Many employers agree that graduates are not always prepared for the demands of commencing in a real graduate job – in fact 9 out of 10 employers prefer graduates who are Job ready!
The transition from life as a student to an employee within an organization is challenging one. Basic things that employees in a business take for granted aren’t always clear for a student who has spent their whole life in a study environment. As 1 of 8000 new graduates starting work in companies across India every year, competitive advantage is everything.
As experienced graduate managers, having worked within large corporates across India, we have witnessed the many missed opportunities. The main object for a graduate starting day 1 seems to commonly be to just get through the first day, week and month and attempt to integrate into a world which is usually quite foreign. How will people perceive me? How do my communication skills (both written and verbal) transition from a university environment on campus to presenting a business case to leadership group in a corporation?
These are common questions. The key is, once you have secured a graduate job offer (and even before!), to start thinking about these things and how you will manage this transition. Companies are prepared to develop you in areas such as on-the-job training, technical skills and specific software skills however, the ‘soft skills’ such as problem solving, time management, understanding your personal brand and basic business skills and etiquette are commonly expected by employers by recruiting you as a young professional – but not always apparent.
With more and more employers expecting graduates to be doing a ‘real job’ from day 1 and to add value immediately, this transition becomes even more critical. The better prepared you are for entry into the workplace, the easier your transition will be – which will also allow you to access the best development and future career opportunities.
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EPC stands for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and is a prominent form of contracting agreement in the construction industry. The engineering and construction contractor will carry out the detailed engineering design of the project, procure all the equipment and materials necessary, and then construct to deliver a functioning facility or asset to their clients. Companies that deliver EPC Projects are commonly referred to as EPC Contractors.
The EPC phase of the project is also known as the Execution phase which normally follows what is know as a FEED or Front End Engineering Design phase. The FEED is a basic engineering design used as the basis for the EPC phase. The FEED can be divided into seperate packages covering different portions of the project. The FEED packages are used as the basis for bidding on when the client offers the EPC work to the market,
Normally the EPC Contractor has to execute and deliver the project within an agreed time and budget, commonly known as a Lump Sum Turn Key (LSTK) Contract. An EPC LSTK Contract places the risk for schedule and budget on the EPC Contractor.
The Project Owner or client to the EPC Contractors will normally have a presence in the EPC Contractors offices during the execution of the EPC Contract. The Client places what can be termed a Project Managment Team or PMT to overlook the EPC Contractor. The client PMT may require specialist help and bring on board Project Management Consultants or PMC’s to assist. The PMT / PMC will ensure the EPC Contractor is carrying out the works in accordance with the agreed scope of works and in accordance with the Contract. It is quite common for the Engineering and Construction Contractor which delivered the FEED to be offered a Project Management Consultancy (PMC) Contract.
In some instances which can be related to the time a project owner would like the project delivered, an engineering and construction company can be given work on a direct reimbursable basis to start with followed by conversion to LSTK once sufficient time and resources can be allocated to quantifying and pricing the scope of works. One method to convert from a reimbursable to LSTK Contract is called an Open Book Estimate or OBE in which the Contractor will open all their working documentation or books for representatives of the client to assess what the total scope of works for delivering the project will be. An agreed LSTK scope of works and price will be negotiated and agreed between EPC Contractor and Project Owner during the execution of EPC activities.
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The primary purpose of this article is to give you an idea what is the role of a Static Equipment Design Engineer (SEDE) in various types of engineering organization. This information will also enable you to identify potential job opportunities based on the type of organization and the work they perform.
The secondary purpose of the article is to introduce various parties that may be involved during the construction of process plant. Whenever the term Process Plant (PP) is mentioned here it broadly means (but not limited to): a petrochemical plant, a refinery, a chemical plant etc.
In the end there is a little discussion the about the career path of a SEDE.
CLIENT Side Organizations:
Client side organizations are the big giant companies who are already running several PPs. These organization, from time to time, will initiate a need for a new PP or expansion of an existing PP. As they have a lot of money and they are busy running their PPs, they don’t want to do this job themselves. So they hire a contractor. And not just any contractor, but an EPC contractor (See below). Some of the major Client side organizations are Exxon Mobil, Shell, Saudi Aramco & Sabic.
Of course this is an unofficial description of Client side organizations. For a vendor, Client may be an EPC contractor. For a steel plate manufacturer, client may be a vendor. That’s why I have named it “Client Side organizations” to differentiate it from the general term of client.
Usually there is a technical department in these organizations, where they hire many engineers along with SEDEs. This department contains all the design data and specifications of the already operating PP. The role of SEDE in such an organization is to acquaint him with all the possible technical information that may be required to certain problems faced during the operation of the plant. As a SEDE, you may also be involved with the new projects such as expansion of the existing PP or a new PP from scratch. You will be involved in activities such preparing feasibility studies, reviewing documents prepared by EPC contractors etc.
