The work I did was very interesting and was centred around finding the most (and least) efficient units on the North West Shelf Gas Plant in terms of fuel gas consumption per product produced. This was followed by assessing where fuel gas was being unnecessarily consumed and proposing solutions to reduce that consumption.
What was unexpected about the work was that I was stationed in the Perth office, while my line manager and graduate buddy were onsite in Karratha and all the work I did was related to the Karratha Gas Plant (KGP).
What this taught me was how to work independently and autonomously and be accountable to my own deadlines. I had to efficiently make use of my line manager’s precious time during phone calls. I got to work with the staff at the head office; they were all friendly and helpful and this gave me the opportunity to source my own contacts within the company.
During the vacation program, I also made two trips to the site – spending almost two weeks at KGP where I had firsthand experience of how the facility is run and had the chance to present my findings to the people who would best be able to use them.
I had several lasting impressions from my fieldwork with Woodside:
- Woodside’s focus on safety in daily operations (both at KGP and head office) impressed me and made me feel safe while working.
- The people working within the company were extremely friendly and helpful, which made doing my work very pleasant. The people who helped me were also extremely capable and experienced, and taught me a lot that I was able to take back to university for my final year.
- The desire of the people coordinating the vacation program to show me career progression options and help me grow as an engineer also made me feel welcome and valued.
Tell us more about your newly acquired permanent position at Woodside.
I recently accepted a position as a graduate safety and risk engineer at Woodside and began working for the company in February 2016. At Woodside, safety and risk engineers are sourced from all disciplines of engineering and are responsible for in-depth consideration of safety during the entire life-cycle of Woodside’s assets.