Each year, Proserv’s Gilmore Valve business opens its doors to summer interns, allowing young engineers to gain first-hand field experience as part of their University senior program.

“This is a win-win opportunity for us to not only support the institutions within our community but to see the new talent coming through the engineering department system,” said Scott Shugart, Proserv’s Drilling Controls President.

Zeeshan Khawar, who is studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, worked on four projects for Gilmore’s engineering team, including:

  • Assembly and test procedures for poppet valves and a multiple valve assembly
  • Plunger guide removal tool design for regulator servicing
  • O-ring tool design to prevent damage during installation over the seal plate
  • Managing the design for a 1” test flow loop to experimentally determine coefficient of flow (Cv) for Gilmore valves

At the end of his internship, Zeeshan presented both his designs and lessons learned. The Gilmore team appreciated his eagerness to learn and focus on detail throughout the eight weeks. Scott added: “The future of the oil and gas industry will depend on the innovative solutions that the next generation continues to provide, improving uptime with extended life cycle reliability, so we appreciate the value of students like Zeeshan. A key focal point for us at Gilmore Valve is to continue to invest in research and development to enable our product lines to maintain the lead in reliability. Supporting young engineers will be an integral piece to this future growth strategy.”

We spoke to Zeeshan to find out what he gained from the experience…

Did you enjoy the hands-on experience with the project assignments?

Absolutely. The team at Proserv gave me the opportunity to learn a manufacturing process from start to finish.  Assembly Technicians taught me that the most important part of design, in addition to function, is that components must fit together well to prevent opportunity for working failures. I was also able to see a prototype of the Plunger Guide Removal Tool that I designed.

What did you take away from the internship?

The key to good design is in the detail. While working on the O-Ring tool design, it appeared simple at first, but I learned very fast that the focus needed to be how it fit on the CSV Regulator, the surface finish of the tool and the tolerances of the tool itself.  I also learned that the importance of asking questions on how things work fundamentally is crucial to any design.

How will this experience impact your senior year?

I have learned all about teamwork which will help with a senior design project I have to develop with three other students. When I worked on the flow control loop test at Proserv, I collaborated with many engineers and technicians to make a practical design.  I had to communicate my ideas and listen to suggested improvements from others. These skills will be vital to the collaboration process of the project so that everyone’s input is considered in order to produce a product of best practice with minimal to zero design flaws.

Have you decided on the industry that you would like to pursue once your studies are complete?

Before my time at Proserv, I was interested in robotics and aerospace industries. However, my experience at Proserv has opened my eyes to the possibilities within the oil and gas industry. I liked learning about how valves have such a versatile role in the industry – they are used deep downhole to cut off flow to maintain downhole pressure and also to send fluid to different components on the sea floor.