Asset Maintenance, Reliability and Turnaround
Asset Maintenance, Reliability and Turnaround Engineers make critical decisions regarding Shell’s offshore and onshore facilities.
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Asset Maintenance, Reliability and Turnaround
Our Asset Maintenance, Reliability and Turnaround Engineers make critical decisions regarding Shell’s offshore and onshore facilities, so that we can optimize the technical performance of our installations. Joining this team will see you get involved in technical troubleshooting and reliability engineering, new plant design, construction, and maintaining assets; so a cool head and a passion for problem solving are crucial. You’ll be part of our ongoing aim to meet increasing global energy demand in an economically, environmentally and socially responsible way.
Yours to explore: working for Shell in Assen, the Netherlands
Title: Yours to explore working for Shell in Assen, the Netherlands
Duration: 4:31 minutes
Description: Cindy Dirkx talks about her job and living in Assen, The Netherlands
Yours to explore working for Shell in Assen, the Netherlands Film Transcript
Assen, The Netherlands
Pipeline Maintenance Engineer
Yellow and white globe, showing yellow for land and white for sea. Revolves to show Europe, a red dot highlights The Netherlands.
Zooms in on dot.
Bright guitar music
Field of grass with blue sky. Windmill on horizon. Woman in overalls standing next to a car on a country road. Close-up of woman’s face, field and horse in background.
Interview with Cindy Dirkx
“This is my office for today.”
Cindy smiling at camera, writing something leaning on bonnet of her car. Camera pans around to show wide open fields, wind farm on horizon. Cindy and another worker in overalls turning handle on equipment, both smiling. Cindy talking to another person, looking at paperwork. Cindy hands him a pen. Shot of more flat land, canal running through fields.
“I always say that I sort of fell in love with the pipeline.”
Small equipment substation in field.
“A switch went off.”
Cindy and colleague working on small laptop outside. Talking to each other.
“And I knew that, yes, this is what I want to be.”
Cindy with a group of workers in overalls, listening to somebody talking. Close-up of Cindy’s name sewed onto her overalls.
“My name is Cindy Dirkx, I am a pipeline maintenance engineer and I’m working for Shell for almost two years.”
Cindy walking through a field next to a canal.
“Most exciting thing working for Shell now is the diversity. We have different assets, different installations. That means that every day is different. Sometimes I will be on location for a whole week but for some periods I will be in the office four days a week.”
Cindy and another woman walking around large mechanical plant. Camera pans around the plant. Cindy talking on mobile phone, leaning on car bonnet with paperwork. Cindy and female colleague in plant again, looking at machinery. Cindy smiling, talking to colleagues. Inside of very large building, elevator going up the middle and balconies running off either side of it. Cindy walks across shot. Cindy walking through corridor. Cindy putting paperwork down on a desk.
“Pipeline maintenance engineering involves the maintenance of all the underground pipelines that belong to the asset land. When we work on a job outside safety is always our first concern. An internal pipeline inspection is done with an intelligent [unclear]. The tool makes measurements of the wall thickness. It takes about eight weeks to process the results and after we receive them we define if there are any issues with the pipeline that need to be repaired.”
Cindy talking to other colleagues out in the field. End of pipe in substation being held open. Close-up of pipe opening. Cindy talking. Close-up of safety sign at substation. Cindy talking again. Person attaching something to a winch. Intelligent pigging machinery on ground. Workers attaching intelligent pigging to pipe. Close-up of worker’s face. Cindy working in office with paperwork.
“We work a lot with external expertise. The job of our department is to arrange correct process of getting all the information to the external expertise party.”
Cindy talking to colleagues outside again. Cindy walking, talking to person in different colour overalls. Cindy looking at paperwork. Lots of workers working on pipe. Cindy and colleague looking at intelligent pigging equipment and pipe.
“The city of Assen is a small city. Outside of Assen you are very close to nature. You get rest, you get peace, you have a lot of space, and I think that’s a big advantage of Assen.”
