Festus

Control Systems Engineering

"Since joining KBR, I have been exposed to the use of modern design tools, techniques and application of best engineering practices"

Studied: MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering at Manchester University

The increasing role that Control Systems Engineers plays in global oil and gas development was the motivation for me to study MSc in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Manchester. During my studies, I was looking for a graduate position that could offer me the opportunity to contribute my skills and knowledge in the oil and gas industry.

I learnt about KBR at the 2012 Engineering and Technology careers fair in Manchester during which I had the privilege to interact with some of the senior management. After conducting further research, I found that KBR is just the organisation apt for achieving my career goal.

Since joining KBR, I have been exposed to the use of modern design tools, techniques and application of best engineering practices which involve the study, design and specification of Instrumentation and Integrated Control and Safety Systems. Having passed through the KBR Process and Control Engineering training school, I was mobilised straight into Shah Deniz II project, which is a 16 billion cubic meters per year (bcma) gas development in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea during its FEED phase. In this role, I was responsible for co-ordinating field instruments engineering inputs to Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams development and instruments tag numbering with the multi-location engineering execution centres in Singapore and Jakarta. When the project moved into the Detailed Engineering phase, I worked on the specification of Actuated Valves and was involved in Factory Acceptance Tests at vendors’ sites in Italy.

The training opportunities I have been exposed to in KBR have been very rewarding, in the areas of engineering design, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. I held the position of Secretary and Communications Lead for IMPACT, a leadership and development group for KBR professionals with 0-7 years of industry experience. Through KBR, I became a STEM Ambassador and have actively participated in promoting Engineering amongst secondary school students across Surrey and Berkshire region of England.

I am currently working as the Package Responsible Engineer for the Level Transmitters/Gauges and Flow Instruments on the Johan Sverdrup LQ Platform project which is an oil discovery in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. These experiences have positioned me on the right path towards achieving my goals with the potential of obtaining Chattered Engineer status, having been supported in joining the IET as a full member.