Nilushan

Electrical Systems

"I also enjoyed the internal and external training opportunities provided by the graduate scheme."

KBR provides excellent development opportunities in the early stage of your career as part of the IET accredited graduate scheme. The scheme provides the perfect platform to obtain chartered engineer status.

As part of the graduate scheme, I was assigned to a project controls team to gain overall project experience. I enjoyed the level of responsibility given to me where I had to interact with Client and lead engineers to fulfill my responsibility from day one.

I also enjoyed the internal and external training opportunities provided by the graduate scheme. The internal training includes online courses and tutorial sessions with in-house senior electrical engineers. The practical aspect of a design is provided through external factory visits. The training courses are not only technically orientated but also provide non-technical training. i.e. understanding self & others, presentation skills, team building and management training etc.

I have been exposed to different types of projects within my three years at KBR (Conceptual, Front End Engineering Design - FEED, Engineering, Procurement and Construction - EPC) and have held the responsibilities of designing and engineering large electrical packages and witnessed the factory acceptance tests. It was not possible to take full responsibility without the continuous support from the senior engineers as required and it has been instrumental in my career development.

At present I am managing two electrical packages (HV switchgear and Uninterruptable power supplies) for two offshore platforms that will be built in Azerbaijan. Managing mainly includes developing the design to a level where purchase orders can be placed, review supplier bids, approve supplier design, factory visits etc.

In terms of experience, initially I worked with a project controls team in an onshore gas processing terminal project in Egypt to gain overall understanding of a project. Once I gained the overall experience, I joined the proposals team, providing Electrical input to prospective projects ranging from Conceptual, FEED and EPC.

I worked as an electrical systems study engineer for a North Sea offshore platform in the Conceptual stage, before working as an electrical engineer for High Voltage Direct Current Hub Platform project in the FEED stage, off the Shetland Islands.

IMPACT London is a professional development group within KBR with 300+ members with 0-7 years of industry experience and the group provides different activities ranging from supporting local charities, STEM activities to promote engineering and science among school children, lunch & learn sessions, networking events, organising Christmas balls and facilitating site visits. I became the business events lead in 2011 and held the deputy chair position of IMPACT London in the following year. During my term I have interacted with the upper management and networked with colleagues from different disciplines.

I represent the KBR cricket team and play during the summer for a league supporting disable people and also play badminton at the local leisure centre which organised by Club KBR. Club KBR facilitates leisure activities for all the staff at both offices. I have also represented KBR at graduate fairs and school visits.