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Process Engineer Summer Intern, BP

I was a summer intern for 11 weeks between my 3rd and 4th years at university. I worked within the downstream section of BP developing a process called the Fischer Tropsch to turn gas to liquid fuels such as diesel.

Process Safety Engineer, BP

When I graduated I joined BP on the graduate program as a Process Safety Engineer working within Angolan projects. I spent 18 months in this role, mainly office based in London.

Development Engineer, BP

I moved to Aberdeen and joined the concept development team working on various north sea projects. I also have the opportunity to spend 6 weeks offshore commissioning on the ETAP platform in the North Sea. I spent 8 months in this role.

Start-up Process Engineer, BP

I moved down to Edinburgh and worked on site at Grangemouth supporting commissioning and start-up of a new gas refrigeration plant. The plant refrigeration propane and butane allowing it to be stored as a liquid before loading on to cargo ships for transportation around the world. I spent 15 months in this role and was most useful in terms of site experience.

Process Engineer

I work on a pipeline project building new pipeline sections and compression stations in Georgia for a pipeline taking gas from Azerbaijan and delivering to Turkey. I split my time between working in the engineering team in the office in London and supporting site work and start-up at site in Georgia.

I am half Greek half English, born in Greece and currently living in the UK. I currently work as an engineer in the oil and gas industry and really enjoy my work. Outside of my job I really love cooking, cycling, travelling and sometimes a bit of running. 

English, Greek
Energy and utilities

Be confident and honest but appreciate that things wont be exactly as you want them straight away. A little patience at the start helps and you'll soon see things working out.

My Education
MEng Chemical Engineering
University College London
London, United Kingdom
Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Katharine Lady Berkeleys School

I liked my friends, most of my teachers and the school itself was nice. I didn't like the stress and pressure to achieve results for university.

More about me

Communication - I work with people from different countries and backgrounds so I have to be able to communicate what I want very carefully.
Confidence - this is something I've developed while working, important to be able to ask for help and support and to question work taking place.
Honesty/Openness - this allows people to trust you and work better with you.
Teamwork - rarely any of the work you do will be completed just by you, it all slots together into a bigger project.

I developed my skills through understanding what I liked seeing in people I looked up to and trying to take those skills on myself. I had training courses and a mentor but I think the most important thing is being self aware. I would also say being thrown in at the deep end helps you to learn faster and grow confidence more quickly than you would otherwise!

Everything from a florist to a pilot! I only decided on Chemical Engineering in year 12 after a head-start course at Birmingham University.

Nothing - I enjoy my work and the opportunities I have.

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