Interviewer: Why did you choose Petrofac's graduate scheme?
Charbel I found in Petrofac the opportunity that every ambitious graduate engineer was looking for, an exciting and fast growing career.
Interviewer: Tell us about your journey through Petrofac, your previous roles and new opportunities
Charbel I joined petrofac in 2008 as part of the completion department. I have worked on Dorood, Qatar, Ebla and Jihar projects, and currently I am working on the NGL 4 project in Abu Dhabi. My experience with Petrofac has been very rewarding over the last three years. I have had experience in construction and commissioning, and have been given the opportunity to prove and develop myself in each project through different roles and greater responsibilities.
Interviewer: Tell me about your role?
Charbel I am a part of the completion department, currently working with the NGL 4 commissioning team. My role involves the coordination of the pre-commissioning activities and the interface between construction and commissioning. It is very challenging, exciting but it needs a lot of energy, effort, focus and being proactive.
Interviewer: What challenges have you faced during your time to date with Petrofac?
Charbel With every new assignment I have faced new challenges, the most exciting and challenging has been the Ebla project where we had to deliver the project 3 months ahead of schedule. We worked very hard as a team to achieve this target, creating a record within Petrofac.
Interviewer: What are the key things you feel you have learned/areas you have developed to date?
Charbel The ability to deliver on time is a golden rule that I have learned and I think it is key to the success in our business.
I can say that I have learned a lot and grown tremendously by working with Petrofac's completion department, I have had exposure to the oil and gas industry that very few Engineers at our age receive.
Interviewer: What would you say has been your greatest achievement within Petrofac to date?
Charbel I think my greatest achievement was on the Jihar Project, where we took ownership of the N2 Leak Test of the plant without any subcontractor, only an N2 provider, and I was leading the team. It was a great achievement as we were able to complete the test within one month, which is a record in Petrofac. We saved a lot of time, manpower and money which was very well appreciated and recognised by management. I think this has been my proudest moment.
Interviewer: What has the graduate programme involved?
Charbel It involves the technical experience, training program and development interpersonal skills and leadership capabilities.
Interviewer: How has the graduate programme benefited you?
Charbel It has offered me many opportunities and provided me with the support and guidance necessary to choose my career path. I have received technical and personal development training which have helped me to achieve my development ambitions. The programme has been a great opportunity that very few graduate engineers are having in the oil and gas industry, especially in such a fast growing and ambitious Company.