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Lone Star College System teams with FMC Technologies to train employees

Lone Star College System and FMC Technologies have opened a shared Fluid Control Services Training Lab for service technicians at the Lone Star College Energy & Manufacturing Institute.

“Lone Star Corporate College works with many forward thinking companies like FMC Technologies that recognize the importance of ongoing technical education for their employees,” said Marshall Schott, associate vice chancellor, academic affairs. “Lone Star Corporate College is committed to helping companies develop training programs to advance a business's most important asset, human capital.”

“Having a lab on the same campus as the Learning Center Houston will provide the perfect balance of classroom and hands-on training for service technicians,” said Chris Bartlett, director of global learning and knowledge management at FMC Technologies. “The School of Applied Technology is proud to support this pioneering effort in training for our technical service personnel.”

The state-of-the-art training space includes heavy duty cranes to lift heavy equipment, heavy duty tables and benches for workspace, and hydrostatic testing equipment.  Students will learn how to inspect and repair large valves and related oilfield service equipment and test them to confirm that they meet customer requirements and are safe for use in the field.

“We felt it was important that the lab include not only equipment utilized by our personnel in the field, but also incorporate branding elements for our company’s Core Values and safety program as a way to promote our culture and incorporate it into the training experience. Having a dedicated space that we can use to introduce our new hires and existing employees to the best of FMC Technologies has been a vision of ours for years,” said Wade Pack, the company’s global training manager for Fluid Control. “Working with Lone Star College in this effort has truly felt like a partnership, and we look forward to building on this relationship.”

The lab equipment was acquired by Lone Star College and FMC Technologies as a joint resource and will be utilized by both entities to provide training for open enrollment LSC students and incumbent FMC Technologies employees. Training for FMC Technologies will be provided by its employees using curriculum developed within FMC Technologies University.  Additional programs will be offered by Lone Star College instructors using curriculum developed by LSCS.

The Lone Star College EMI is located on the LSC-University Park campus and is a collaborative effort with the other LSCS campuses. EMI offers competency-based technical training for a multitude of industries – oil and gas, alternative energy, power generation and distribution, chemical refineries, industrial and commercial maintenance, welding, mechanized and automated production, and many more.

Lone Star Corporate College partners with a variety of global corporations providing customized training, open enrollment courses, and professional seminars. Lone Star Corporate College focuses on the energy, computer technology and advanced manufacturing sectors, but also provides training for retail, hospitality, school districts, health care organizations, non-profits, and many other industries. Visit LoneStar.edu/CorporateCollege to learn more.

FMC Technologies is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. Named by Forbes® Magazine as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies in 2013, the Company has approximately 19,500 employees and operates 30 production facilities in 17 countries. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures and services technologically sophisticated systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.  Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.