LONDON, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has awarded Bechtel Gold Corporate Partner status for the company's contributions to the advancement of chemical engineering and process industries. The status reflects Bechtel's ongoing professional development of its chemical engineers, significant contributions to the Institution's career development and certification programs, and its own efforts to help develop the next generation of engineers.
"Gold Corporate Partner status is our highest level of corporate partnership and requires organizations to meet high standards in attracting, training, developing and recognizing chemical engineering talent," said Judith Hackitt, IChemE president. "Bechtel has set high standards in all these areas. It fully deserves this award from the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and we congratulate the company on its success."
"The Institution of Chemical Engineers' corporate partnership program is an important part of the industry's efforts to ensure that today's chemical engineers continue to grow and, at the same time, develop tomorrow's talent," said Pri Ratnatunga, manager of central functions for Bechtel's oil, gas, and chemicals business unit and an IChemE Fellow. "The gold status award is a tribute to the passion of Bechtel people who enthusiastically share with their colleagues as well as students interested in engineering careers the knowledge and experiences they've gained building megaprojects across the globe."
IChemE is the global professional membership organization for people with relevant experience or an interest in chemical engineering. With more than 38,000 members in 120 countries, the institution actively promotes the development, understanding, and use of chemical engineering and encourages young people to pursue careers in chemical engineering.
Bechtel is actively partnering with the Institution and employs more than 500 chemical engineers globally. The company runs an IChemE-accredited training program for graduate engineers, encourages employees to seek IChemE membership, participates in the membership process for engineers pursuing chartered status, and actively engages in education programs.
Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 employees team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries. For more information about Bechtel visit www.bechtel.com.