BOC engineers work process training into internships

Posted by Richard Cowley on 5 May 2015

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BOC is a name synonymous with gases and engineering; now an Adelaide branch is running with a ‘bottler’ of a new initiative in conjunction with Navitas Professional.

Navitas Professional provides post graduate, soft-skills development courses for young professionals who want to build interpersonal abilities onto the technical skills they learnt at university, to provide better value to future employers.

Part of the coursework includes a degree related, three month unpaid internship and BOC’s Operations Manager SA/NT, Christine Katic (pictured right) saw the opportunity to leverage from training and development for Chelsea Cao (left), who has a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide.

Christine had heard of the great experiences her colleagues in Western Australia were having with interns, and soon found a project that benefited both the company and the intern.

“Here in Torrensville we fill and distribute approximately 1000 compressed and liquefied gas cylinders per day,” Christine said, adding that she was looking for someone to bring a fresh perspective to particular projects.

“I wanted a young professional to assist the Process Engineer and the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Manager with a variety of deliverables for our site,” Christine said.

“Then, to help make recommendations around any possible improvements of the Environment and Maintenance performance.” 

From her perspective, Chelsea said the practical experiences helped her bridge the divide between theory learnt at university and what actually happens in the workplace.

She listed some of the tasks she’d been mentored through as:

  • An analysis of environmental data including electricity and raw material usage
  • Implementing environmental improvement initiatives
  • Updating of Environmental Risk Assessments and Site Environmental Plan
  • Preparing supporting evidence for changes to maintenance frequencies of site equipment
  • Preparing Engineering Management of Change documentation
  • Updating site drawings

Chelsea described the support she’d received from Christine as exemplary, and spoke of the value of knowing someone was there when interns had questions or sought clarification.

“Of course, as young professionals looking to get a foot in the door to a career, we’re all trying our best,” Chelsea said, adding “but there are times when we need guidance or clarification and the support I’ve received from BOC has been fantastic.”

Christine was quick to return the compliment.

“I was looking for a good self-starter who could use their research skills to support two very important projects and deliver business outcomes. But more than that, I wanted to make sure I had the right ‘fit’ into the organisation, someone who could communicate effectively and work harmoniously in a small, focused project team,” she said.

“And Chelsea is certainly enthusiastic and obliging in those respects,” she concluded.


Author: Richard Cowley
Internship Placement Coordinator
M:  0448 064 755


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