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Participant Info

Company
Nexen
Location
Fort McMurray
Position
Chemical Engineering Intern
Work Term
May 2014 - Aug 2015
What are your daily responsibilities?
General monitoring of plant performance, discussing/troubleshooting issues with operators.
What were some projects you were involved in?
Troubleshooting and returning the Upgrader hydrocarbon flare to design operation, developing a tool to monitor and predict the lifespan of hydrocracker catalyst, redesign of process control system for an SRU natural gas heater, etc.
What were strong points of your interview? Did grades matter?
My knowledge of the company cultural values and demonstration of technical ability were important. Grades only matter to get the interview.
Which skill sets/courses were most relevant to your position?
Process design, fluid mechanics, process control, reaction engineering. Have to be able to do research and quickly understand unfamiliar systems.
What did your company expect from you as a 2nd/3rd year co-op student?
Willingness to learn, ask questions and be receptive to suggestions, work independently (minimal supervision) .
Did you like your overall PEY experience? Why or why not?
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I get to do highly technical work which is closely tied to my coursework. Also a lot of ppl trust my work which builds confidence as an engineer.
One fun fact about your job?
I don't pay rent 🙂
Salary Range
$36-38/hr
Other Comments
I only work 4 day weeks 🙂