Apprentice turns Master at RGU graduation

A young Inverness oil and gas worker who started off his career as an apprentice has turned Master when he graduated from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Ewen Noble - Petroleum Engineering 325 x 488Ewen Noble (27), who hails from Inverness but is now based in the Granite City, graduated from RGU’s School of Engineering with an MSc in Petroleum Engineering with distinction on July 14, at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

Ewen decided to move into an apprenticeship role in the oil and gas industry straight after leaving school to gain hands-on experience and is now fulfilling his ambition of completing his Degree through RGU’s part-time distance learning option, while keeping up his day job.

“I always planned to go to university but as I left school I wanted to gain practical site based industry experience,” he said.

“When I left school I entered an apprenticeship with a major exploration and production oil company, a company I am still employed with today and who kindly sponsored me through my degree. 

“I felt that the combination of academic and practical industry experience would be invaluable in my career choice.”

Ewen found juggling full-time employment and his studies a challenge, but has come through with flying colours to gain his Masters with Distinction.

“I did not want to leave the industry to study for a degree full time and RGU offered me the opportunity to complete a degree through part-time distance learning

“It is something I am very proud of, working full time whilst trying to complete a degree was challenging but I am sure the hard work will be worth it.

“The various subsea related modules were something I enjoyed and felt very valuable for my current line of work.”

Ewen is already finding that his hard work is paying off, having moved into a new role with his long-term employers.

“Since successfully completing my degree, I have been able to move jobs within the company - currently employed as a Process and Flow Assurance Engineer within the onshore support team.

“I plan to use the experience I have gained so far, coupled with my academic achievement to continue to progress my career in the energy industry.”


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