Person cycling through a city street. More cyclists. People walking in wide, open fields. More shots of wide fields and blue sky, insect hovers in front of camera. Field of cows and sheep. Another field with a row of trees.
“I live in a small village very close to Groningen and I travel to Assen every day. Usually I finish work between five and six o’clock. When I arrive home I first take care of my little girl. Most of the time she already had dinner and then we have all the time to go to the playground or get on the bike.”
Field with trees lining it, camera pans to left and shows a row of houses next to a small road. Tractor in field. Houses, person cycles past. Little girl standing on window ledge looking out, Cindy arrives home and waves through window. Little girl eating. Girl playing in a playground, Cindy and daughter looking at rabbits in hutch.
“After our daughter is sleeping, if the weather is good sometimes I take my motorbike and go out for a little while through the region. Within ten minutes we are in the city center of Groningen. There are many things to do. It has a great social life, it has a lot of attention for cultural events. They have a great university over there. And Shell Nam in combination with the city of Groningen offers you the possibilities to have a sparkling life but also to develop a worldwide career.”
Cindy sitting in armchair with feet up, reading. Cindy putting on crash helmet, close-up of Cindy’s hand on motorbike handle, starting it up. Motorbike driving away from house. Cindy on motorbike. Small city center, sign saying, Groningen Centrum. People walking around. Small dock area with boats moored up. Houses next to the water. Old building with market stalls in front. Cindy drinking coffee outside with friends. People sitting on large set of steps outside. Wide cobbled street. University buildings – old, ornate building and a modern glass one. Old buildings on corner, people walking past. Cindy drinking with friends. Cindy talking to colleagues.
“Within your individual development plan you set certain goals that you want to approach. I think that values such as integrity and honesty are really, really present.”
Man on phone, looking at computer screen. People talking in group, close-ups of their faces. Cindy talking to group. Cindy at substation again, talking with colleague in overalls as he turns a wheel on machinery. Workers operating machinery, Cindy walking past. Cindy and colleague talking next to large machinery.
“I really feel one of the team and one of the guys. I never have the feeling that I am approached differently by anyone. We have such a diverse company with so many disciplines and so many challenges, we are developing and innovating every year, so I am sure that for each person there will be a challenging job available.”
Cindy turning a large wheel at substation. Cindy looking at large map hung on wall. Large equipment plant. Cindy outside, supervising people working on machinery. Intelligent pigging machine and pipe. Cindy working on machinery.
“My career at Shell now at the moment has definitely met my expectations. The type of work that I am performing now, the diversity and the challenge that I find in it, it’s really above expectation.”
Cindy presenting to a group of people in board room. Cindy outside with overalls. Cindy pointing to position on map.
“If I take a look at my life I say, yes, I have a great life and at the moment Shell Nam is contributing to it.”
Cindy in garden with daughter, daughter running. Cindy looking through window at daughter standing on window ledge inside. Cindy waves and blows a kiss to daughter.
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Roles and responsibilities
You’ll experience a range of challenging responsibilities working under the umbrella of Asset Maintenance, Reliability and Turnaround, which will increase as you progress through the Shell Graduate Program. You could contribute to areas involving:
- Maintenance of Asset and Health Safety Security and Environment integrity
- Technical troubleshooting and reliability engineering
- New plant design and construction
- Budget planning and contract negotiation
- Overhaul management
The roles you could discover and experience include:
- Civil Engineering
- Maintenance Engineering
- Production Team Support Engineering
- Instrument Technician
- Electrical Engineering
Training and development
You will have the opportunity to learn more about technical aspects of Asset Maintenance operations such as exploration, development, production, manufacturing and project services that are covered in the Shell Graduate Program. These will give you a solid foundation for your future career. You can expect to receive world-class coaching, invaluable mentoring, formal structured training, and regular in-depth progress checks.
Once you have completed the Shell Graduate Program, you’ll continue to develop your technical skills through the three-year ‘Shell Advanced Technical Program’. With a clear structure and defined goals, this further learning will ensure you’re ready to take on a more senior role within Shell’s technical environment and become a future game changer.
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