When the client side people decide that its time for a new project, they prepare a comprehensive requisition, which is floated for bidding. The bidders are usually EPC contractors.
(EPC is an abbreviation for Engineering, Procurement & Construction)
EPC organizations are also huge companies which specialize in all the aspects of construction of a new PP or expansion on an existing PP. The whole process of construction is very nicely summarised in to three chunks of E, P & C (Hence the name). EPC companies are project oriented as compared to CLIENT side organizations which operation oriented.
An EPC organization usually comprises of many departments. Each department specializes in a one of the many aspects of a PP design. For example, Piping department deals with the piping involved in the PP.
They have other departments like procurement (purchasing) and construction. Some supporting departments include Projects, Planning & Materials/Stores.
Many SEDEs work in an EPC organization or with a fabrication vendor (see below for more information on vendor). Many a time Static Engineers are part of the Mechanical Department, along with rotary & package engineers. As SEDE in an EPC company, your role is more technical and engineering orientated. The day to day activities include producing mechanical datasheets, engineering drawings, specifications and requisitions. Also review the detailed drawings produced by vendor. You may also be involved in estimation of manhours for a certain project that the company is bidding for. Also there is some good interaction involved with other departments e-g Process or Construction.
Some of the major EPC companies of the world are: Flour, Petrofac, Worley Parsons, Technip, JGC etc.
Vendors (& Subcontractors):
As the scale of work required for the construction of the whole PP is very large, the EPC contractor can’t execute the whole job alone. Thus EPC contractor has to “sub-contract” various activities to other sub-contractors or vendors. A sub-contractor or Vendor usually specializes in one single activity. For example, a pressure vessel vendor will fabricate one or more pressure vessels for the PP, but he is not concerned about the piping involved in the plant. A material vender may provide steel fittings to be used in the piping involved in the plant.
The difference between Vendor and subcontractor is some what vague, but usually Vendors provide stand alone equipment or material e-g a Pump vendor will provide a complete working. On the other hand, Sub-contractors are more service oriented e-g a EPC may subcontract the construction of concrete storage tanks to a civil contractor.
Static equipment vendors or manufacturers also hire static design engineers who prepare the detailed engineering design for the production of equipment. They are directly in contact with the Static/Mechanical Department of the EPC contractor and the design documents to be produced at a vendor facility must comply with all the requirements and specifications dictated by the EPC contractor.
Here the work of a SEDE is also technical but in a different way. The scope is limited to each static equipment and there is no interaction with other departments working for the new PP. The day to day activities include: reviewing the drawings produced by the drafting team, preparing calculations, revising calculations & drawings which are reviewed and commented by the EPC contractor. They also support the fabrication shop in case there is some problem during the fabrication of equipment.
Along with all these companies there is one more party that is involved in the construction of a new PP called “Licensor”.
The Licensor is an organization whose job is to make sure that the process plant that is going to be built, will work according to the requirements of the client. These companies have a more research oriented setup and they devise/invent new technologies for process industry. They “License” a certain type of technology for a certain type of process plant. They are in a close interaction with Client and the EPC contractor. And many a time they provide one or two priority equipment in the whole plant that they manufacture themselves. The hire more process engineers rather than SEDEs.
Career Path of a SEDE:
The below information is purely based on my humble experience as an SEDE. I may be incorrect so don’t take it as a final word.
Ususally it is preferable that a new SEDE shall work with a vendor for about 2 years to get a good idea of the manufacturing aspects of the Static equipments. But the Vendor organizations are considered to be worst place for SEDE in the long run. If you stick to a vendor organization for a longer time, you may be given an opportunity in an EPC organization (of course this is not a strict rule, but a general understanding). So Its better you switch to an EPC company within 2-3 years of start of your career with a vendor. Vendors usually pay the least salary
EPC companies prefer a little vendor side experience too (but as I said too much experience with a vendor is not desirable). But EPC companies also hire fresh graduates too. That’s also a good opportunity for new engineers. Also they pay good money.
Client Side organizations usually hire experienced SEDEs with 10-15 years and they pay the maximum salary. It is usually difficult to get into a client side organization for SEDEs and many SEDEs actually never work with a client side organization.
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Do you see your future working upstream or downstream?
If you’re looking to work in the oil and gas industry, knowing what role suits you and understanding more about the components of the sector could be key to your success. However, with a lot of industry-specific jargon to bust, getting the lowdown on this can often be easier said than done.
If you can’t tell the difference between your upstream from your downstream, here’s a quick guide of everything you need to know:
The oil and gas industry is big. Really big.
In fact, it’s such a large and complex sector, that understanding and explaining the whole process from start to finish isn’t particularly easy. For this reason, the industry is generally broken down into the following three components: Upstream, Midstream and Downstream.
Many companies working within the industry will generally choose to specialize in one particular part of the process. Some companies (known as ‘combined’, or ‘super majors’) may handle the whole process themselves, although there are a very small number of these companies operating within the oil & gas sector.
