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"Our individual professional development is something that KBR pushes for..."
My decision to join KBR was due to their excellent track record of developing graduates and the opportunity to work alongside and learn from experts in the oil and gas industry. I was impressed by the company at the graduate assessment day where we got to meet senior managers and Process Safety Engineers who had progressed through the graduate scheme.
As part of my MSc dissertation in Process Safety and Loss Prevention, I was supported by KBR to complete it within its offices. I was given access to research projects that KBR had completed which gave a unique insight into the industry. Senior engineers from various disciplines were really approachable and didn’t hesitate to give their advice, ideas and recommendations towards improving my dissertation and surely helped me achieve a credible grade. After my dissertation was complete, I enrolled directly into the graduate scheme and to my first project.
The graduate scheme is geared towards encouraging graduates to think independently and ultimately providing them with the necessary tools to achieve Chartered Status. Our individual professional development is something that KBR pushes for and I have regular meetings with my iChemE mentor to discuss development actions and review opportunities.
In addition "IMPACT", a network for young employees is aimed at professional and personal development which is something I have found useful and enjoyable. I have also taken advantage of "KBR University" and I have been able to undertake training that has and will continue to be very beneficial to my future as a Process Safety Engineer.
My role as Associate Technical Process Safety Engineer means working alongside various engineering disciplines to ensure designs are drawn up in the safest manner. My main duties involve managing risk, which can either involve removing or lessening a risk to an acceptable level. On a day-to-day basis I cover major process safety issues which affect industries today, this means understanding current safety regulations. There are certain indispensable features and support tools which help me with my day-to-day role such as using HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study) and LOPA (Layer of Protections Analysis) amongst others. My role is both exciting and challenging and from one day to the next I can be assigned very different tasks.
I have so far been involved in the FEED design of an FLNG vessel to be moored in Mozambique. As FLNG is a relatively new concept and there are many safety challenges to overcome, which has been an exciting challenge.