James

Commissioning Engineer

"The first thing about ABB that caught my eye was the global nature of the company and the fact that there were opportunities to work all over the world and in many different industries."

How did ABB capture your interest? And why did you choose ABB?

The first thing about ABB that caught my eye was the global nature of the company and the fact that there were opportunities to work all over the world and in many different industries. As someone who has a desire to travel and likes diversity in my work, ABB was an obvious choice. To be honest; the engineering discipline (Automation and Control) that I have now come to be a professional in, was not my first choice, as my degree is in mechanical engineering. However, visiting the ABB offices sparked an interest in the discipline, with some application and hard work I have become proficient in it.

What is your current job within ABB?

I am currently a Commissioning Engineer on the QCLNG Project in Australia, a coal seam gas extraction and processing plant. I have been on the project for two and a half years and started as an Application Engineer when the project was being built in the UK. I followed the project to site where I have spent 18 months commissioning the ABB equipment on the plant.

What do you enjoy about working for ABB?

There are many things I like about working for ABB, the global nature of the company, the diversity in the industries we work in and technologies we work with. There seems to be so many opportunities to take advantage of, and a lot of support from the company if you are driven and want to succeed. I am an Engineer, but I can see my career going past this and into other areas of industry and business. This is something ABB is supporting me with and encouraging me to do.

What advice would you give to Graduates considering the ABB Graduate programme and the career prospects that lie ahead?

As with everything in life, in my opinion, you get out what you put in. If you are prepared to work hard, or more appropriately, work smart. If you have drive and desire. If you are interested and engaged with something that ABB offers, and are prepared to learn, then you will do well. Walk in with your eyes open – fresh out of university you only know half what you need. Be nice to people – but don’t be creepy. Find a mentor, someone in the business who’s in a higher position, that’s on your wavelength, someone who will guide and support you and who will have your back.