THE JOB: ADAM EZZAMEL, 23, IS AN OFFSHORE STRUCTURES ENGINEER FOR SHELL, BASED IN ABERDEEN. HE IS A MEMBER OF SHELL’S MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN NETWORK, WHICH PROMOTES ARAB CULTURE AND WELCOMES STAFF FROM ARAB COUNTRIES WHO WORK FOR THE COMPANY IN EUROPE
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOB?
My job involves studying foundation issues for fixed platforms, mobile drilling rigs and wind projects in the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. I work with structural, and metocean engineers as well as contractors and clients on a daily basis. Although my university degree was not specifically aimed at the offshore industry, I have found that the engineering principles and methods that I studied can be readily applied to my day-to-day work.
WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED?
Offshore engineering is rewarding but challenging; there are opportunities to go and see some of the largest and most technologically advanced structures in the world. I’m also grateful for the full support I receive from my colleagues who allow me freedom and responsibility while being open to questions, no matter how basic.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB?
Providing solutions to platform and rig foundation issues that are both time and safety critical can be difficult. Soil mechanics is not an exact science and finding suitable approximations and methods while retaining reliability is both challenging and rewarding.
ADVICE FOR READERS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN YOUR AREA
I would advise people not to be put off by Shell’s focus of selecting for talent rather than specific positions. This may seem like a strange way to attract people to a company, and it certainly did to me, however, the process was a rewarding experience, once I got over the initial nerves. Lastly, I would say that as a graduate, your first job should be seen as a chance to get your foot in the door, as well as an opportunity to gain some valuable technical and life experience. For my area, experience in civil engineering is essential, but a study specialisation
is not vital.