04 Sep Project Engineer – Harry Mason
Role title: Project Engineer / Mechanical Undergraduate Intern
Organisation: Penspen Ltd.
Course studying: Mechanical Engineering (MEng)
Year of graduation: 2018
Why I loved working here…
I have been able to get involved with a wide-variety of Pre-FEED, FEED and Detailed Design Projects, assisting project teams with pipeline projects across the globe. As a Project Engineer, my role has enabled me to encounter all aspects of large oil and gas pipeline projects, from Mechanical, Pipeline and Process Engineering to Document Control, Cost Control and even Project Management.
My responsibilities included producing project drawings/documents, communicating with clients through emails and in person, cost control, document control, quality control and project management. I have been able to assist many disciplines throughout my placement, but mainly focusing on Mechanical and Process Engineering. As part of the Mechanical Engineering Team, I focused on much more detailed work, utilizing my technical experience from university, producing Calculations, Material Specifications, Datasheets, Codes/Standards work and also extensive work with Stress Analysis (CAESAR software).
My best experience/greatest achievement…
For one of my assigned projects I was very fortunate to travel out to Ghana to complete a data gathering exercise. The trip lasted two weeks and it provided me with an unbelievable experience and insight into project start-up and client/stakeholder engagement (including pipeline routing and environmental assessment).
What I’ve learned…
I have developed a good understanding of how large scale FEED projects are planned, carried out, and managed. I have practiced multi-discipline communication and involvement in the design stage, as well as developed my technical ability in Mechanical/Process Engineering. Within the Oil & Gas Industry, I now carry a high competency level in producing and reading pipeline design documents/drawings and the quality control/safety aspects that accompany them (compliance with worldwide industry codes and standards).
My advice to other students wanting to work in this industry/sector…
Throughout my placement I have learned how an Engineering Project Office and On-site Project Team function, with a deeper understanding of how to take on responsibilities for key parts of the design. I would highly recommend a Placement to any student looking to understand how the technical work you are studying at university will be applied in the ‘real world’.