Rebecca – Process Engineer


Location: Aberdeen

Year joined in: 2013

Position joined as: Graduate Process Engineer

What is your degree in?

I have a MEng in Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering.

What is your role at Petrofac?

I’m the process engineer for the Anasuria FPSO. I work with the onshore operations team to provide assistance to the platform on the day-to-day running of the platform. 

Why did you choose Petrofac?

I started with Petrofac on their graduate programme. I chose Petrofac for several reasons but particularly due to the opportunity to work within different areas of the business. You’re given the opportunity to rotate every six months between different projects and departments to allow you to gauge the area of the business you would be most suited to. There is a structured training and development programme which is accredited by several Chartership bodies.

What kind of projects do you work on?

Throughout my time at Petrofac I’ve worked on several different projects as a result of the graduate rotations. I’ve spent time in the brownfield modifications department, the technical delivery team (which involves larger, more complex studies) and been part of an operations commissioning support team.

What skills do you need?

You need good problem solving skills, time management and organisational skills to be able to juggle the fast paced environment of an operational asset.

What is your average day like?

My day starts with the morning call to the platform where production/operational issues from the previous 24 hours are discussed. The main focus of the day is resolving the key issues identified in the morning call, in order to ensure safe and efficient continued operations.

I also work on larger studies and investigations into potential operational improvements or longer term production studies.    

What has been the highlight of your time at Petrofac?

The highlight of my time at Petrofac has been the tow away and subsequent start-up of FPF-1. Working as part of the team prior to start up was challenging and fast paced. The hard work of the entire team meant there was a huge sense of achievement when first hydrocarbons were introduced.

What training and support have you been given?

When you join the Petrofac graduate programme, you’re given a mentor and a buddy. The mentor has given me continual support for progression of my Chartership and movement throughout the business. Together with your mentor you drive your progression through the business, getting exposure to as many different areas as possible. The buddy system provides a graduate within the programme guidance and assistance on day-to-day issues.

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

I’ve had offshore trips to the Anasuria platform and spent time in the shipyard in Gdansk for the Ithaca FPF-1 conversion project. I’ve also travelled to various locations around the UK on technical training courses.