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Priscilla, Manager, Operations Engineering
It is very motivating to work in an environment where you are surrounded by smart and dedicated people who work as a team to meet deadlines and company goals.

Priscilla, Manager, Operations Engineering
Background
After graduating from high school in Singapore, my father, a taxi driver and sole breadwinner with three boys besides me, told me there was no point for a girl to get a university education because no man wants to marry a highly educated woman. So, I graduated with a Technical Diploma in Building from Singapore Polytechnic. I worked for five years as a Quantity Surveyor in the construction industry in Singapore, saving enough money to go to a university overseas since the University of Singapore did not accept diploma holders. I wanted to prove to my father that women can and should have a university education as well. During that time, a second university offering only Civil and Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering degrees, and accepting Technical Diplomas with good grades opened in Singapore. I applied and was accepted, and three years later, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, with Honors, in Civil and Structural Engineering. I went on to study two years on a part time basis at the National University of Singapore to obtain my Master of Science in Civil & Structural Engineering.

I started at McDermott in Singapore as a junior Structural Engineer. At that time, the Structural, Pipeline and Naval Architecture disciplines were all under one department, with Structural Engineers also assigned to Pipeline Engineering depending on the workload. In June 1994, I volunteered for the Pipeline Engineering position the McDermott Indonesia office needed for an EPIC project. Over the next three-and-a-half years, I built my expertise as a McDermott Pipeline Engineer by returning to the Jakarta office as requested whenever there was an EPIC pipeline project there.

Highlights
I started working at McDermott in March 1991. The company was highly recommended to me by a former McDermott structural engineering consultant, now a lecturer, who I met while I was a research assistant at Nanyang Technological University. I was excited to apply to McDermott because of what he told me about the opportunities and work environment there.

I was even more excited to actually experience it. McDermott has many offices, fabrication yards, vessels and barges. Working here has given me opportunities to travel and work with people globally, at offshore and onshore sites. It is very motivating to work in an environment where you are surrounded by smart and dedicated people who work as a team to meet deadlines and company goals.

Of the many memorable projects I worked on during my nearly 21 years at McDermott, one is the Mobil NSO “A” 63-mile, 30-inch diameter export pipeline. I completed the design and installation engineering of this sour gas pipeline by myself in the Jakarta office. Another rewarding project was as the lead Pipeline Engineer on installation of the West Natuna pipelines. As one of the largest EPCI pipeline projects undertaken by McDermott, it included laying 293 miles of 28-inch and 56 miles of 22-inch trunklines from Singapore to the West Natuna Sea, crossing the busiest ship channel in the world.

While based in the Houston office for the last 11 years, my work is international. I have been the lead Pipeline Engineer for at least half of the pipelines designed and installed offshore Qatar in the North Field and for continuing to support our Middle East clients in developing and sustaining this field.

Advice
McDermott offers great opportunity to those who want to design, fabricate and install offshore structures and pipelines. Engineers interested in this opportunity must be prepared to work hard, take challenges, meet deadlines and be responsible for the work that is assigned to them. Young graduate engineers must take initiative to read and study related materials, ask questions and build a career by starting at the entry level and slowly progressing up the ladder.
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