As with any occupation, new employees normally undergo some form of training and onboarding to help them understand the functions of their job and to become productive faster. In most cases, training is an ongoing necessity within many industries. Consistent training and professional development can not only help individuals master their job roles, but help them take on leadership roles and improve business processes.
While many industries encourage and even require individuals to develop and enhance their skill sets, the oil and gas industry—according to individuals within the industry—lacks in the area of professional development. The GETI (Global Energy Talent Index) conducted a study which revealed that “oil and gas professionals are concerned at a perceived lack of investment in their training and development.” GETI’s survey of 21,000 oil and gas professionals also revealed that half of the energy professionals believed their employer did not regularly invest in their training and development, one in three claimed not to have received any training in the past year, and out of those that did receive training, only a few said it related to skills beyond their current job (18 percent) or to further their career (14 percent), among other findings.
With oil and gas professionals demanding more training and professional development opportunities to enhance their skill sets, improve job efficiency, and progress in their careers, it is up to oil and gas companies to provide the training and tools needed to satisfy such demands. LiquidFrameworks, a mobile field operations management and software solutions company, is one company that is helping oil and gas businesses meet the demands of their employees while also making training more efficient for business leaders. CEO of LiquidFrameworks, Travis Parigi, expressed how LiquidFrameworks’ standout product, FieldFX® was “developed with [oil] field personnel in mind.” “Its user-friendly features and easy-to-use structure accelerate the implementation and increase the long term success rate with field technicians, explained Parigi.” Parigi expanded on the purpose of FieldFX—LiquidFrameworks’ solution to improving training and workforce development—and the impact of and potential for software and technology in the oilfield.
FieldFX has various capabilities, including the ability to connect individuals across locations. According to Parigi, “FieldFX gives our customers the power to connect from the field to the office from anywhere in the world, even when you don’t have a network connection.” Oil and gas companies could leverage such a feature to connect their workforce to various training opportunities and to receive feedback on performance. “FieldFX streamlines communication between accounting, field operations, and office management, all with the touch of a button,” Parigi further explained. With individuals having the ability to connect to others from virtually anywhere, field professionals seeking additional training, to improve their performance, or assistance with job roles can seamlessly communicate with senior oil and gas professionals and leaders at any time.
With oil and gas professionals often tasked with complex job roles, it is important to be productive as quickly as possible in an effort to avoid downtime, while also having professionals perform their roles effortlessly. LiquidFrameworks’ FieldFX streamlines the training process for field engineers. Parigi expressed “Multiple complex price books are negotiated between operators and services providers and FieldFX can easily represent these as standardized pricing models. This allows field engineers to produce timely and contract compliant field tickets without having to be trained on the mechanics of each unique price book for their customers.” Through the use of a product like FieldFX, oil and gas professionals can not only do their jobs more efficiently, but can also become experts within their job functions at a faster rate. “FieldFX reduces training time and automated much of the legacy paperwork into a digital process facilitated by the software instead of requiring manual steps that must be trained,” stated Parigi.
Although software and products like FieldFX are simplifying training processes and helping professionals to become productive faster, such software also provides professionals with the capacity to learn more about their current job roles, develop other skill sets, and take on leadership roles at a quicker rate. Therefore, oil and gas professionals will likely expect their companies to develop training software and provide the tools necessary to grow in their career paths. According to Parigi, “Learning Management System (LMS) will grow to become an integral part of the onboarding process along with compliance management systems.” As companies begin to integrate LMS into their employee onboarding processes, oil and gas professionals will be able to get more out of their training and properly carry out their job functions. “When those [LMS and compliance management] systems are coupled with the scheduling and resourcing of jobs, oilfield service providers mark a great achievement by linking and enforcing the training to execution process,” expressed Parigi.
With the oil and gas industry rapidly changing and experiencing a digital shift, professionals in the oilfield are also demanding for changes to occur in the way they are trained. Parigi shared that over the next five years, he expects that “many forward-thinking operators will push change management down to the well level personnel.” In response, LiquidFrameworks continues to make enhancements to their product FieldFX, the tool made for oilfield professionals and what could be considered a step in the right direction for improved training processes. Parigi expressed how LiquidFrameworks’ investment in FieldFX will bring more features to many of their modules including Asset Management, Schedule & Dispatch, Timecards and E-ticketing. “Our roadmap is always evolving and our customers provide great direction as to where we should take it,” said Parigi.
Tonae’ Hamilton has been a contributor and associate editor to the magazine for two years. She has been writing professionally for almost four years. In her free time, Tonae’ likes to spend time with her three pets, cook, and binge-watch Netflix shows. Tonae' has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from McDaniel College.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.