Hometown: St. John’s
Company: ExxonMobil Canada
“My job offers daily challenges that are interesting and rewarding. Every day is different with new problems to solve. I’m constantly learning and the new technology involved in my field will guarantee that I will never know everything.”
Kimberley has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Offshore Oil & Gas Engineering option from Memorial University. She says her involvement in WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Student Summer Employment Program helped her develop skills pertinent to her current employment. Kimberley credits her natural interest in math, science and problem solving with drawing her towards her chosen career. Her high school Math and Physics courses were most applicable to her post-secondary studies.
Kimberley usually works from 7:30 am-5:30 pm in an office and she is required to do weekend duty two to three times per four months. She lives about 19 km from her workplace and commutes about 15 minutes by car. Kimberley spends some time offshore, but not on a regular rotation. She is paid on salary. Kimberley’s job involves designing completions (the activities and methods of preparing for a well, generally creating the flow path between the reservoir and the surface), initiations (when the casing is perforated, meaning holes are created with explosives to access the reservoir) and interventions (any work that is carried out on a well after it has been completed and initiated) for drill wells. Her duties include cost estimates, design, surveillance, analysis, problem solving and contract management. She says every day is different – she could be writing a procedure, organizing a new process, writing a contract, reviewing invoices, organizing job schedules, managing vendors, planning jobs, carrying out risk assessments, and mentoring co-op students and new hires. Kimberley’s job requires some travel, mostly for training. She has traveled to Houston (Texas), Aberdeen (Scotland), Buenos Aries (Argentina), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Calgary (Alberta) and St. Catherine’s (Ontario).
Most of Kimberley’s time is spent in the office so there are no significant environmental conditions to deal with in her normal workplace. The primary workplace hazard in the office is repetitive strain injuries, although Kimberley’s company employs an Office Ergonomics program to identify and remove such hazards. She says the significant offshore hazards are identified and prevented through job safety analyses, risk assessments, Toolbox talks and Step Back 5×5 (the latter two being safety programs utilized daily offshore to identify and mitigate risks). Her employer has a very strong workplace safety program for both onshore and offshore sites.
Kimberley began her current position upon graduation from university. She says there are many possible career ladders she might follow, including technical expert, managerial or a combination of these. She says these positions could be rotational and/or international assignments.
Compensation and Benefits
In addition to her salary, Kimberley’s employer provides her with life insurance, medical and dental insurance, RRSPs, pension, fitness refund, educational refund for self and dependents and disability insurance. She also receives an offshore allowance for any time spent offshore. Kimberley’s employer provides her with safety training, specific job training and additional university education if it is job applicable.