Flowline Staff Go Back to School to Inspire Pupils

Flowline Staff Go Back to School to Inspire Pupils

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03 November 2014

Staff from an Aberdeenshire energy services firm went back to school recently to help inspire pupils to think about a career in engineering.

Flowline Specialists was one of a number of businesses taking part in a careers fair at Turriff Academy. Organised by Aberdeenshire Council under its employer engagement banner the event was the second in a series of careers fairs being held at secondary schools across the region.

The events aim to give pupils an insight into the types of jobs and educational opportunities available to them in businesses and organisations across the north-east. Prior to the careers fair the pupils attend two workshops to pick up tips on CV writing, and how to prepare for and conduct themselves at an interview. At the careers fair the pupils can speak to the businesses and learn about what skills, qualifications and experience are needed to fulfil a specific role.

Based in Oldmeldrum, Flowline Specialists designs, engineers and manufactures equipment to enable the safe and efficient handling of flexible pipes, umbilicals and cables onshore and offshore. The firm employs over 50 staff – including apprentices – in a range of roles and some of the staff were on hand to answer pupils’ questions

Flowline Specialists also set the pupils a challenge that tested their mathematical problem solving skills. Pupils were asked to calculate the total length of 0.3m diameter cable that would fit on a reel that has a core diameter of 5.4m, has an internal width of 5m and an overall, flange diameter of 9.8m.

Managing director Jim Smith said: "For our size Flowline Specialists employs a diverse range of trades. We require draughtsmen to design equipment; welders and electricians to manufacture the equipment; project engineers to plan work with our clients; technicians to operate the kit onsite; and mechanics to maintain the equipment when it returns from site.

"Then there are the various administration and logistics personnel we employ to ensure the business operates efficiently. Each role is vital to our continued success, particularly when we work on a number of projects overseas.

"Events such as this are very important to encourage youngsters to consider a career in engineering and illustrate the range of roles it can offer. Every business, regardless of its size, has an important role to play in doing this.

"The feedback we got from pupils and parents was that they find these events very useful in helping to guide their future studies or career paths. Many spent a lot of time chatting to our staff and asking a lot of questions, including how the subjects they studied would transfer to different roles.”