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Alvin, Associate Instrumentation Engineer
I enjoy being able to travel and work with people from all around the world.

Alvin, Associate Instrumentation Engineer
Background
I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. There are multiple factors as to why I chose my major, but I usually tell people that as a kid, I always loved to take things apart. It was certainly exciting to be able to do that while I was in school.

During college, I had internships with a couple of automation and instrumentation companies that were also McDermott vendors. In my last semester I learned about McDermott and that it operates all around the world. I knew working for McDermott would open doors to endless international opportunities and travelling is one of my passions. Even though I barely knew about the offshore construction industry, I took a leap of faith and never looked back. I started with McDermott in Houston as an Automation and Instruments Engineer and transferred to Dubai in 2012 as a Field Engineer as part of the Global Graduate Development Program. I will be rotating to another role, and hopefully to another region, to broaden my experience.

Highlights
I enjoy being able to travel and work with people from all around the world. It is not uncommon to find at least five different nationalities each time you attend a project meeting. With the culture and language barrier, it could be pretty challenging but it is definitely a great skill to gain working in a multicultural workforce. In addition, since McDermott is an EPCI company, which basically means we cover every scope of a project from conception to completion, I am able to see the “big picture.” This is vital for the success of the major projects that McDermott undertakes.

In my current role as Field Engineer, I joined a project during its later stage and had to do a lot of catching up in a short amount of time. This project involves the upgrade of crude gathering and power supply of the largest offshore oil field in the world. This massive task includes float-over installation of a jacket, installation of topsides, and upgrade of several wellhead platforms. The learning curve was steep and working offshore for several months is definitely challenging and different, but very satisfying.

Advice
There are very few companies that could match the international opportunities provided by McDermott.
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