Endress+Hauser and UT-PETEX announce training collaboration
PETEX to use PTU in Houston for training courses and classes starting fall of 2021
Endress+Hauser and Petroleum Extension (PETEX®), a unit of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, announce collaboration efforts for training courses starting fall of 2021. PETEX will be hosting courses at Endress+Hauser’s Houston campus and will use the manufacturers’ PTU (Process Training Unit), the same PTU where Endress+Hauser’s authorized sales and service representative, Vector Controls & Automation Group, hosts Vector University classes for customers.
Investing in workforce development
“Along with our partner Vector Controls & Automation Group, we are excited to collaborate with PETEX and deliver a combined complementary basket of training classes to customers in the Gulf region,” said Jerry Spindler, Customer Training Manager, Endress+Hauser. “Our common goal of investing in the skills and advancement of the workforce aligns well. Workers in the industry now have a world-class location where they can continue their technical education.”
Training at the PTU
The PTUs are full-scale, working process skids with functional instrumentation and controls in a real-world environment. Trainees gain hands-on experience with the types of configuration, operation, diagnostics, and troubleshooting found in actual process plants. This specific PTU features working gas and liquid systems and is equipped with more than 200 modern Endress+Hauser devices along with a variety of the latest instrument configurations, communication protocols and software.
Expanding training in the Gulf
Roger T. Bonnecaze, Interim Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, noted, “For over 75 years PETEX has been providing talent development resources and courses for the global oil & gas sector. With the significant investment that Endress+Hauser has made in the Houston facility to build one of their renowned PTU’s and create world-class classroom space, it made complete sense for PETEX to collaborate with them to bring those resources to our learners."