Basma - Graduate Electrical Engineer

Location: Sharjah

Year joined in: 2014

What is your degree in?

I graduated from Sohar College of Applied Sciences in Oman with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.

What is your role at Petrofac?

I am part of The Petrofac Academy’s graduate training programme and have been on assignment in our Engineering & Production Services business unit. I’m working with Petrofac’s asset performance management consultancy, Plant Asset Management.

Why did you choose Petrofac?

Just as organisations get to select the candidates they want to have working for them, I also wanted to choose. I wanted to work for a company that will give me opportunities to grow and challenge myself. So, after undertaking some initial research, Petrofac was my first choice of employer. Happily, I received an employment offer in 2014 and, voila, here I am; a completely new city and among totally new people.

This is the first time I have experienced so many different cultures, nationalities and languages all under one roof. I have quickly settled in to become part of the Petrofac culture, making new friends who are inspiring and encouraging every step of the way. As an electrical engineer, I also believe Petrofac is one of the best organisations around to develop my skills in this regard.

What I’ve realised however is that around here, we don’t look behind, we look forward, constantly opening new doors and challenging ourselves to achieve great things.

What kind of projects do you work on?

I’ve been working on the Khazzan project which Petrofac is executing for BP; as part of a team preparing a number of key technical documents that will support the construction activities.

What skills do you need?

As a recently qualified graduate entering the corporate world, countless skills are needed - but that is part of the fun.

The ability to learn and grasp new methodologies and technology is very important as is good time management. An aptitude for problem solving is essential given engineering is all about finding solutions, as are strong teamwork skills. Equally, ownership is a facet all engineers need to have; it means within the team we can each take responsibility for our actions and collectively come together to work through challenges and offer answers. However, you are never on your own and that is crucial to remember; it is a very supportive environment.

What does your average day entail?

We have a daily activity target so accomplishing a particular task is my main priority for any given day. Typically, this will involve team meetings, document reviews and interfacing with other departments. It’s always very busy and time seems to fly by incredibly quickly.

I’m also a member of Petrofac’s Toastmasters Club. This presents a great opportunity for me to improve my English speaking abilities and presentation skills and I want to use those skills to help develop and motivate the younger generation in Oman. That’s very important to me.

What training and support have you been given?

The Petrofac Academy provides a structured curriculum, including soft skills development and technical training.

For the soft skills, we’ve received training and familiarisation courses covering areas such as time management, communication skills, introduction to the oil, gas and petroleum industry, project management, HSSE, site visits and business awareness. The technical training has focused on areas such as specific engineering disciplines and phases, project start up, planning and scheduling. It is very absorbing and interesting.

Are there any travel opportunities? If so, where to?

Mobility is actively encouraged in the business so, absolutely. Depending on what you are working on, it may be to a project location, one of our other Petrofac offices or a client meeting.

What advice would you give to any new graduates who are looking to join the Company?

Every single achievement you make, every single life you change and every single skill you acquire brings you one step closer to becoming a better leader. Every day you can improve the leader in you to become a better person and a greater leader. That is the sort of environment you can expect to have working with Petrofac.