Preparing a Training Course totally focused on the specific needs of a company is not an easy task. It requires case study, involvement and dedication of many professionals and a lot of determination. But for NTS, these are attributes that are not lacking - which allowed this bold project to leave the paper, in partnership with UnIBP, even in the midst of a pandemic.

In this matter, we will show an overview of the teachers' perception of the Course given to operators and technicians. Below, we have testimonials from 3 of these educators - only a few among the great team assembled for the Course.

EXCELLENCE

The teachers' preparation cannot be done hastily, due to its multiple particularities. What they do have in common, however, is a vast baggage of knowledge, be it in the performance in the gas market, in research or in teaching. Baggage that allows the richest learning process possible to our new colleagues.

According to veteran Sidney Stuckenbruck*, who teaches Basic Theory for Study of Pipeline Flow, the NTS class has good qualities:

“I have been teaching at PUC for years and here I have had a different experience. I came across almost 60 students, mostly of technical level, with a great capacity to absorb complicated things in the short term. My class is about physics topics that are not simple. But the group is very interested and had a very good reaction”, he explains.

For him, the biggest challenge came from the fact that the classes were remote. “For me, this online thing is a little strange. I'm an old teacher and I miss physical contact. But we adapt”.

NTS's investment in employees is what earns the most praise from Stuckenbruck: “As a former professor and researcher, I have followed the country's industrialization for years. And this training is at another level, it is of the highest level, something that excites me a lot. Anyone who is an NTS employee can be considered to be lucky. I can say that there are not many companies with this awareness”

And that opinion is shared by the other teachers with whom we spoke. Vitor Monteiro**, in charge of the Chemical and Physical Sciences discipline, frequently partners with IBP, but says he has never seen anything of this magnitude: “First time I participate in a course of this size, this extension, which links a series of sequential courses offered by a company. It is a privilege”.

And Walmir Gomes dos Santos***, responsible for 4 disciplines (Natural Gas, Natural Gas Transport and Distribution, Natural Gas Processing and Conditioning of Natural Gas Transport Pipelines), goes further: “I have already participated in many trainings in companies, but never any with the penetration of this one from NTS. When they explained the project, I thought to myself: 'I only saw this in more developed markets'. Today we have a lot of upheaval in the market, in the business environment, and NTS comes in the counter flow, the company started an aggressive investment in what I consider to be the main asset of a corporation: its employees. It's really exceptional", he says.

He points out yet another issue that caught his attention: student participation.

“Their participation is impressive, they interact even more than I am used to in class. And participating does not always mean that they have some doubt to clarify. Many already have an experience, a personal experience to share, and this is extremely positive because it helps to consolidate their learning with practical language. They are very curious, explore everything possible and make me very happy to be able to teach.”

Professor Vitor shares this same observation about the students' dedication: “They are very energetic, they want to learn, they ask. These are working hours, so there is greater seriousness envolved in the experience. There is a very big responsibility involved”, he explains.

Vitor also points out that the heterogeneity of the class is a very relevant point, especially for the content he teaches, which brings an overview of topics that many had already seen, but also with a lot of new things. “The volume of information is very large, my role is to create a foundation for the next courses. And with people with different backgrounds, this leveling process needs to be worked out very well”, he explains.

Dedicated to maintaining the focus and motivation of students, he also says that he has been challenging himself to find attractive ways to teach in digital classes.

“I'm the type to walk around the room, interact all the time. Physical contact is an important resource to motivate, to keep students focused. And now that resource has been taken away from us. At first I was sorry, now I am improving with each class. I use a lot of movement, videos, colors, PPT resources, resources from our platform. I like the dynamics of dividing into 4 or 5 virtual rooms to solve problems, for example, it is something that captures their attention.”

The important thing, according to Vitor, is to keep everyone on the same level and help them develop their thinking process: “I want them to have tools to think. It is a different course, it was not ready-made”, he concludes.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE 3 TEACHERS

* Sidney Stuckenbruck:

• Graduation, master and doctorate in Mechanical Engineering (University of Houston 1973).
• Professor at PUC between 1974 and 1988 and 2002-present.
• Visiting professor Michigan State University (1983-1985).
• President (and founding partner) of the Brazilian Association of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering - ABCM (1978-80, 1987-89, 1989-92),
• Executive Secretary (founder) of the "Multinational Project for Integrity Analysis and Life Extension of Industrial Equipment" - PROMAI (1992-2005).
• Currently professor and coordinator at PUC-Rio for the Pipeline Engineering course.

** Walmir Gomes dos Santos:

• Graduated in Chemical Engineering from UFRJ (1985), with specialization in Processing Engineering from Petrobras Corporate University (1986).
• Doctor of Science in Chemical Engineering from UERJ (2018).
• He has 35 years of experience in activities related to the oil & gas sector, having worked, among others, in the engineering area for the implementation of natural gas processing and transportation projects.
• Was project manager in the natural gas area, technology manager in the engineering area of ​​Transpetro and, as a last function in the company, was a senior consultant in the engineering area.

* Vitor Augusto de Rego Monteiro:

• Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Unicamp (1994), Master in Physicochemistry of colloids and surfaces and Morphology of nanoparticles by Unicamp (1997).
• Teacher since 1996 in high school and pre-university entrance exam.
• Approved as a chemist by tender by Petrobras in 2002.
• Currently works at the Drilling and Completion Fluids Laboratory of the Research Center (CENPES), as coordinator of projects and new technologies in the areas of drilling and completion. Teaches classes on drilling fluids and completion at IBP since 2009.