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Endress+Hauser and UT-PETEX Announce Training Collaboration

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PETEX to use Endress+Hauser’s PTU® (Process Training Unit) in Houston for training courses and classes starting fall of 2021.

Endress+Hauser and the Petroleum Extension (PETEX®), a unit of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, announce collaboration efforts for training courses starting fall of 2021. PETEX will be hosting courses at Endress+Hauser’s Houston campus and will use the manufacturers’ PTU, the same PTU where Endress+Hauser’s authorized sales and service representative, Vector Controls & Automation Group, hosts Vector University classes for customers in the Gulf region.

“Along with our partner Vector Controls & Automation Group, we are excited to collaborate with such a prestigious organization as PETEX and deliver a combined complementary basket of training classes to customers in the Gulf region,” said Jerry Spindler, Customer Training Manager, Endress+Hauser. “Our common goal of advancing the skills of the workforce in the Oil & Gas industry aligns well with the investments by both organizations in facilities and training equipment such as the PTU. Workers in the industry now have a world-class location where they can continue their technical education.”  

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The PTUs are full-scale, working process skids with functional instrumentation and controls, closely simulating a real-world environment. Trainees gain hands-on experience with the types of configurations, operation, diagnostics, and troubleshooting found in actual process plants and facilities. This specific PTU features working gas and liquid systems and is equipped with more than 200 modern Endress+Hauser devices, along with a variety of the latest instrument configurations, communication protocols, and software.

Roger T. Bonnecaze, Interim Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, noted, “For over 75 years PETEX has been providing talent development resources and courses for the global oil & gas sector. In Houston and Odessa, that has traditionally been at the PETEX training centers. With the significant investment that Endress+Hauser and Vector have made in the Houston facility to build one of their renowned PTU’s and create world-class classroom space, it made complete sense for PETEX to collaborate with them to bring those resources to our learners also. The PTU complements the hands-on programs already in place and allows us to collaboratively expand our offerings to continue to meet the ongoing training needs of the oil and gas sector while also embracing new technologies and energy transition topics.”

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The Endress+Hauser Group

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement and automation technology for process and laboratory applications. The family company, headquartered in Reinach, Switzerland, achieved net sales of over 2.6 billion euros (2.89 billion U.S. dollars) in 2020 with a total workforce of 14,000.

Endress+Hauser devices, solutions and services are at home in many industries. Customers thus use them to gain valuable knowledge from their applications. This enables them to improve their products, work economically and at the same time protect people and the environment.

Endress+Hauser is a reliable partner worldwide. Own sales companies in 50 countries as well as representatives in another 70 countries ensure competent support. Production facilities on four continents manufacture quickly and flexibly to the highest quality standards.

Endress+Hauser was founded in 1953 by Georg H Endress and Ludwig Hauser. Ever since, the company has been pushing ahead with the development and use of innovative technologies, now helping to shape the industry’s digital transformation. 8,000 patents and applications protect the Group’s intellectual property.

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The Petroleum Extension (PETEX®), a unit of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, is a leading producer of reliable learning resources and training for the oil and gas industry. For 75+ years, PETEX has been at the forefront of global learning. Through our industry relationships, built over decades, we’ve gained unparalleled access to current expertise, as well as insight into the ever-changing needs and challenges that our oil and gas clients face. At PETEX, our ultimate goal is to give every student the knowledge that the industry requires to efficiently, effectively, and most importantly, safely do their job. PETEX’s commitment to global workforce success remains constant. With a wide range of educational opportunities and resources, we are equipped to meet the needs of those looking to learn more.

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