CDP Class of 2008 – 2010
University of Delaware
B.S. Chemical Engineering
I’m currently in my second assignment as a project engineer at the company’s Chandler, Arizona, air separation facility. There are about five projects I’ll be supporting, including installation of new storage tanks and a relocated air separation plant. For these projects, I’ll be interfacing with design engineers at company headquarters and local contractors and surveyors.
Looking out five or 10 years, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my degree. I’m still not sure I do. But the Career Development Program gives me the chance to try three different areas of my choice and gives me exposure to many different aspects of the business.
I just finished my first assignment as a Process Safety Engineer. It was my job to assess any potential risk to the community associated with new hydrogen pipeline installations. That meant conducting risk and consequence studies and working with technical experts to find ways to mitigate potential issues. Finally, I had to prove to a team of senior technical leaders why my recommendations should be incorporated into the project scope. I also had the chance to study the adaptability of new risk analysis software.
By the end of my assignment, I would say I had performed nearly 90 percent of the tasks a regular process safety engineer would perform. I was treated not as a temporary employee cycling through an assignment but as a co-worker with the ability to contribute.
In my second assignment as a Project Engineer, I am drawing upon the knowledge I learned in school and in my previous assignment to help oversee the engineering aspects of several complicated projects.
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