Future roles in Australia's Oil and Gas industry are likely to look very different to the current workforce compositions due to advances in technology. The role of people in operations, and their understanding and adaptation of technology, will be significant in the success of future engineering solutions within the industry.
Limited industry data insights and vision of the future
Does a young handicapped student in year 10 now see an opportunity to participate in the Remote Operations of FLNG? Can future operational roles attract more female talent into the industry?
The ability for everyone to truly understand the status of platforms in future operations is fundamental to ongoing safety and operational success. The risks are high within the industry for operational costs to significantly increase if the people capability and rising technology gaps are not addressed.
For example, subsea engineering requires exceptional standards of workmanship and operating expertise, as technical problems or oversight of maintenance issues can increase non-production time and associated well costs, or cause a significant blowout if not appropriately managed. In addition, sophistication in operational technology and their convergence with advances in information technology will facilitate greater centralised control from mobile or remote locations.
These changes have the capacity to change the composition of the workforce, by enabling the roles of future operators to be accessible and attractive to a wider demographic than the stereotypical profile on an operator today. Such centralisation has the impact to significantly impact on safety and security monitoring and greatly influence future operations.
Evident Gaps in the Oil and Gas Talent Supply Chain
Careful upfront planning is required to ensure suitable capabilities are identified and delivered to ensure new and upcoming technologies are properly understood and implemented to deliver significant value to operations. To date an understanding of, and emphasis on, the people capability gaps of the workforce across the industry in Australia is limited. This highlights the barriers that exist across all levels of stakeholders within the Oil and Gas Talent Supply Chain (see figure below), which are contributing to the gaps that exist within the industry.
- Are we truly envisaging roles of the future, now?
- Are we working together as an industry to share people capability concerns and drive operational improvements?
- Is our education and training future-proofing Australian jobs for Australian workers?
Read more in this series - “Is the people agenda lagging the technology agenda in Australian Oil & Gas?”