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Participant Info

Fort Mcmurray
Process Safety Engineering Co-op Student
Work Term
Sept 2014-Aug 2015
What are your daily responsibilities?
Highly involved with: -HAZOP Studies -MOC Audits -Turnaround Audits -Hysys Simulations for PSV relief systems -PSM Analysis -MIH/PSV database restructuring.
What were some projects you were involved in?
-Long Lake HAZOP Revalidation project -Turnaround 2015 -MIH Registry Database Revalidation -Relief valve database restructuring
What were strong points of your interview? Did grades matter?
-Grades did matter a bit during the interview shortlisting phase. -But once you get an interview, grades don't matter. It's all based on your work experience/group projects. -I went into a lot of detail when asked about my past internships. As a result I spent the majority of my interview talking on a subject I was familiar with. This reduced the number of stray/catchy questions that they could have asked me.
Which skill sets/courses were most relevant to your position?
-I worked in the oil industry for 2 summer terms. This was a definite advantage. -My position requires a bit of experience because for HAZOP studies, there is a lot of interaction with more experienced engineers. In order to impress them, you have to do a lot of research on the system being investigated and try to identify possible high risk scenarios. -Good communication skills are vital to this position.
What did your company expect from you as a 2nd/3rd year co-op student?
-Strong Chemical Engineering fundamentals (thermodynamics)(Process Design)
Did you like your overall PEY experience? Why or why not?
Yes. it is an amazing learning experience as I was able to understand how the oil industry functions (oil sands in particular).
One fun fact about your job?
I get to meet tons of people from different departments. Hence I make loads of friends/connections.
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