NAHETS Heavy Equipment Training Going to Saudi Arabia and Middle East

Mike Martens and Hussain Al-Zaiban after the meeting

From: Mike Martens, Director of Operations-NAHETS

This picture was taken on Dec 16th on the steps of the administrative headquarters of Saudi Aramco-Operations Division. The man to my right is Hussain Al-Zaiban, managing partner and president of Four Hands Construction Company. We had just completed a meeting (lasting 1 1/2 hrs) with eleven operations department heads and the chairman of the Saudi Council of Lift (Crane) Engineers.

Hussain and I announced that we had agreed on a working arrangement to bring NAHETS training to Saudi Arabia with Four Hands Company to take the lead as the training organization utilizing NAHETS curriculum and training methods. Four Hands would provide NAHETS standard of training to Saudi Arabia and to the entire Middle East.

The Aramco managers were extremely interested in establishing crane and rigging training and subsequent certification (for entry level and experienced operators) to comply with NAHETS/NCCCO standards. The Heavy Equipment Operator courses were of special interest to the managers of roads and infrastructure department.

The NAHETS simulator training was seen as also adding value to the training process.

We were asked as to the timetable for beginning the program and when told of the delay in processing the school license, we were told that this training was needed sooner and that they, Aramco, would exert their influence in speeding up the administrative timetable.

I would also commend Hussain and the staff of Four Hands Construction for the hospitality that was shown to me during my stay there; especially for the barbque immediately following the Aramco meeting.

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