One of Saudi Aramco's strategic objectives is to prepare the work force to meet evolving technical challenges in Petroleum Engineering (PE). To address this important objective, the Petroleum Engineering Technologist Development Program (TDP) was established to provide the opportunity for young engineers to become recognized experts in critical technical disciplines. The TDP provides organizational support for the participants to progress in professional and managerial careers to ultimately fulfill Saudi Aramco's business needs.

The program is overseen by management and technical advisory committees. New candidates are selected based on competency, years of experience, outstanding performance and strong personal skills. In addition, they must have demonstrated technical ability, resourcefulness, and dedication to address emerging technical and operational challenges. The technical advisory committee will assist in selecting an area of specialty based on Company requirements, candidates' interests and expertise. Also, they will nominate a mentor (subject matter expert) to guide and manage development of technical and soft skills.

Each participant has a competency development road map based on a plan to develop required technical and soft skills. The participants must complete all required tasks and develop expertise in his area of specialty. In addition, the candidates are trained during rotational development assignments and, in many cases, they enroll in an advanced degree program. They need to meet specific TDP graduation requirements including publication in technical journals and active participation in international technical meetings and forums. In addition, to graduate from the TDP, a candidate is must demonstrate to the technical review committee that he has achieved technical expertise in his chosen specialty.

Saudi Aramco designed the TDP to ensure young engineers have the opportunity to become technical experts in critical specialties. The program has successfully met its goals as evidenced by the number of successful graduates.

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