Education Centers

Western Hemisphere Education Center, Houston

The Baker Hughes Western Hemisphere Education Center (the Center) is a cross-training facility designed to train Baker Hughes employees from all product lines. Training encompasses classroom learning, handson mechanical and electrical training in our workshop labs, and field operations training on rigs and wells. Replacing seven other legacy training centers across the hemisphere, the Center primarily serves our North America and our Latin America regions, but welcomes attendees from the Europe/Africa/Russia Caspian and Middle East/Asia Pacific regions as well.

The complex, built on a 100-acre parcel of land owned by Baker Hughes, features a classroom building, a 162,000-square-foot training yard, and a workshop.


The 90,000-square-foot classroom building is designed for efficient, high-caliber training and innovation. The building currently houses 21 classrooms, with six more being planned. At any given time, the Center will hold approximately 500 students and as many as 100 training personnel.

Among the innovation learning methods found in the classroom building are the following:

  • Bilingual and translated courses
  • “Innovative classrooms” that encourage small-team collaborative learning. Each of the innovative rooms is set up with four pods so people can work in small groups within the same classroom space. These rooms are enabled with smart boards and touch technology, so that any laptop can become a smart interface, and can be converted into virtual classrooms by adding a 360° camera to the center of the room
  • Artwork that employs the LAYAR app, so that when the artwork is scanned, images take on new forms and content can be shared through social media channels

The Atrium

The building’s energy-efficient atrium features two sandstone walls, as well as a sharing space, where students can have small breakout or ad hoc meetings. Laptop information can easily be shared on one of the three large multiple-use monitors.

The atrium includes a 24-panel mosaic screen—the largest fixed mosaic screen in North America. Its rotating messages and images communicate product line information, and industry news.

The 16-foot long interactive touch table shows the full Baker Hughes history, along with oil and gas industry events, and world events that have shaped our industry.

When the timeline is disengaged, the table becomes an engineering design table showing the interworking pieces of many of Baker Hughes technologies—again, another learning instrument within the center itself.


Pressure Pumping

In the Pressure Pumping pad, Baker Hughes conducts hands-on training in cementing and blending operations for both land and offshore. Adjacent to the pad is the coiled tubing area, where two test wells are located.

The first well is a 1,000-ft vertical well. The other well is used for horizontal well training.


The gantry area contains six wells in total. Four 1,000-foot wells are used by the Baker Hughes Wireline Services group. Two of these wells are cased wells and two are “openhole” wells, which contain fiberglass casing instead of steel. This allows us to run tools that need an openhole environment in which to work.

The wells on the outside of the gantry are 600-ft wells and are used primarily by our Artificial Lift and Sand Control training teams.

Training Rig

The training rig sits over a 1,600-foot well and includes a classroom adjacent to the rig floor, which enables real-time review and feedback, resulting in a faster, richer training experience. A second training rig is planned to sit over the 2,000-foot well also found in this area.


The 53,000 square-foot workshop building supports all training teams. In the workshop, technicians learn the mechanics of Baker Hughes’ tools—how to take them apart and put them back together.

The building also houses eight classrooms; cementing/fracturing simulation rooms; a 40-person fluids and chemicals lab; a mechanical, electrical and workmanship standards lab; and a cafeteria.

Eastern Hemisphere Education Center, Dubai

Completed in February 2008, our Dubai Campus is a $55 million (USD) investment to support our operations in the Eastern Hemisphere. The 3,635 square-meter campus is comprised of 16 educational rooms, six breakout rooms, canteen and prayer room, auditorium, and laboratory. This translates to capacity for simultaneous training of 450 students. Training rigs with test wells are being built onsite to enable trainees to practice running and operating equipment and tools. Staff and customer employees are trained at the Eastern Hemisphere Education Center. Approximately 300 classes have been held, and 3,500 people have been trained since the education center opened.