Matt

Mechanical Engineer

"I appreciate the responsibility given to me by senior colleagues at work. This is the best way of learning something new and developing as an engineer, and while at times it pushes you, there is always support available should you need it."

I chose to apply for a graduate mechanical role at KBR as it offered me the chance to learn about the design of Oil & Gas plants in a friendly environment. The stand-out feature of KBR was the graduate network, and the location near to London.

The best part of the graduate scheme for me is IMPACT, KBR’s graduate network. Run by other graduates, IMPACT is organised into three broad areas; Leadership and Development, Charity, and Socials and Networking. Throughout the year, the Leadership and Development team organises educative events such as lunch and learns, site visits, and talks from senior members of the company. The Charity team organises a range of fundraising and awareness activities, and the Socials and Networking team organises out-of-office events to help you meet your fellow graduates. Plenty of graduates are happy to attend IMPACT events, but others decide to run for positions on the board themselves, with elections held every January.

I appreciate the responsibility given to me by senior colleagues at work. This is the best way of learning something new and developing as an engineer, and while at times it pushes you, there is always support available should you need it.

The organisation of KBR is beneficial here; while you work on a project team, and are given work by your project, you still have the knowledge of the Mechanical Team as a whole to revert back to if needed.

My role is to act as an equipment engineer, acting as the responsible engineer and focal point for a certain piece of equipment. Most recently this has been for Gas Turbine Generators, which involves me working particularly closely with the Electrical team. Previously I have worked on Pumps and Pressure Vessels, which require more interaction with the Process department. Working at KBR as a Mechanical Engineer is particularly interesting because you have to interface with a lot of other disciplines, leading to you meeting a wide range of people and picking up a good working knowledge of the whole facility.

I have predominately worked on offshore Oil and Gas projects, though most recently I have been working on an on-shore gas project to be built in Iraq. In terms of offshore work, I began on a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) project on a small offshore jacket in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Since then I have worked on several FEED and concept-stage Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) projects.