Juho Piiparinen

Mechanical Engineer

"The most important part for me is working in a role that I find varied, interesting and develops me professionally."


University of Bristol


(MEng) in Mechanical Engineering

What made you originally apply to SLB?

As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to become an engineer. So towards the end of my degree I had to begin thinking about what next. I wanted to work in engineering, but due to living in various countries for the majority of my childhood I also wanted to work in an international environment, which many engineering companies do not offer. I’d also always been fascinated by the energy and especially the oil industry due to their significance to the modern society. I also appreciate the fact that Schlumberger supports and rewards their employees for hard work; I’m not the type of person that is very excited by half-day Fridays. Finally, I have to admit that during the interview day I felt that I just connected quite well with many of the employees and managers who I spoke to.

When did you join SLB and in what role/location?

I first joined as an intern in between the 3rd and 4th years of my university. After a successful year I expressed my wish to join the company after graduation and managed to secure my place before end of university.

My first full-time position was joining the PowerDrive Sustaining team as a mechanical engineer, which I’m still in, but with greatly increased responsibilities.

What have your first few years entailed?

My first two weeks of work were an introductory course with new starters from all over the world. I joined the company as part of the 3 year ADVANCE programme as a mechanical engineer, meaning that I usually work in my normal role as a mechanical engineer, but as a part of the programme attend trainings in the UK and abroad some of which develop my mechanical engineering skills and others focus on general corporate skills such as leadership and project management.

The day-to-day task of my job include tasks such as mechanical design using CAD, structural and thermal calculations and FEA, working together with other engineers in my team, working together with technicians for mechanical testing and liaising with other departments such as supply chain and legal for project work.

What is the best part of your current role and working for SLB on the whole?

The most important part for me is working in a role that I find varied, interesting and develops me professionally, but what I also enjoy daily is working with wide range of people from a mix of backgrounds. For example the 11 members of my team come from 7 different nationalities.

However, I would not be able to give an answer to this question without mentioning the times when during my field visit I had the chance to drive by myself in a 4x4 vehicle on the sandy roads of a West Texas desert to spend a week at a drilling rig for the very first time, or the time when I attended a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) software training which was run by a person who consults a few of the current F1 racing teams.

Where do you see your career advancing over the next 5 years?

I’m looking to finish my ADVANCE graduate programme by the summer of 2013. I’ve currently expressed the wish for my three years of product development experience to be followed by 1.5 years working in field operations to gain a better overview of the company and the industry as a whole. After that I will have a career orientation review in which I will be able to discuss the direction that my career will take. I personally enjoy working with technology and engineering but combining that with working in a new country would keep life exciting!