James

Graduate Electrical Engineer

"Even as a summer student, ConocoPhillips invested time and effort into helping me learn about the industry both locally and globally..."

The Beginning

Even as a summer student, ConocoPhillips invested time and effort into helping me learn about the industry both locally and globally, whilst empowering me to complete my own workscopes and giving me offshore experience. It was this enthusiasm for my development coupled with the exciting nature of the industry and the benefits offered that led to me accepting a graduate engineering role with the company.

My Work with ConocoPhillips

During my first year with the company, I rotated around three different departments. The first and second were project teams overseeing the design, construction and commission of large and small-scale offshore projects. My third was in maintenance on an onshore terminal in Teesside, England. Alongside the rotations, I completed numerous training courses, attended conferences and exhibitions and took part in company-sponsored outreach programmes with local schools and colleges. Although a very busy year, it gave me a good spectrum of experience, from operations, shift working, life on and offshore and projects. I believe this strong foundation of knowledge along with the networks I have built will help me progress in my future career.

Career Development

Coming straight from University with limited knowledge and experience, I feel I have developed my technical knowledge, networking skills and business acumen to a point where I can provide meaningful input into processes I am involved in. I think this is probably the highest praise I can give to the ConocoPhillips Graduate Scheme. A highlight for me was the 12-week long ConocoPhillips ‘Engineering Academy’ course. he syllabus included teamwork challenges, presentations and knowledge sharing events and concluded with a two-week event at the company headquarters in Houston, Texas. This was a great opportunity to learn, network with other ConocoPhillips graduates and management from around the globe, travel and have fun.

The Future

As my career develops, I am looking to complete my chartership with the Institute of Engineering Technologies (IET). I am also hoping to go on a foreign assignment with the company at some point - an opportunity that drew me to working with a multinational corporation. Over the next few years I hope to continue expanding my knowledge about the oil and gas industry both within and outwith my own discipline, to gain further offshore experience to help develop the skills I learned at university.

 

 

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