Jonathan Long

Graduate Engineer

"To get the most out of an assignment like this, say yes to all site invitations you get. Customer engineering is very broad and the best way to see it all is by getting out of the office and onto the different sites!"

2014 Industrial placement - Process Engineering

2016 Graduate Engineer

About me

I graduated in 2017 with an MEng Chemical Engineering from University of Leeds and also with a published paper. My industrial placement was with Air Products in Process Engineering and I also completed a summer placement in a power station. Outside of work, I enjoy playing drums and I’m into all kinds of music.

Why do you think a young engineer should join Air Products?

A big attraction for engineers to Air Products (in my opinion) is the fact that the company not only designs plants and equipment but also owns and operates a lot of it, which gives you a chance to see what you design and makes you better at designing it in future.

We also distribute the product and install storage systems on customers' sites who use the product we make. Because of that, we can get experience in design, operations, commercial aspects, supply chain and R&D all within the same company.

Another very attractive thing for me is that graduates (and to some extent placement students) are expected to work as any other member in the team, which is challenging but gives lots of responsibility and make you feel much more valued.

My current role and responsibilities

Projects and Products Engineer, CryoEase® Microbulk Solutions

As a projects and products engineer working in the CryoEase projects team, my main responsibilities have been to carry out optimisation projects that help the customer engineering teams operate more efficiently. I have also completed CryoEase microbulk projects and gained exposure to other customer engineering functions such as bulk projects.

Best aspects of the job

As a group in Customer Engineering, CryoEase projects are incredibly varied and uniquely challenging. Having completed an industrial placement in Process Engineering, gaining exposure to customers with applications ranging from breweries to biomedical laboratories to metal fabrication was eye opening and provided a very valuable experience.

Advice to Graduates

To get the most out of an assignment like this, say yes to all site invitations you get. Customer engineering is very broad and the best way to see it all is by getting out of the office and onto the different sites!

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