Graduates from Mexico are celebrating the completion of our two-year graduate programme – the first of its kind in our Mexico offices.
Ozmar Hernandez, a geophysicist, and Erick Acosta, a petroleum engineer, began their Petrofac journey in November 2013, when we first launched our graduate programme in Mexico. Six other graduates are still on the programme, and have just entered their final year.
The graduate scheme saw them complete an immersive training programme centred on technical training, on-the-job learning, and people-skills development.
Ozmar and Erick were given three assignments in their first year, each lasting four months. These assignments, chosen according to their skills and interests, spanned different disciplines and projects. The second year of the programme allowed the graduates to specialise in their area of interest.
At the beginning of the scheme, they were both given a mentor to guide them through the process and share their valuable knowledge of the industry. Both Erick and Ozmar were struck by the support that Petrofac offered – not only in terms of their mentors, but across Petrofac as a whole.
"From the beginning, what most caught my attention about Petrofac was the multiculturalism of its personnel and the feeling of union as a team," Erick said. "This has enabled me to work in a more efficient way."
Ozmar agrees. "The most invaluable part of the scheme has definitely been the unconditional support given to us from all areas of the business. My colleagues are always available to spend time with us and share knowledge. Without the support of all our colleagues, this program would not work."
The emphasis we place on our values also stood out to Erick and Ozmar.
"During my journey at Petrofac, I have seen first-hand the importance we place on our values," Ozmar said. "What has impressed me is how we all live them every day and in every decision we make."
"Our values are central to the way we operate as a company," Erick agreed. "They are genuinely part of our lifestyle, and not just a statement on the wall."