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