When I was growing up, people would always ask you the usual question “What do you want to be in the future? Or what do you want to study at University?” My answer has always been the same – “I want to be an Engineer”.
My inspiration to become an engineer came from knowing what great engineers such as Nikola Tesla, James Watt, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Elon Musk have achieved. I have always been fascinated by the idea of engineering and it amazes me the various ways that engineering has improved the world.
I decided that I wanted to become a Mechanical Engineer because it is one of the oldest and broadest areas of the engineering disciplines, and so in 2009, I obtained a BA in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Benin, Nigeria
The mechanical engineering field requires an understanding of core concepts including mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, material science, structural analysis and electricity. In addition to these core principles, a mechanical engineer has the opportunity to use tools such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and product life cycle management. This software is used to design and analyse manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices, weapons, and others. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production and operation of machinery.
Before joining Proserv in Nigeria, I was a Design Phase Engineer working with NETCO on Total EGINA FPSO, where I worked with different 2D/3D design software tools like AutoCAD, PDMS and PVElite. This role helped me understand the importance of engineering drawings and how they convey very precise instructions to the contractor on what, where and to what standard the build was to be. I learned that engineering, like life, has some hard rules we must abide by, some softer guidelines that we try to achieve, and a whole lot of flexibility to apply our judgement and best knowledge to solve a whole series of problems.
My Proserv career started in Nigeria as a Field Technician. This role was more hands on that my previous roles and it took me quite some time to adjust. For example putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a hard hat and safety boots for the workshop, instead of sitting at a desk.
Then a Graduate Engineer role opened up with Proserv in Nigeria. Although this role paid less, money was not the main driver of my career but job satisfaction, passion and happiness are what motivates me as well as to take on a new challenge and acquire new skills.
Over the last two years of my Graduate Engineer Training, Proserv has provided me with fantastic opportunities and support. The most challenging part of my role is learning the technical details of equipment and trying to make more sense out it. However, with the help of all the Proserv team here in the UAE and in Nigeria, there is always someone willing to sit with me and explain in details.
The Company has pushed me to take on new challenges and constantly provided me with the tools for my career development. One of the reasons why I chose Proserv was the fact they have one of the best knowledge base, called Proserv Academy, which is used to develop and equip graduates with all the basic training to excel in energy industry.
My advice to others looking to get into engineering would be to work hard, take the initiative, carryout research and teach yourself something new. Furthermore, get involved and build relationships, and finally, be proactive and take control of your career then drive it in the direction you want it to. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not capable of doing something just because it is not reflected in your curriculum or ability. The opportunities are endless if you have the courage to pursue them.