Meet our employees
Nationalities from more than 25 countries work at Welltec. This contributes to our unique atmosphere with a global dimension and yet a strong foothold at the various bases.
Tone Skår, offshore Field Engineer, Norway
Tone has been with us for the last 5 years and has built up a good piece of experience during those five years though only working off-shore. She is familiar with operating in many different environments and conditions – from jackups to submersibles, semisubmersibles and drillships.
“My job is to receive our equipment, unpack, test on deck before rig up and running in well. When the job is done I make sure that our equipment is being packed and returned.
Our jobs vary a lot in purpose and extent. We do all kinds of intervention services from setting plugs, pulling plugs, opening and closing sleeves and cutting pipe and for that matter we manage a wide set of tools from Well Stroker, Well Key, Well Tractor, Well Cutter. In other words it’s about maintaining the wells for keeping them in production.”
Before joining Welltec, Tone worked 21 years in the Navy, where she was also certified as a service electronics technician. She was employed as a civilian on Haakonsvern in Bergen.
“As a Field engineer I have hands on with our highly specialized solutions and technologies for the oil and gas industry and I constantly have to improve my knowledge and skills in order to ensure a high service quality in all operations. Besides the fact that I have the best view from my “office”, I like that my days are never the same as I have to adapt to the constantly change in needs of the working situation. We are having an overall focus on safety and how to help our clients leaving behind as small footprint as possible, which I am proud of being a contributing part of”.
Marcelo Adriano Pavanelli Batocchio, Area Vice President, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Having been with us less than a year, Marcelo is one of the newcomers to Welltec. However, he is by no means a newcomer to the oil and gas industry, having more than 10 years’ experience with other service providers.
Today, as Area Vice President for Welltec in Brazil, he is tasked with developing our business in a rapidly growing market.
“Brazil is a growth area and this was one of my main drivers for joining Welltec. Welltec provides a good challenge. We have kind people and good operations. And I see a huge potential for further developing my career and building the local organization.”
“Prior to being contacted, I had heard about Welltec but I only knew the name, not the products or solutions. I remember having seen a Well Tractor presentation in the late 90’s and thinking this was ingenious! But in my previous career I didn’t work with e-line so I didn’t know more about Welltec’s offerings.”
After a post graduate degree in petroleum engineering, Marcelo has built his career in the well completions domain. He has held various sales and managerial roles in Latin America where he has been responsible for client relations and market development. He has witnessed how Latin America has become increasingly interesting to the big international companies that have entered the market.
“It is a welcome change to go from a large company to joining a relatively small organization like Welltec. It requires a change in perception, but the organization is geared for business with quicker and short decision routes, fast learning and good management support.”
As many other countries, Brazil is very focused on clean technology and the environment, which ties in perfectly with Welltec’s philosophy of optimizing reservoir drainage while reducing carbon footprint. Hence, one of the things that intrigued Marcelo about Welltec was the level of sustainable solutions and cutting-edge technology.
“I was surprised about the degree of innovation and the technology that Welltec develops. It was like opening a new window. Welltec is much more innovative than other companies I know. Our customized, robotic devices solve many problems with simple solutions and the tools complement those from 3rd party suppliers. I find this to be brilliant and remarkable.”
Pernille Rønne, Sales Systems Support Manager, Allerød, Denmark
After 16 years in the property sector, where Pernille built her career from receptionist to HR manager and PA to the chief executive, she was contacted by a former colleague and manager who had joined Welltec as IT manager.
He wanted to recruit Pernille to a cross functional role in which she would communicate the IT department’s services to all employees globally and be the link between IT and the organization. It did not take much deliberation for Pernille to say yes and this is a decision she has never regretted.
“Being part of Welltec is fantastic. It’s awesome that an idea from a village in Denmark can make such an impact globally. It makes me really proud of my company, of my colleagues and of my job. We have a remarkable product and it’s pretty cool to have joined these game-changing ‘geeks’.”
A good work-life balance was an important consideration for Pernille when making the leap from property to Welltec, and this is strengthened by the global nature of her role.
“I’m a single mom with two boys who play soccer, so having flexibility is something I value greatly. At Welltec we have ‘freedom under responsibility’ which means I can plan my days in a way that suits Welltec as well as the family. In fact, this is the perfect setup, as my colleagues for example in the US wake up when the Danish office is about to close for the day; this means I can work in the evening and catch my colleagues during their office hours.”
In her daily work Pernille communicates with colleagues all over the world. She helps with the processes from sales to Service Delivery Managers and on to Operations, ensuring success from beginning to end and she consults on all operations. She teaches the use of our CRM system to colleagues worldwide through the Welltec Academy and finds it important to adapt her teaching to her audience being e.g. Field Engineers and Service Delivery Managers.
