Jake Kerr

Associate Technical Professional

"In my final year at university I heard about KBR through their running of my master’s electrical group project, which was based on the electrical system for a gas rig in the North Sea."

In my final year at university I heard about KBR through their running of my master’s electrical group project, which was based on the electrical system for a gas rig in the North Sea. The project was the favourite part of my degree and because it was so interesting I applied for the KBR electrical graduate scheme. I thought I could use the opportunities the graduate scheme offers to further enhance my skills and knowledge in the oil and gas industry while doing work I find interesting and enjoy.

Through working for KBR on the Azeri Central East (ACE) project (which is based in Azerbaijan), I have learned about what different parts makes up an offshore rig’s electrical system and how they work to provide a reliable and safe system. Also I have been learning about the work process for this part of the project and what work is needing to be done by certain deadlines to progress the project and ensure things aren’t delayed.

I have also learned about how the different disciplines work together to solve problems and help with each other’s deliverables through emails and face-to-face interaction to produce a solution that satisfies everyone. Also, working together in meetings with the client and suppliers to ensure the product is one that meets everyone’s requirements.

Recently we (graduates) were taken on a trip to Stord, Norway to learn about the Johan Sverdrup project and were able to look around an accommodation module soon to be part of an offshore rig. On the trip I learned about how even on the living quarter’s module there is a lot of important equipment such as emergency generators that would be needed to ensure the rig is always working safely. As well as that we visited the helipad, gym, canteen and plenty of other rooms I didn’t expect to find, which helped me to understand what living on a rig would be like.

Other opportunities to go abroad are available such visiting sites, taking part in Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) as well as working on site or in an office abroad through projects in lots of different countries.