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Jonathan Upton

“I know that the opportunities available at Air Products will be more than enough to help me reach my goal of becoming a registered Chartered Chemical Engineer with the IChemE within five years of graduation.”

Jonathan Upton
European Graduate Programme



The story so far
I’ve had involvement with a very wide range of projects. Principally I’ve been involved with Packaged Gases vehicles but also on other projects, including one related to the two Air Products “Hydras” used to deliver high pressure hydrogen to customers across Europe.

The culture
Air Products has a great culture. Everyone is incredibly supportive and knowledgeable and even as a graduate you are treated with respect and given real project responsibility.

Career inspiration
One of my main goals in the mid-term future is to become a Chartered Chemical Engineer with the IChemE within five years of graduating. For this to occur, I need to experience various different aspects of working in industry. All of these necessary experiences are driving the work that I’m doing now, and also the work that I will do in future assignments.

Making an impact
In my first few weeks at Air Products a request came in from the Packaged Gases distribution team in Spain to have their new vehicles covered instead of being open as is the usual practice. The team in Spain wanted to know what ventilation requirements would be required. This project was placed solely on my shoulders and has lasted for most of my first assignment. Ultimately recommendations were made and accepted by the team in Spain and they could begin to use these vehicles safe in the knowledge that they were not creating any additional risk to their drivers or members of the public.

Most memorable moment
Being “let loose” on the 500 bar bulk hydrogen trailer (the “Hydra”) at Transport for London (TfL) on the hottest day of the year in fire resistant overalls. Under supervision I managed to successfully transfer about 50 kg of hydrogen to the onsite TfL storage without anything going wrong. This allowed TfL to continue running their fleet of hydrogen-fuelled buses around London for several more days.

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