Graduate profiles

Conor MaloneConor Malone, process engineer, FBU technical development, GlaxoSmithKline, Scotland, UK

I spent my university sandwich year at GlaxoSmithKline, which went well and I was offered a job in the company’s technical development team at Irvine and a final year sponsorship to get a position afterwards. However, before signing the contract I made sure I knew all the options. I attended various graduate events and approached companies I was interested in to get a better understanding of the market for graduates, what companies were offering and what options I had. All of the companies I spoke to explained how they offered flexible and extensive graduate training schemes with numerous opportunities. However, I did not think any of them could match GSK’s ACTS; the accredited process engineering technical competency framework. In the end, it was knowing that this framework would lay a path to fast-track my development and hence Chartered status that helped me decide to take up GSK’s offer.

Since rejoining the company, I initially worked on implementing and designing plant improvements, troubleshooting plant issues as well as commissioning of control systems and plant equipment. I have since been assigned to support one of GSK’s antibiotic biochemical processes and recently began a shared service role which supports technical improvement projects across the global manufacture and supply network. Whilst GSK facilitates central training courses aimed at developing leadership styles and personal skills, it is the relationship between the individual sites and IChemE that really drives professional development as a chemical engineer. I cite the combination of mentoring from senior process engineers, external specialist training, monthly tutorials and challenging technical discussions. In other words, the learning opportunities we are given are diverse and interesting.

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Catherine Harrington, PROCOM Consultants, Queensland, Australia

I started with BP Bulwer Island Refinery when I graduated over six years ago. Since then I have moved from business development to BP Australia and New Zealand supply and trading business in Melbourne, where I got to buy crude and ship products around Australia. It helps to understand both sides of a refinery’s supply chain! I then spent three and half years as the process engineer for the catalytic reformer on at the Bulwer Island site. I really enjoyed being able to have direct impact on the performance of the asset and focus on the technical aspects of my Chartered Member application requirements.

Courses throughout Australia, the US and the UK let me see other parts of the business and make contacts. BP Bulwer Island Refinery’s training scheme became accredited by IChemE two years ago. This, with the additional support we are now receiving at work due to the relationship with IChemE, means the most straightforward route for me to achieve Chartered Member was mapped out. I submitted my application for Chartered Chemical Engineer and have achieved it by the end of 2011. 

I recently decided to extend my career experience and have changed to work in an engineering design consultancy; PROCOM Consultants, which works in oil, gas and alternative energy projects throughout Australia and internationally. It is exciting to be involved in some of the many coal seam gas projects happening in Queensland currently.

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Mark Rogers, process engineer, Sellafield Ltd, Warrington, UK

I graduated with a BEng in chemical engineering from Leeds in 2004 and joined the elements trainee scheme at Sellafield. I have worked in various areas over the first two years including plant operations, operations support to design, procurement and design office work. Following this I worked full-time as a process design engineer for about two years on a project to design encapsulation plant for legacy wastes. 

I was able to use this design office experience to demonstrate that I had the required level of knowledge for Chartered Member in a technical report focused on further learning. Working on specific problems quickly led to an improvement in my depth and breadth of chemical engineering knowledge, particularly in the nuclear industry where the focus is often less on distillation columns and more on filters. Industrial experience in a high hazard industry was also useful in demonstrating growth in professional values such as concern for safe working and safe design, and an awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the business. 

Having gained varied experience at Sellafield Ltd for a little over four years I applied to get Chartered in 2010 and was successful.

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SubramaniamSubramaniam Krishnamoorthy, process engineer, Jacobs Engineering India Private Limited, India

Subramaniam graduated from Anna University in Chennai in 2006 as a chemical engineer and after that he undertook a master course on chemical engineering finishing in 2008. He’s spent the last 3 years working for Foster Wheeler India Private Limited as a process engineer and it was his employer who recommended him to join IChemE: 

“I would definitely recommend my colleagues to become a member of IChemE and also to apply to get Chartered. I have done it already and some of them are very keen on it. There is a lot of useful information available on IChemE’s website, which is useful for both academic and industrial purposes; there are lot of archive journals and articles. I think the best of them is BP's process safety series. I also find a great benefit having access to the online Knovel library”. 

