Charles Kelman Jnr
– Mechanical Engineer
– University of Aberdeen
Charles Kelman Jnr
In 2006 I worked as a summer student with ConocoPhillips on the Britannia Satellites Development Project, Phase 1 with the hook-up and commissioning team who were based in the main design contractor’s office in Aberdeen. The project was for the development of two new small fields tied back to the main processing platform Britannia via a new Bridge Linked Platform (BLP). I visited the fabrication site at Hartlepool where the main integrated deck was being fabricated and I assisted in the preparation of the commissioning procedures of the mono ethylene glycol (MEG) module. After the installation was complete, I was given the opportunity to visit the project offshore.
The placement was exciting. I felt that I was given the responsibility of a real engineer and learned a lot about how a high profile capital project operated. I also attended many social events, which helped me to get to know the other summer students and other early career employees.
My work with ConocoPhillips
In my first year, I completed four quarterly placements working in different departments to learn more about the company and to begin determining my career opportunities and I was very fortunate that one of my placements was in the company’s Norway office.
Following these placements, I spent 18 months as a package engineer seconded into the mechanical group at our engineering design contractor’s office in Aberdeen. I was involved in several projects, but had sole responsibility for specifying and the procurement of a potable water UV treatment unit; a corrosion inhibitor injection pump package and also the replacement of vessel internals. I also wrote several study reports which looked at various location points for installing exhaust stack sampling points.
Following on from this, I wanted to gain more practical, hands-on experience to broaden my engineering knowledge and skills and I got the opportunity to join the commissioning team as a mechanical engineer on the Brownfield phase of the Jasmine project. Here I was responsible for overseeing mechanical discipline technicians onshore and offshore in executing pre-commissioning, dynamic commissioning activities and leak testing.
I currently hold the role of a system responsible engineer on the Jasmine project. This multidiscipline role has allowed me to diversify from mechanical engineering and has given me exposure to what instrumentation and electrical disciplines do in achieving successful start-up on new plant. This is helping me to develop into an all-round multidiscipline engineer, which hopefully will assist me in the future.
Life at ConocoPhillips
I really enjoy working for ConocoPhillips and have been lucky enough to have had a number of very responsible roles. I have now worked on some real value adding projects and contribute to helping the business unit achieve its yearly goals. As well as the wide number of opportunities available to early career professionals within ConocoPhillips, there is also a good social network.
I am currently very happy in my role with the Jasmine commissioning team, which is currently one of the largest projects in the company’s portfolio. When the project completes at the end of this year, I will move into the modifications group as a project engineer where I will continue to build my reputation within the company as a competent engineer with a drive to get work done on schedule and within budget. I am currently enrolled in the IMechE e-mpds scheme and my goal over the next year is to become a chartered engineer.