Aibel's education scheme is a resounding success

This week sees the second group of students embark on Aibel's course on estimation and planning.

Last autumn Aibel started up a part-time course in estimation and planning in partnership with Stord / Haugesund University College (HSH). This one-year course provides students with unique expertise, being the only course in Norway to combine planning and estimating in this way. This week, the second group of students is embarking on the course, which they combine with work on Aibel's projects.

Raising expertise
"Good planning and estimation skills are critical to the smooth running of a project. One of the main objectives in setting up this course was to raise the status of planning as a discipline in its own right and enhance our expertise within this area," says Tom Møltorp, Aibel's head of project management.

"The students are evenly distributed over all of Aibel's Norwegian locations, helping ensure that the knowledge is shared throughout the entire organisation," he adds.

Tom Møltorp, head of project management in Aibel, this week welcomed 25 new students.
This week, Tom Møltorp, Aibel's head of project management, welcomed 25 new students to Aibel (Photo: Øyvind Sætre).

Well-structured
Karina Berg Karlsen from Oslo is one of a total of 50 people who been accepted on to the new programme. She has managed to find a good balance between work, studying and looking after her three children and would recommend whole-heartedly others to try the same.

"It has been very exciting. The course consists of a number of modules, so that we gradually go into more depth. The lecturers are always focusing on how we can apply the theory in practice, which always makes the coursework seem highly relevant," she says.

Karina Berg Karlsen combines studies and a full time job as an Engineering Planner at Aibel's office in Asker.
Karina Berg Karlsen is combining the course on planning and estimation with a job as an Engineering Planner at Aibel's office in Asker (Photo: Øyvind Sætre).

Huge interest
There was certainly no lack of interest when these work-study positions were announced last summer. Indeed several hundred people applied.

"Finding good candidates for the places on the course has not been a problem. We have achieved a good mix of students with different types of backgrounds and previous experience," says Tom Møltorp with a smile.

Now that the second group has started, all the students who were admitted to the course have begun. In light of the growing need for expertise in planning and estimation, not to mention the excellent experience with the programme so far, Aibel's head of project management is open to the possibility of more work-study positions being announced.

"Aibel is growing rapidly and is involved in many exciting projects. We are always working on improving our skills," says Møltorp.

AIBEL'S COURSE IN PLANNING AND ESTIMATION

  • The course runs for one year and is worth 30 study credits.
  • The programme has been developed in collaboration with Stord / Haugesund University College (HSH).
  • The course comprises the following modules:
    - Understanding projects
    - Forms of contract and price formats
    - Estimation methods
    - Planning methods
    - Understanding uncertainly
    - Preparing tenders
    - Weight estimation
    - Additional work and alterations
    - Following up time and costs
    - Communicating estimates and planning information
  • Per Willy Hetland is the course leader and has designed the theoretical framework.
  • Several experienced Aibel employees contribute as guest lecturers: Jan B. Johnsen, Asbjørn Nesse, Harald Kyllevik, Viggo Telle and Tore Elton.

Published 2013-01-15, 12:40 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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Aibel's course in planning and estimation

  • The course runs for one year and is worth 30 study credits.
  • The programme has been developed in collaboration with Stord / Haugesund University College (HSH).
  • The course comprises the following modules:
    • Understanding projects
    • Forms of contract and price formats
    • Estimation methods
    • Planning methods
    • Understanding uncertainty
    • Preparing tenders
    • Weight estimation
    • Additional work and alterations
    • Following up time and costs
    • Communicating estimates and planning information
  • Per Willy Hetland is the course leader and has designed the theoretical framework.
  • Several experienced Aibel employees contribute as guest lecturers: Jan B. Johnsen, Asbjørn Nesse, Harald Kyllevik, Viggo Telle and Tore Elton.