Process, Automation, Control and Optimisation (PACO)
Within Process Automation, Control and Optimisation (PACO), you could work on a range of Upstream and Downstream projects that impact our business.
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Process, Automation, Control and Optimisation (PACO)
Within Process Automation, Control and Optimisation (PACO), you could work on a range of Upstream and Downstream projects and operations that have a real impact on our business. For example, you could get the chance to combine process engineering, process control and advanced computer knowledge to innovate and maximise production of chemical products as well as oil and gas at operating facilities. You can make a vital contribution to local and remote oil and gas operating facilities (both onshore and offshore), refineries and chemical plants through leveraging analyzers and computer technology designed to automate their control.
Why should I join Shell?
Title: 22 Shell Graduate Program: Why should I join Shell?
Duration: 2:10 minutes
There's nothing like a direct question to prompt an honest answer. Hear what young experts in the Shell Graduate Program have to say about Shell, based on their own experiences. Contributing to solving critical real-world problems, getting involved in large-scale projects, having the opportunity to go wherever you want within a global organiation. Find out what appealed to them and what will work for you.
22 Shell Graduate Program: Why should I join Shell? Film Transcript
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Working at Shell
Why should I join?
‘’I work with great people.’’
‘’Working on multi-million pound projects.’’
‘’A challenging, a volatile, exciting industry.’’
‘’You're part of something that's important, moving, evolving.’’
‘’You're taking to governments about their energy needs and how they'll provide energy for citizens.’’
‘’We create a fuel that's burning cleaner, has fewer emissions and that's key to making a society with fewer CO2 emissions.’’
‘’You've got fantastic exposure to some of the real critical issues going on in the energy industry right now.’’
‘’We all know the challenges facing not just oil and gas companies but energy companies in general. I wanted to be part of working out that solution.’’
‘’Right now I'm working on a project which is to do with carbon capture, which is a big deal, because as an energy company I feel we should be contributing and we should be looking into ways of making the ways we produce energy nowadays even more sustainable.’’
‘’My projects are interesting, my colleagues are so friendly and supportive and I see myself developing every day.’’
‘’I get the opportunity to come up with ideas. Sometimes they get executed, sometimes they don't. People value me for that.’’
‘’Delivering your goals in Shell requires a multi-discipline approach and also a commercial mindset, so I'm regularly working in teams of various sizes, and thinking beyond the technical is a must.’’
‘’You get the opportunity to move around, see different parts of the business, apply your knowledge in those areas.’’
‘’And if you look at some of our senior managers, and look at their careers in Shell, they've tried these things out, and I don't think a lot of companies let you do that.’’
‘’When I started, I knew nothing about reservoir engineering, which is what I do now. Yet within a year, I was working on key projects.’’
‘’If you don't want to be inside Engineering all your life, you can go to Commercial, or you can do a Finance or Marketing role.’’
‘’You can go everywhere you want. Only it's up to you to take those opportunities and to determine what you value the most.’’
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Roles and responsibilities
You’ll experience a dynamic and challenging environment on the Shell Graduate Program. Entry roles in the PACO discipline include:
- Day-to-day support related to PACO technologies at an oil and gas production facility, refinery, or chemical plant
- Engineering design of instruments and process control systems for new facilities to produce oil and gas (onshore and offshore) and to manufacture oil and chemical products
- Central corporate support and application of PACO technologies to the different Shell businesses
Your responsibilities could include:
- Developing dynamic models to optimize design and operation of equipment from fired heaters to refineries and chemical plants
- Applying process control modelling techniques to automate the drilling of oil wells
- Improving process safety via intelligent application of sensors; process engineering knowledge and automation techniques
Training and development opportunities
The PACO discipline provides you the opportunity to combine knowledge from different areas, such as process engineering, computer technology, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering, to solve simple through to complex problems in oil and gas production operations, refineries, and chemical plants. You’ll benefit from being exposed to a broad scope of technologies via a well-defined learning structure supported by experienced personnel supporting you to achieve your career potential. You’ll also receive regular progress checks to ensure you are making full use of the many learning resources, which will be available to help you to become an accomplished Shell professional.
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