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Serica Energy plc Oil & Gas 8-12 weeks

Chemical Engineer Final Year Summer Placement

Location: Aberdeen Hill of Rubislaw UK AB15 6BY

Staff/Contractor: 8-12 weeks

Date Posted: 3 May 2022

Closing Date: 20 May 2022

Department: Facilities

Reports to: Facilities Lead

Day Rate: Competitive

The Role - Chemical Engineer Summer Placement

This placement is suitable for a Chemical Engineering student entering their final year. The placement will provide an opportunity to work with Serica Energy’s Process and Process Safety Engineers in rationalising the Bruce platforms safety critical flow limiting devices.

The scope will build on the individuals understanding of how an oil and gas production platform operates and the types of safety devices required to ensure safe operation. Key skills which will be developed are: 
  • Interpersonal skills collaborating with Serica engineers to achieve a desired outcome
  • Ability to interpret Piping and Instrument Diagrams
  • Understanding of safety critical flow limiting devices
  • Reading and interpreting Layer of Protection Analysis documentation
  • Reading and interpreting HAZOP documentation
  • Understanding of Performance Standards, FTAs, IVB Auditing
  • Data tabulating
  • Technical Note writing
  • Presenting results and findings to a group

Scopes of work

Following on from a Performance Standard update, Serica requires to create a register of safety critical NRVs and RO/FOs and complete testing and inspection on them to provide assurance that the safety critical requirements continue to be met.

High-level scope of work:
  • Collaborate with the Process and Process Safety Engineers to review the existing rationalisation flow chart for NRVs.
  • Repeat the collaboration process for the restriction and flow orifices and develop a flow chart which helps identify safety critical orifices.
  • Collate a rationalised list of NRVs/ROs/FOs using the agreed flow charts.
There will also be opportunities for the individual to join regular meetings, meet the offshore operations teams, and get an overview of other projects and scopes of work to build on their understanding of what it’s like to work within an oil and gas operator such as Serica Energy.

Essential Qualifications

  • Studying towards a Chemical Engineering Degree

Your placement with Serica Energy

Serica offer the opportunity to be part of a busy, vibrant working environment with a strong culture rooted in mutual respect and trust.

We are passionate about building an inclusive working environment that attracts and encourages diversity. We want our employees to feel that they can be their true self, we recognise the potential that this unlocks and the value it brings.

We also offer the opportunity to work flexibly.

Serica’s Equal Opportunity statement

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunities employer and conduct our recruitment and selection process in a fair and consistent manner that does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex or sexual orientation. 

Serica will make reasonable adjustments to the role in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Recruitment Process

Please note that due to the high applicant numbers we receive it is unfortunately not always possible to get back to all applicants individually about their application. Candidates who are chosen for interview will be contacted directly.

Following a review of CVs after the application closing date, we will contact individuals an invite them to an interview.  This is likely to be a video call through Microsoft Teams.  The interview structure will be a mix of questions relating to technical experience and skills related to the role and behavioural questions.  Second stage interviews may be necessary as an additional candidate assessment.

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