”I ensure that everything goes smoothly, that sales and operations communicate and that our systems work perfectly supporting the business. It is such a great feeling to evolve in the now, to become better and ensure better communication and better processes. It is exciting to see the results of our projects when they are launched and to get the feedback from the users; we really feel the joy from our colleagues when we launch successful supporting tools. It makes me feel that I am making a difference. It makes me happy.”
Pernille values the working environment highly and singles this out as an important aspect of working with Welltec.
”Great colleagues are an important asset and our department has a wonderful work environment. Generally, it is my experience that my colleagues at Welltec worldwide are really good at providing feedback and giving praise. I also enjoy the diversity of my colleagues. There’s room for coveralls as well as suits and ties and I think this supports the good work environment. I believe the diversity is a result of our international mindset and this is something we are all very proud of.”
Being at the forefront of innovation, means that no two days at Welltec are alike and the production, headquarter and bases are buzzing with life.
“Being able to walk through the production and talk to the engineers adds an extra dimension to my work and I get a chance to see the tools and hear about our successes. Some of my best Welltec experiences have been visiting our bases in e.g. Canada, the US, Scotland and Norway; to meet the colleagues and see how ‘the real world’ works outside the Headquarter in Allerød.”
The constant thrive for change also provides interesting and exciting careers paths at Welltec.
”I love the fact that we have such good opportunities to develop and experience new things. You never get bored and there’s always room to try something new if you would like.”
Rick joined Welltec in 2003, straight out of Texas A&M, as a field engineer based in Houston. During the following three years, he field trained new hires, worked more than 12 offshore and 200 land-based operations and performed the first Well Stroker fishing operation in the Western Hemisphere, before advancing to Service Delivery Manager in 2006.
“What I love about Welltec is the daily challenges and the dynamic workforce. Our solutions are constantly changing to adapt to client needs, so every day is fresh and no two jobs are the same.”
As SDM, Rick was responsible for planning, coordinating, briefing and debriefing every job that was loaded out for Fort Worth, Midland, San Antonio, and Conway. He ensured best quality service and delivery through meeting Service Quality Goals and training new employees.
In 2009 Rick advanced to Field Service Manager, a role that included implementing best practices, QHSE and Welltec procedures and processes. He worked with optimizing asset utilization across the regions and initiatives to improve service quality and delivery. In addition, Rick became responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with company representatives for future business development.
“Welltec provides challenges in a different way. There are many avenues for career development and with hard work you can progress quickly. The company’s key values, beliefs and wants have coincided perfectly with my own and I am proud of the work I have done and the goals I have reached thus far at Welltec.
Rick advanced to his current position as Senior Account Manager. He is now in charge of growing the revenue by building on Welltec’s impressive track record and developing relationships with clients in South Texas. Among his recent successes is introducing mechanical services to the area and establishing Welltec as the ‘first call’ alternative within e-line services.
Karthik Rajamani, Account Manager, Luanda, Angola
Since Karthik joined Welltec in 2006 he has worked on a number of highly complex and challenging projects worldwide, including conventional and unconventional reservoirs, HP and HT environments combined with H2S, onshore and offshore – always with a strong commitment to HSSE.
“Welltec has a culture of safety that every employee is conscious about. It raises our quality of work and makes us aware of our rights and responsibilities to maintain a safe working environment. One of the most important things about Welltec is the fact that we, as field engineers, are encouraged to stop operation or work anytime we see something wrong or unsafe being done at the worksite. The upper management in Welltec stands behind our decision to stop an unsafe work; be it in the Welltec workshop or client location. This is one of the primary reasons why I chose to work for Welltec.”
Karthik appreciates the diversity of his tasks and colleagues and enjoys the strong corporate culture, as well as Welltec’s unique respect for the work-life balance. The nature of his position provides an opportunity to work as a leader with teams from different technical and cultural backgrounds domestically and internationally, and the culture embraces his strong commitment to HSSE and to improving procedures.
“Life in Welltec is exciting and challenging, as each new project brings a new challenge and pushes you to be more efficient in your job to achieve the best result.”
In 2006 he first became acquainted with the O&G industry when he joined Enermark as a Field Operator. This spurred his interest in the industry and in 2008 Jeff graduated with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta. He spent a year with Tucker Wireline Services, before joining Welltec in August 2010.
“When I joined Welltec, I was excited about joining this forward-looking, innovative company that is constantly looking for new opportunities and technologies. The excitement for me in the O&G industry is the continual need for new technologies, ideas and procedures to fully exploit the global reserves – and Welltec is a truly innovative company.”
Jeff emphasizes that the true value Welltec brings to the operators lies in the details, which sets us apart from the competition.
