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USA – Norway and back

Kevin Davenport

Name: Kevin Davenport
Title: International Trainee
Main work areas: Drilling Equipment & Dropped Object Prevention

“My name is Kevin and I am the American trainee. July 4th marked 1 year since I left Houston; set for Molde on the mountainous western coast of Norway. Molde became my temporary home and base of operations, but my job has sent me many places in the last year – from the UK to the island of Curacao in the Caribbean (and back to Houston a few times).”

How it Started

I graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in May 2013 from Texas A&M University. At the Aggie career fair I had encountered a few Axess engineers manning a booth, I traded a resume for a business card there, and my hiring process began. Once I learned the details of the assignment I was interviewing for, my mind was made up. International travel and hands on experience were on top of my list of priorities, and the international trainee assignment promised to meet these expectations and more. Bags were being packed before I signed on the dotted line.

Figure it Out

Learning a new industry and a new country at the same time was an exciting challenge; in a month I had gone from learning rocket science in Texas, to offshore drilling in the North Sea. Luckily the two industries have something in common (Texas and the North Sea… don’t). Both industries have, which from my experiences, are some of the most difficult problems and complex solutions that engineering has to offer. 

The transition was as smooth as it could have been though; thanks to the brilliant and hardworking people I have been able to work side-by-side with, and my unconditionally supportive family sending hot sauce packages across the Atlantic. I have had the opportunity here to make new friends, and learn from them. I continue to have this opportunity on a daily basis, and I’m grateful. 

Keep Moving

The time spent offshore with Axess has been the highlight of my working days. Every day can present a new challenge, and you never know what you’re going to get, or what part of the world you’ll be in when the month ends. The lifestyle has been demanding but the rewards are great, as Churchill said: difficulties mastered are opportunities won. 
Looking forward to the next project, the next rig, and the next year. 

Thanks, Gig ‘em, and Skål.

Contact Information

Molde
Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 MOLDE
+47 982 43 600
Aberdeen
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Units 6 & 19 Robert Leonard Centre
Howe Moss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce AB21 0GG, UK
(duty): +44(0) 7912212854
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Bergen
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Houston
Axess North America Inc
15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 501
77094 Houston, TX
+1 (281) 994-0367
Villahermosa
Stavanger
Axess AS
Koppholen 25, 4313 Sandnes
Stavanger, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Rio de Janeiro
Axess do Brasil Ltda
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
Accra
Axess Petrorig Ghana Limited
3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
Luanda
Rainha Ginga
127 Luanda, Angola
+27 82 202 5266
Cape Town
Axess Africa Ltd.
1 Nares Street
Observatory
7925 Cape Town
+27 82 202 5266
Trondheim
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Orkanger
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
Orkanger
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 41 78 06 30
Oslo
Axess AS
Filipstad Brygge 1, 3rd Floor
Oslo, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Busan
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
#103 (Aju-dong Hyunjin Evervil) B1 Yang 1-gil, Geoji-Si
Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
+82 10 8929 2016
Mumbai
Axess Offshore (Mumbai)
Alpha, 2nd Floor Unit No. 201
Hiranandani Gardens Powai, Mumbai
India
Singapore
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre #05-31 South Wing
3 International Business Park
609927 Singapore
+65 6908 4174
Perth
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
Perth
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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