Antoine - Principal Engineer, Construction

Position: Principal Engineer, Construction

Location: Lower Fars project, Kuwait

Year joined in: 2010

Position joined as: IT administrator


Can you tell us about your job?

I’m a Principal Engineer in construction and have been involved in many of Petrofac’s projects across the Middle East over the last seven years. My role is to ensure that we are delivering in a timely manner and satisfying our clients. Every day brings new challenges and my focus is on tackling these to get the job done.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

My father is an engineer. Growing up I noticed that he had a systematic and fundamental way of solving day-to-day problems. He inspired me to become an engineer and I have followed his philosophy and way of thinking.

What excites you about the work you are doing now?

I love that no two days are ever alike! Routine just isn’t a possibility in the life of an engineer in the field. It excites me to know that each day I will be facing new challenges and experiences.

Tell us about your journey through Petrofac.

I began my career with Petrofac as a project based IT administrator in Qatar. After a year I was given the opportunity to transition to a telecom engineer role, which I held for four years. I was then able to expand my knowledge in the instrumentation field and moved on to become an instrumentation engineer in construction and commissioning at the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project in Oman.

My recent mobilisation has allowed me to join the Lower Fars Heavy Oil project in Kuwait, where I am supporting the construction team with telecommunications and instrumentation. 

What has been the highlight of your time at Petrofac?

I’ve been lucky to have worked in many different countries, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. The relationships made and bonds formed with colleagues has been the main highlight of my career at Petrofac to date.

How has Petrofac supported your ongoing development?

Petrofac has consistently provided me with development opportunities. I’ve attended a number of tailored courses which have enabled me to continue to develop my capabilities as an engineer and perform effectively in the field.  

My personal development plan has given me exposure to a number of disciplines. It led to me being enrolled on an instrumentation course which was very rewarding and helped shape my career to become a principal engineer in construction.

But it’s not only through formal training and courses that I’ve been able to grow at Petrofac. I learn new things daily and my mentors and managers are always encouraging my development through new experiences and by delegating challenging responsibilities.

What has been your key learning at Petrofac?

One of the key things I’ve learned during my time with Petrofac is the fundamental process of problem solving without ever compromising on quality and safety. Teamwork is key to the success of our projects and I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great teams here, which has helped shape my skills as an engineer.

What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?

My focus is on continuing to grow with the organisation and I hope to get the chance to lead our engineers on significant future projects.

What advice would you give someone thinking about a career in engineering at Petrofac?

Don’t think twice about it! Petrofac provides an amazing environment and the opportunity to learn, grow and develop a career in engineering.

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