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Participant Info

Company
Shell Canada
Location
Calgary, Alberta
Position
Completion Engineering Intern
Work Term
May 2011 - August 2011
What are your daily responsibilities?
The position was project-based so I was not involved directly in the day-to-day activities of the Completion department which focuses on getting oil wells ready for production after they are drilled (i.e. coordinating tubing work, equipment sizing, organizing enhanced oil recovery, etc.). However, my project was in support of the long term strategy of the department (see below). Typical day for me was 7 hours in front of a computer working on a database and communicating with the Completion and the Production departments for oil well data.
What were some projects you were involved in?
The whole 4 months I was expected to work on one project prepared by my manager. It involved consolidating oil well data from multiple sources and creating a database that can be used to analyse the mean life time of downhole equipment such as tubing and pumps. Needed to involve the Production department to provide data on relevant variables such as water cut, H2S, CO2, and sand. Based on the findings they can plan an appropriate preventative maintenance schedule depending on cost-benefit. A final report and presentation was expected at the end of the internship where you were evaluated.
What were strong points of your interview? Did grades matter?
The interview was one long (~2.5 hour) phone interview which was very structured; the engineer on the other end was reading from a set of questionnaires prepared by HR. The questions were categorized under 'CAR': Capacity, Achievement, Relationship. Almost exclusively situational/behavioural and no technical questions. Grades only matter below a certain cut-off point (don't remember what).
Which skill sets/courses were most relevant to your position?
Statistics for my particular case. Everything else about upstream oil you had to learn as you go. No formal training.
What did your company expect from you as a 2nd/3rd year co-op student?
They expected their interns to complete one project and deliver reports and one final presentation at the end of the work term. Their internship performances were evaluated based on these. In terms of technical knowledge you can have 0 background in upstream oil and you'd still be fine. It's a learning experience.
Did you like your overall PEY experience? Why or why not?
Very positive experience; great people and great work-life balance (e.g. 3 flex days in a month where you can choose not to come to work). However, the day-to-day work itself was rather dull and your in-work experience will 100% depend on what project your manager gives you. One thing to note is HR is responsible in the hiring process and assigning you to a department so it's not uncommon for some managers to be unprepared with a well thought-out project.
One fun fact about your job?
Stampede week is party week; jeans and cowboy boots all week, free breakfast/lunch, paid day off to go to Stampede grounds. Fun times.
Salary Range
48 - 55k
Other Comments
Would recommend.