BP, Total and Shell are all examples of combined companies.
What is upstream?
Upstream is the first part of the oil and gas process.
It primarily involves the exploration for crude oil and natural gas fields, as well as its recovery and production. This sector is widely referred to within the oil and gas industry as the E&P (exploration and production) stage.
Common areas within the upstream process include searching for oil deposits, either underground or underwater, the drilling of exploratory wells and, if deposits are found, the operation of these wells to bring found deposits to the surface.
Upstream is a highly scientific area of oil and gas, with Geologists and Geophysicists involved from the outset to seek out where deposits may lie.
Aside from these roles, potential jobs within the upstream oil and gas sector include Platform Installer, Petroleum Engineer and Pipeline Engineer.
What is midstream?
Midstream is the middle stage of the oil and gas process, and focuses on the storage and transportation of the deposits found during the upstream stage.
The most common method of transportation, known as piping (or pipeline), involves vast networks of pipes being constructed and maintained to take the deposits downstream.
Additional logistics include trucking, as well as the transportation via oil tankers and railways, in order to complete distribution.
Although the activities within this specialism are sometimes included as part of the downstream process, midstream is a vital link between the upstream and downstream stages, and worth considering in its own right.
Jobs within the midstream sector include Chemical Engineers, Pump Systems Operators, Business Advisors and Gas Managers, as well as Truck Drivers, Barge Drivers and other transport positions.
What is downstream?
Downstream is the final, and most varied, part of the oil and gas process.
This could range from the refining of crude oil and processing and purifying natural gas, through to sales, marketing, product distribution and retail, and everything in between. It also includes the manufacture of petrochemicals and plastics.
Many products derived from crude oil are manufactured during the downstream stage, including diesel oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrol, fertilizers, antifreeze, pharmaceuticals and even cosmetics.
Downstream is undoubtedly the sector in the oil and gas industry that provides the closest connection to everyday consumers, meaning jobs in this sector are incredibly sought after and diverse.
Typical roles involved within the downstream process include, but are not limited to, Hazard Analysts, Tax Accountants, Maintenance Supervisors and Oil Traders.
Why should I work in the oil and gas industry?
Aside from being an incredibly diverse area to work within, the oil and gas industry is also one of the most lucrative. The average salary is well in excess of $25,000 – $50,000 per year, and continues to grow year-on-year.
Other benefits include flexible working, the ability to travel globally as part of your career, and building a dedicated skillset that remain in demand within the right industries. If you’re looking for a career with longevity, varied and exciting work and excellent pay, there’s not really a better choice out there.
Several careers involve technical–or skilled–activities, such as those in the engineering, science, medical and accounting fields. Individuals must have a certain level of education or background for employment in these fields. Some careers may require several years of education to train individuals in these skilled techniques.
Training for technical or skilled careers often begins with a formal education from a college or university. These institutions provide a background for career fields and typically offer concentrations for focusing on a particular aspect of a career. After graduation candidates may opt for private training institutes providing highly specialize courses in their respective disciplines.
Employees who undergo technical training, whether before or during a job, are typically more valuable to their company than employees who do not. The knowledge and skills they have will often lead to more innovation in the company and more opportunities for completing tasks or activities more efficiently.
The oil and gas industry is rapidly becoming the hot choice amongst youngsters and freshers who are seeking jobs. In present scenario of economic development the time is ripe for oil and gas engineering and design jobs.
There is scope for job in every energy sector department and new requirements keep springing up every day be it in structural, procedural or engineering department. People from other sectors are also starting to look for new prospects in the booming energy industry. Some of the major players in the market and also hot oil industry employers are Exxon Mobil, Gazprom, Lukoil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP.
A Career In Energy Sector
Working in an Expanding Sector: Oil and gas literally runs the world. An industry involved in extracting and processing oil and gas can never be out of business neither can its demand in the market ever ceases.
Availability of Diverse Roles: Apart from the major choice where you get to choose whether you want to work for an off-shore company or a domestic company you can choose your specific job profile. You can take your pick according to your comfort zone from jobs in exploration of oil, production of oil and gas to refining it and marketing it.
Opportunities For International Travel: When you opt for jobs in oil and gas industry travelling becomes a part of your life. If travelling to exotic places and diving under the sea is a thing for you then you will be delighted because this will be a part of your job.
Career Prospects for Different Streams Of Graduation in Oil and Gas Industry
Careers in Engineering
(a) Chemical Engineer
(b) Mechanical Engineer
(c) Electrical & Instrumentation Engineer
(d) Civil Engineer
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It is a dynamic career with great implications. Once you choose to be in this sector you can say that you are going to be there for long as energy demand is always going to be there in this world.
To succeed in life the key thing is to do right thing at the right time. In this changing and evolving world you should find a job that suits you well and should earn you good benefits. A career in Oil and Gas sector is one such dream career which propels you towards success.