Subramaniam recently moved on to another company to continue his professional development and is now working for Jacobs Engineering India Private Limited as a process engineer.
“I appreciate the crucial role IChemE plays in connecting professionals from various countries via networking. My future plans are to become a Chartered Member of IChemE”.

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Chris BoneChris Bone, process engineer, Sellafield, UK

I completed an industrial placement year at Sellafield in 2002 as part of my chemical engineering studies at Loughborough University, UK. I worked in the manufacturing support team for the highly-active liquor evaporation and storage (HALES) plant which processes highly active waste from the Sellafield reprocessing plants. There, I was monitoring the plant worked on performance improvement whilst applying chemical engineering fundamentals to problems such as cooling jacket heat transfer and agitation models. 

After completing my MEng I returned to Sellafield in 2005 and went back to HALES, this time providing frontline support to the operations teams. My responsibilities included ensuring the evaporator worked at maximum throughput by identifying plant defects and suggesting improvements by changing operating methods. 

In 2008, I moved into a coordination role, which means I'm responsible for the prioritisation and planning of work activities on plant. As a result I've changed the work management process in HALES and improved interaction with upstream and downstream plants in order to reduce lost production time across the site. 

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Mohd Arif Bin MokhseinMohd Arif Bin Mokhsein, process engineer, ExxonMobil, Malaysia

I first heard about IChemE when I joined the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus undergraduate course back in 2006; during my first year, there was an introductory seminar on IChemE and the decision to join an established global chemical engineering institution seemed to make sense to keep myself up-to-date and informed of the chemical engineering world. 

My first working experience in the chemical engineering field was as an intern with Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB). It was during the summer break of my second year (June 2008 – September 2008) with the HSE Department. The exposure at Shell taught me the qualities needed to be a competent engineer and it gave me the opportunity to work on real engineering problems. 

Once I have completed my MEng studies in chemical engineering with environmental engineering, I chose to work in the oil and gas downstream sector with ExxonMobil at Port Dickson refinery as a process engineer, to develop my technical knowledge in process design and get first-hand experience in working at a hydro-skimming refinery. 

My long term plan to get Chartered was a major factor in influencing me to change my course planning from BEng to MEng. The biggest appeal to me is in getting an internationally recognised qualification and the subsequent recognition of my professional experience in the field of chemical engineering. 

If you are looking to establish yourself as a professional engineer within your industry, being a Chartered Chemical Engineer will help get you there.

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Daniel VizeDaniel Vize, process engineer, Shell, The Netherlands

I have had the opportunity to pursue qualification with IChemE as a Chartered Chemical Engineer. Having graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a masters in pure chemistry (MChem), I have since completed four out of six years training to work towards Chartered status. 

As a participant in Shell’s IChemE accredited graduate training scheme, I have rotated into three different groups in the first four years, gained valuable experience in offshore and onshore gas processing and worked in varying stages of the project lifecycle. I am currently working on several projects in the Dutch offshore sector. 

In addition to the benefits of in-depth technical training, another big advantage of working for an international company is the opportunity to network on a global scale. Building a support network of professionals with such different experiences has been invaluable. 

Gaining Chartered status is important for me professionally as it will provide me with an internationally recognised qualification and will further enable me to work in different places worldwide.

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Talib KindiTalib Kindi, process engineer, Petroleum Development of Oman, Oman

I am currently working as a concept process engineer with Petroleum Development of Oman. I am looking after the water flood project at the Amin field development, which involves construction of a standalone station to cater for the water injection facilities. This will cost around $197m and create a station that can handle peak water injection rates of 80,000 m3/day. 

I joined the IChemE accredited Engineers Monitored Professional Development Scheme (EMPDS) in 2007. I like the scheme because it helps me to derive the maximum benefit from my work-site experience whilst contributing to the business, and defines an environment for structured development with experienced mentors. My challenge is to make full use of the scheme and continue to maintain the standards as an example for my colleagues who will follow in my footsteps. 

Chartered Member of IChemE is an important goal for me because it is a gold standard demonstrating professional competence and commitment within chemical engineering. 

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