Interviewing – for my former ITNHGE Students

Working Hard

Hi guys! I hope all is well in E.G. This post is just for you! As some of you may already know, a large drilling company reached out to me because he saw these posts regarding you guys. His company will be starting work in EG soon and he is in need of some great employees and you guys are the best! So, if Angel de Jesus has not given you the specifics, email me and I’ll help you out. In the meantime, if you get called for an interview, here are a few tips. I know we covered some of this in school, but just in case you forgot, here it is.

  1. Do your research on the company that you are interviewing with. Find out what they do and where the company head-quarters are. You should be able to find some facts about them that will help you have a much better interview, and they will like the fact that you know something about them. Write a few things down on paper and refer back to it if you do an interview.
  2. Don’t appear desperate! I know that some of you are very desparte to get a good job, but don’t tell them during the interview that you would do ANYTHING to work for them. Just tell them that this sounds like a great opportunity and you would love to help them accomplish their goals in EG.
  3. If they want to do a telephone interview first, make sure that you do this where it is quite. You don’t want people yelling in the background, dogs barking and babies crying. Also, get a pen and paper and take notes. Always keep a pen or pencil and paper close by. Smile when you are talking, you can hear that in your voice. Also, use your best manners and sound professional.
  4. If you get a face to face interview – show up 10 minutes early! If your interview is in Malabo and you live in Bata, fly in at least 3 hours early. That way if the plane is late, you won’t be late to your interview. Give yourself plenty of time!
  5. Shake their hand with a firm hand shake and look them in the eye.

That’s it for now. If you need anything else, let me know. GOOD LUCK!!!

Time to get a J-O-B. Brant Butler HSEQ!

Ok guys, it’s time for me to get a new job.  I need all the help I can get.  HSE related, don’t care where it is as long as it’s close to good schools and the place is safe.  If it’s rotational, I would like to stay close to a 28/28.  I don’t want to be gone 9 months a year like my Africa job.

I’ve worked in the Middle East, U.S. and Africa.  I have worked on many global projects.

I have my BS in Environmental Management (with a concentration in Occupational Safety) and I just got my MBA Organizational Leadership.

I have my OHST, CES and I’m a member of the Board of Certified of Safety Professionals.  Also, I’m a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

I also have done numerous ISO, OSHA, PSM, SEMS audits.  Technical writing, training and competency and built entire HSE Management Systems.  I’ve done consulting with many of the larger oil and gas companies in the U.S.

I’ve managed many and few and love mentoring.

I have my resume on CareerBuilder.com / LinkedIn.com / Rigzone.com

Here are a few projects I’ve worked on: Transocean Global HSE Management System, Transocean North American (NAM) Corrective Actions post Deepwater Horizon Audit, Hess SEMS for Gulf of Mexico, ENI Asset Risk Registers & SEMS, Nalco-Champion Integrated HSE Management System (IMS), ExxonMobil Quality & HSE Plan, Noble LNG Technical College Training Program (Ruppin College)

 




SEMS II Webinar – Bureau Veritas, Wood Group

BVC_Wood Group – COS SEMS II Webinar Presentation – 21 April 2014

 

I was going through one of my flash drives and found this webinar that I co-created and delivered back in 2014.  Given the current climate for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) I thought some people could use this today.

I don’t think this was the final copy, BV has that and I can’t find it on their website anywhere.  So, I thought I would use mine and see if it can help explain to some of those new safety guys out there a bit more about SEMS and SEMS II.

It’s really quite simple, but so many make it hard when it doesn’t need to be.  Here is the key to understanding the basics of SEMS and SEMS II.

  1. You must have a written SEMS plan
  2. It must be known by your employees (they need to know where to find it)
  3. You will be audited (both in the field and in the office)
  4. You will be held accountable against what YOUR plan states

It’s that easy.  If you say you have a way of doing things, then do it.  I’ve come across so many companies that have a written plan that state they do something this particular way, then they do it another way.  That’s when the auditors will ding you.  As your program grows, the auditors will hold you to a higher standard.

Go to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 30 part 250 and you will find what you MUST have as a minimum in your plan.  Then, you can build from there.  I’ve built a few SEMS plans for various companies, it isn’t hard, but does require thought and top management commitment, which is sometimes hard to come by with smaller companies.

Anyway, enjoy the presentation.  If I can find my copy with my notes, I’ll include it.  If you need any help with SEMS, let me know.  I am SEMS lead-auditor trained and have been involved with this for many years.

Good Luck!




ITNHGE Advanced English Class – EG – Africa

In the 2nd year of the ITNHGE program in Equatorial Guinea, the students are in Advanced English, Math and Science.  Almost every one of these kids (I say kids, but most are in their 20’s), had 0 English skills when they joined the program.  The first year is a really intensive English program.  I went into the Year 2 classroom the other day, and the students were giving group presentations in English and the topic was English.  These kids were talking about participle’s, past tense, future tense, all things I have not thought of in many years.  What’s more amazing, when the teacher asked which group volunteered to be first, half of the groups raised their hand immediately.  I was quite impressed.  They even worked on their transitions between members of the groups.  It is an interesting dynamic, we have teachers and other employees from all over the world (Australia, Ireland, US, UK, Philippines, Eastern Europe and Nationals).  All these people have different cultural norms, ways they communicate and ways they interpret.  In the beginning it helps to have a bit of cultural training that way the lines of communication won’t become a jumbled mess.  With the ITNHGE program, I think we got it right.  But that is because we have students that want to be here and want to learn and teachers that feel the same.  Here are some pics of the day!

Advanced English Presentation

 

Advanced English Presentation
Advanced English Presentation