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A prime location for learning, the Western Hemisphere Education Center (WHEC) opened in Tomball, Texas in March 2014. The state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of learning opportunities for new and experienced employees from all parts of Baker Hughes.
The 140,000 sq-ft (13,006 sq-m) indoor portion of the facility includes more than 40 traditional as well as ‘innovative’ classrooms designed to encourage small-team collaborative learning, using the latest technologies. The facility also features an auditorium with a capacity for 200 people, breakout rooms, a workshop area with multiple Simulations rooms and labs, a large cafeteria, an atrium with a coffee bar, and an outdoor courtyard.
The 162,000 sq-ft (15,050 sq-m) training yard includes ten separate wells, ranging from 600 to 2,000 ft (183 to 610 m), a fully functional rig housed over the deepest well, giving groups the flexibility to run different types of tools on site. Also included in the training yard are two wireline classrooms, an area dedicated for hands on pressure pumping training along with a coil tubing platform with a 1000’ vertical well.
Having all product lines represented in one location enables our employees to learn various aspects of the oil and gas industry, share knowledge, and gain a competitive edge while experiencing real-world scenarios.
The Eastern Hemisphere Education Centre (EHEC) opened in Dubai in 2008, offering a variety of learning opportunities for both new and experienced employees.
The 43,508 sq-ft (4,042 sq-m) building includes 16 educational classrooms, six break-out rooms, auditorium, laboratory and a 20,860 sq-ft (1,938 sq-m) technical workshop that includes simulation rooms. The 88,695 sq-ft (8,240 sq-m) yard includes 7 test wells that offer hands-on experience for people taking part in technical training and competency programs. Two full sized rigs are installed over the deepest wells to allow for running of a variety of tools on site.
The EHEC is currently undergoing an expansion to complement the current facility with 8 additional classrooms, including ‘innovative’ class-rooms and common areas designed to promote teamwork and collaboration across product lines and geographies. The workshop and yard expansion will comprise of additional simulation rooms and an area dedicated to hands-on pressure pumping training.