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Hibernia Machinery Technician

Hibernia Machinery Technician

Name: Mitch Furlong
Company: ExxonMobil Canada
Education: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, College of the North Atlantic
Location: Onshore – Office Building
Hometown: Plate Cove West, NL
Currently Living In: Torbay, NL

Education and Personal Background

Mitch is a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at College of the North Atlantic. He says he chose the program because of the three-year length, and the potential job opportunities after finishing. In high school, Mitch took some advanced online courses. He says the extra work involved in these courses helped him develop good study habits, and benefited him in college.  

Duties and Work Environment

As a Machinery Technician, Mitch works onshore and provides support to offshore teams. He helps develop schedules for routine equipment maintenance, and makes repair plans and schedules when equipment gets damaged.

Much of the equipment involved in Mitch’s job is highly specialized. He responds to technical questions on specific equipment, and sources replacements and parts. He has to attend multiple meetings every day about the status of ongoing work, and any upcoming issues that need his attention. While Mitch works onshore right now, he says one of his most essential skills is the ability to draw on his knowledge of the offshore environment, based on his past experience there.

Questions and Answers

Why did you choose a career in oil and gas?

I chose a career in this industry for the advancement opportunities involved.

What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?

Work hard and treat people with respect.

What do you enjoy about your job? 

I enjoy the fast-paced work environment. It’s constantly changing!

What surprised you most about the oil and gas industry?

What surprises me most is the ability to plan and execute work safely in one of the harshest environments in the world.