Once a bastion of male engineers, Alkam Energy made a paradigm shift in 2019 as female petroleum engineers joined the department on assignment from the Reservoir Engineering Department.
Thanks to their hard work, dedication, and perseverance, coupled with Alkam’s uniquely designed Individual
Development Plan (IDP) — especially tailor-made for female engineers — a historic transformation has taken place. Female engineers have not only proven their capabilities in the operational environment, but have emerged as front runners in both the office and field environments.
“This is a major step the company is taking toward encouraging diversity in workplaces and unleashing the young talents in various environments,” said Alkam’s Vice President Governance, Price Brandon Clark. “Now that more females are into the business, let’s just fathom the thought of how much great input we will have as a company, achieving growth, innovation — and most importantly — a great evolution.”
Robert Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer, Alkam Energy added: “Gender diversity in the workforce is not only a top priority for the Alkam Group, but also for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Vision 2030. It also brings tangible benefits to the company by tapping into the rich talents and hard work ethic of the large and growing female portion of the company’s workforce”.
Walaa Al-Mukhtar, one of the female engineers taking advantage of this opportunity, said breaking barriers was one key reason she jumped at the chance to work with Alkam, along with the determination to prove that female engineers can add to the industry as much as males do.
Hosting female engineers was equally challenging for Alkam, as the experience was new for this engineering department. Alkam welcomed this challenge and took a dramatic stride to draw the company’s greatest untapped resource — female employees. Specific development plans were developed and individual mentors were assigned to each engineer for close monitoring and guidance to reinforce holistic talent management, competencies, and leadership development. The female engineers were placed in strategic units to ensure an easy and smooth transformation to their new job. To ensure a successful transition, the female engineers were assigned to work as support engineers with an experienced professional. Within a short period of three months, they independently started handling all production engineering jobs for a GOSP connected with more than 120 wells in mature fields, and the multiple challenges that followed.
Alkam Energy is not only committed to the technical growth of its engineers, but it also strives to develop and produce future leaders. The female engineers were encouraged to participate in many leadership courses as well as in-Kingdom and out-of-Kingdom conferences on leadership development.
About Alkam Energy
Alkam Energy is a premier, fully integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry. For more than a century, customers have trusted Alkam to design and build end-to-end infrastructure and technology solutions to transport and transform oil and gas into the products the world needs today. Their proprietary technologies, integrated expertise and comprehensive solutions deliver certainty, innovation and added value to energy projects around the world. Customers rely on Alkam to deliver certainty to the most complex projects, from concept to commissioning. It is called the “One Alkam Way.” Operating in over 54 countries, Alkam’s locally focused and globally-integrated resources include approximately 32,000 employees, a diversified fleet of specialty marine construction vessels and fabrication facilities around the world.
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