It has been just over a month since I began my summer internship at Theon. I was looking to develop my knowledge and skills in engineering that I gained at university as well as gain valuable insight into the oil and gas industry.
It did not take me long to settle in a new environment. Theon’s environment made it easy to settle in – there is a good balance of a friendly but professional culture here. Within the first few weeks, there was a social event where a group of us went to a golfing range for the weekend and during the weekday at lunch, the Directors provided an interesting and insightful talk on the oil and gas industry.
I was immediately given work to do on a big project. I was assigned the role of a junior process engineer and began working on creating Process Flow Diagrams and Utility Flow Diagrams. It was motivational and exciting to know that the diagrams I created were sent to a high-profile client to be reviewed. I learned to adapt and be prepared to change the design which meant constant updates to the PFDs which had to be done immediately. With the guidance and supervision of senior process engineers who are experts in their field, I was able to confidently produce PFDs & UFDs to send off to the client for review.
The group of engineers I was working with on this project consisted of a multi-disciplinary team – from mechanical, process and safety, with a range of experience, from interns and graduates to senior engineers that are well respected and experts in their field. I learned to communicate well with others and understand how a multi-disciplinary team comes together to produce a design tailored to what the client needs. One example where I witnessed a group of engineers work together was a HAZID review. I was fortunate enough to observe a group of experts in disciplines such as process, mechanical, structural, subsea and safety, carry out a HAZID review for the project I was working on. A HAZID review is a fundamental part of a design project it is a qualitative technique that highlights potential hazards early on in a project’s life – (Pre-FEED stage). My only prior encounter with HAZID was just a brief revision of it for my process safety course at University, and being able to observe this allows me to expand my knowledge on this topic and see it applied in industry which is a valuable experience for the start of my career as an engineer.
Although I am doing a summer internship, the time I have spent at Theon has been invaluable to myself as I am currently an undergraduate and working at Theon has provided solid foundations for my career as an engineer. Additionally, working at Theon has enabled me to build on my skills and apply the theory that I have learned at University into practices. I have also gained a key insight into how an engineering consultancy operates specifically in the oil and gas industry. Working alongside expert engineers on a project for a high-profile client has allowed me to develop professional skills and grow as both an engineer and a person as well as finally allowing me to confidently put my foot through the door into the world of an engineer in industry.
Junior Process Engineer