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Why technical roles are vital?

We believe human solutions solve global challenges, such as the need to discover and develop better energy solutions. Our technical businesses tackle these issues head on, fueled by a creative and collaborative culture of innovation.

We count on curious minds. To invent technologies that drive global innovation. To develop solutions for today’s most trying energy issues. And to streamline systems that effectively power progress. Endless opportunities exist within the technical space at Shell, each playing a critical role in improving our world.

What is the technical graduate program?

The Shell Technical Graduate Program is a two to three-year-long journey, depending on your chosen discipline. You will participate in a comprehensive program that deepens your expertise and ensures you are equipped with the skills to successfully transition into a permanent role. The program provides a rigorous framework consisting of specific competences and business-critical capabilities, globally standardized by each technical discipline.

Our competence-driven program consists of two to three rotations, where you will gain experience in roles specific to your degree. With the establishment of new criteria, we ensure that you experience challenging, hands-on roles that maintain high technical standards to accelerate your development.

Technical business areas

Downstream

Shell’s downstream businesses manage everything from processing and selling to distributing our products to customers around the world. Our manufacturing business plays an integral role in developing leading-edge formulas for gasoline, diesel, heating oils, aviation fuel, lubricants and bitumen. You’ll play a key role in helping to meet the world’s growing energy needs.

Consider a downstream role if you have a degree in one the following areas:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
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Upstream

Shell’s upstream businesses invest in developing our existing resource base, growing integrated energy positions and projects, as well as unlocking new oil and gas resources. Our teams take innovative approaches to providing cleaner energy for customers around the world.

Consider an upstream role if you have a degree in one of the following areas:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Physics
  • Subsea Engineering

Projects & Technology

Our Projects & Technology (P&T) organization works in partnership with our upstream and downstream businesses to generate value for shareholders and partners. By joining our P&T team, you will help make our operations better, more efficient and safer.

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P&T opportunities allow you to build your career in:

  • Research & Development: Develop novel technologies to deploy your innovations in two to twenty-plus years down the line.
  • Technical & Competitive IT: Combine business, technical and IT skills to drive integrated research, development and deployment of IT-based technologies across our companies.
  • Global Solutions Upstream: Provide central technical and scientific capability for the early phases of projects involving field development and natural-gas processing.
  • Global Solutions Downstream: Deliver technology and technical support, including catalysts, not only for manufacturing sites (such as petrochemical plants and refineries), but also for the manufactured products (such as fuel and lubricants).
  • Project & Engineering Services: Work with project teams to deploy the right technology, achieve top-quartile performance and carry out a flawless start-up.
  • Projects: Take the engineering concepts selected for major projects and turn them into reality.
  • Wells: Staff drill, complete and maintain the thousands of wells that our companies will need over the next several years for exploration and field developments.

Within the P&T business, your responsibilities could include:

  • Creating and making new technology available
  • Engineering projects that turn oil and gas fields into marketable assets 
  • Formulating new blends of products to meet ever-increasing demand
  • Conceiving new technologies and more efficient processes 
  • Working with suppliers and contractors to keep external costs competitive and to extend a strong safety record

Consider a P&T role if you have a degree in one of the following areas:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management (Engineering)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Marine Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Subsea Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics

Our application process

Interested in applying to a full-time role or internship within one of our technical disciplines? Watch the brief video below for everything you need to know about our application process.

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Ready to submit your application?

Begin your technical career with us

To be eligible for full-time opportunities, you should be in your final year of study or have less than three years of relevant work experience.

To be eligible for an internship, you should be an actively-enrolled student who will complete at least one more semester of education following your internship.

This could be the first step to an exciting career with Shell. Apply today!

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