“Welltec pays thorough attention to details in everything we do. This ensures flawless operations, innovative design and engineering and a good working environment. Welltec has a strong corporate sense and I enjoy the team-oriented environment very much.”
Charlotte Nipper, Receptionist, Allerød, Denmark
“The first person you typically meet when you visit Welltec’s headquarters is Charlotte Nipper, our receptionist. She is the go-to person for all practical information about the facilities and its people.
“I’ve been here many years, almost since the beginning, and know most of our employees by name even though we have grown so much in recent years,” says Charlotte. “We are one big family fighting for a common goal and that creates a unique team spirit and wonderful atmosphere,” she adds.
Being on the frontline she receives all customers and colleagues in person and on the phone. “I love my job – it really fits my personality. I’m service-minded by nature and I think it’s exciting to meet new people. I meet colleagues from all over the world, and they are happy, lovely people. I have a sense of knowing them, even when we haven’t met before, because they are all part of my Welltec family”.
Charlotte joined Welltec in 1999, and despite having been with us for so long, she still feels like every day brings new, exciting experiences.
“I never thought I would be here for so many years, but the job never gets boring. I feel important and I know everyone in the house. I love getting up in the morning to go to work – it’s THE job!” she says and continues: “And I’m immensely proud of what Jørgen has achieved. It’s grand! – and to think I have been part of it too”.
Diego Arcanjo, Field Engineer, Macaé, Brazil
Diego is a member of our Western Hemisphere International Field Engineer team. Diego has both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from “Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora” in Brazil.
He joined Welltec in February, 2012 after spending a few years with Halliburton Logging as a Field Engineer in Brazil. What motivated him to change jobs was the spirit of innovation at Welltec:
“Welltec is a company which consistently invests in new technologies for the oil and gas industry. This characteristic drives us engineers to always improve our knowledge and skills in order to achieve a high service quality at the field. So it is a constant challenge to work for Welltec, which motivates me a lot.”
Today Diego works as an International Field Engineer, which means the whole world can actually be his place of work. Primarily he supports the Americas where he has done a great job to keep the service quality high through very busy periods.
“To me, it’s important that I always do my very best when I’m on a job. In this business the smallest detail can mean the difference between success and failure so us who execute the operations need to be prepared, alert and focused.”
Diego has brought a lot of enthusiasm and professionalism to the group of International Field Engineers. In many ways, he exemplifies the future of Welltec and we are sure he will continue to contribute to our success in the Americas.
Michael Larsen, Senior Technical Specialist, Allerød, Denmark
Michael Larsen, Team Leader and in charge of producing new components for the tools, has more than 25 years of experience as an instrument maker. The last 15 years have been with Welltec.
He has therefore experienced the transformation from a small development oriented company struggling to gain foothold to a global service provider setting new standards for well solutions.
‘I have been part of Welltec since the beginning. At that time I took a risk by joining, but it’s been worth it. Actually it’s been like experiencing how a child grows and matures into an adult and yet retaining the quality of curiosity.’
Producing the components is a complex process which involves a lot of phases. Typically each component will, from un-machined material to finished component, pass through a number of machines before it is passed on to the assembly line. This requires careful planning as a number of different machining processes and tools may be required. The sequence and route of the component is planned to provide an optimal and coherent flow in the production day and night.
‘It’s hard to describe the culture here. You have to experience it, but the elements of pioneering and rapid reaction are certainly some of those I thrive upon’.
Louise Bjerre Hansen, Manager, QHSE Management Systems & Processes, Allerød, Denmark
Educated as a Design and Innovation Engineer from the Technical University of Denmark, Louise Bjerre Hansen joined Welltec in 2010 as a project employee in the QHSE Department.
‘Initially I wanted to study design or physics but ended up doing an engineering degree and today I am really happy I did so. While studying I had an idea that I would like to work with product development, but then I heard about Welltec and suddenly I had landed a temporary job, which now has turned into a permanent job. The work is very different from what I had in mind as a student; however it has really intrigued me how I can use so much of what I have learned in a different context and I really enjoy the possibilities which Welltec offer’.
QHSE aspects play a central role and many resources are used to continuously improve procedures and working methods. This requires a systematic and determined approach.
‘At the moment I am deeply involved in implementing QMS at our bases around the world and at HQ.
It is exciting to be part of this process which has a significant impact on the way we work and interact with our clients. Imagine, just a year ago I was a student and now I have been appointed as a QA Engineer and become part of global team. A team I fell really comfortable with.’
Erik ‘Bubber’ Hennings, EDM Craftsman, Allerød, Denmark
Electric discharge machining or EDM is widely used at Welltec for manufacturing high precision tools and components. EDM makes it possible to cut and shape metals for which traditional machining techniques are inadequate.
It is a technique which is used for working hard metals where high precision is required.