Recruitment drive for Antech
EXETER, England – 11 June 2008 – AnTech Ltd, a specialist engineering design and manufacturing company serving the international upstream oil and gas industries, announced that continued demand for its downhole tools and drilling systems is fuelling the company’s aggressive recruitment campaign for graduate engineers.
Graduate Recruitment Fair at University of Bath a First for AnTech
For the first time, AnTech participated at the University of Bath’s Graduate Recruitment Fair, which was hosted in Bath, England last week. The company wants to attract aspiring mechanical, operational and manufacturing engineers. “Although we have recently increased our engineering staff by 30%, we still need more engineers to develop and improve products, and to serve our customers,” said Tim Mitchell, Business Systems Manager at AnTech. “We have been fortunate that our outreach work with the University of Exeter, the government’s Year in Industry Programme and our own Graduate Recruitment Programme have generated outstanding engineers who are currently providing creativity and excellent customer service. However, with the unprecedented demand we are experiencing, we decided to widen the net by exhibiting at the recruitment fair in Bath. I’m happy to report that it was extremely successful. We talked to a number of dynamic young graduates, and are looking forward to interviewing them during the coming weeks,” he added.
Engineering Staff Numbers on the Rise
In order to encourage young people to pursue an engineering career in the hopes that they might join the company in the future, AnTech actively engages with schools and colleges in the South West of England. Throughout the year, AnTech engineers speak at local schools and liaise with careers officers. In addition, guest speakers are sponsored to visit schools and colleges, most recently engineer and television science presenter Dr. Shini Somarathne spoke to pupils at Exmouth Community College.
These efforts generate results. During the last six months, a number of new engineers have joined AnTech. Faye Wallace works as an Electro-Mechanical Technician, and is working toward a National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Exeter College. Julian Lewarne is an Electronics Technician who is studying for an FdSc in Electronic Engineering at Exeter College and Plymouth University. Both report directly to Jennifer Bentley, Production Manager for AnTech.
In addition, Chris Bowmer recently joined AnTech as a Development Engineer. Bowmer holds a BEng Hons Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently studying for an MSc in Urban Water Systems at University of Exeter. Jun Wen was appointed as an Electronics Engineer, and holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering from University of Nottingham and an MSc in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College-London. Bowmer and Wen report to Rachel Heal, Engineering Manager for AnTech.
AnTech employs a workforce of 23, seventeen of which are engineers.
Graduate Recruitment an Ongoing Effort
Since 2000, AnTech has operated a Graduate Recruitment Programme in conjunction with the national Year in Industry (Y in I) programme. The Y in I matches young people who want to gain job experience with companies seeking to train potential employees before they enter university. Last year, AnTech received a Highly Commended Award in the “BP Award for Best Partnership between Business and Education” category. The firm was recognised for its efforts to train and attract young people to the manufacturing industry at the 25th Annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards (MX2007) sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London.
New Frontiers in North America
The past l8 months have been very exciting for AnTech. The company entered the coiled tubing drilling service arena with the launch of AnTech Technical Services (ATS), a subsidiary service company that provides coiled tubing drilling (CTD) services to the North American oil and gas market using the COLTÔ, AnTech’s Coiled Tubing Bottom Hole Assembly. Located in Michigan, ATS is centrally located for mobilising staff and equipment to carry out operations in Canada and the USA.
About Antech Ltd
AnTech Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of innovative products for the international upstream oil and gas industries. Founded in 1992 in Exeter, England, AnTech Ltd is known throughout the world for its range of award-winning coiled tubing tools, and permanent completion products.
The company specialises in manufacturing downhole tools for coiled tubing operations, including its flagship product, the COLT coiled tubing drilling bottom hole assembly, hazardous area data acquisition systems and oilfield software. As one of the leading design engineering companies in the UK, nearly every major operator and oil services company has retained AnTech Ltd to develop custom coiled tubing, downhole and completion tools. The company’s pioneering products and technology maximise oil production performance in a safe and cost-effective manner.