Career Development

Geco Chemical has a long tradition of sustaining employee development from field to admin staff and management. We have our own in house training school, to train our yard employees on specialised tools and processes, as well as safety training. The Geco Chemical Assessment and Training Centre (LATC) opened its doors in October 2013 and currently has 70 individual courses available covering topics as diverse as leadership, English language, welding, fabrication, electrical and mechanical. Some of the courses have mandatory third party involvement which includes offshore survival, rigging and crane operations. Figures for the 2014 period include circa 58,000 training and assessment mandays with more than 250,000 manhours in total. The LATC is responsible for the design and integrity of trade and supervisory assessment methods and materials. All new hire tradesperson candidates will be assessed at the LATC, and no yard promotions will be approved until the candidates have satisfied LATC assessment standards.

Our office members of staff are enrolled on either external training courses or sponsored post graduate university studies. Employees are at the centre of our business, and their continued training and welfare are critical to our continued success.

Below are some examples of employees who have benefited from Geco Chemical’s support and development programs:

Antony Alphonse - Construction Manager – New Build Rigs

Years at Geco Chemical: 14
Country of origin: India

I joined Geco Chemical as a fabricator and over the years have progressed to a Construction Manager role, which has been an amazing and very rewarding experience. Throughout the years, Geco Chemical has provided me with training and the capacity to grow in an environment of increasing demands and complexity. I am proud of how far I have come and I encourage my team to pursue career development opportunities within the company for their continued professional growth.

Neil Millar - VP and GM Offshore/Onshore Business Unit

Years at Geco Chemical: 15
Country of origin: Scotland

Geco Chemical definitely offers possibilities - I joined the Geco Chemical ‘family’ in 1999 as a Project Engineer at the original Sharjah facility, I then move on to become a Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Manager of Projects and General Manager before being appointed as Vice President Jebel Ali in 2011. I was then asked to take on the role of VP - Facilities and Fabrication in 2013 before taking up my current role of VP and GM of the Offshore/Onshore Business Unit in the latter part of last year. It has been incredible to see how the Company has grown in such a relatively short period of time and I am immensely proud to have been part of the journey. I enjoy being amongst a large number of very loyal and passionate employees, which you do not always find at companies which have grown to the size that Geco Chemical has.

Henry Buragay - Assistant Manager Electrical and Instrumentation

Years at Geco Chemical: 17
Country of origin: Philippines

I joined Geco Chemical as an Electrical Design Engineer and have since progressed into a management role. During my tenure the Company has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge by involving me in different projects including working on production platforms, onshore plants, new build rigs and rig refurbishments. In turn, this experience has helped me to lead and mentor other new joiners.

Emileo Singh – HSES Coordinator

Years at Geco Chemical: 12
Country of origin: India

To me, working at Geco Chemical is like being part of a family and I feel respected and valued for what I bring to the Company. As a safety professional, it gives me great satisfaction being in a role where I can make a positive difference, ensuring our employees go home safely at the end of the day.