Our graduates

Please select a graduate to see their complete profile


Graduate Subsea & Pipeline Engineer

University Attended: The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Degree Obtained: MEng Mechanical Engineering

I achieved an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen before applying to join the graduate programme at TEP UK.  I started with the company in 2010 and am currently working within our Business Development Department.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

The main reasons I applied to join the TEP UK graduate programme were the prospect of gaining an appreciation of different roles and departments and how they work together, and also the possibility of a career that would allow me to travel to and work in different locations throughout the world.  I consider myself very lucky to work in such a multi-cultural organisation.

In my short time with TEP UK, I’ve had the opportunity to take on several positions of responsibility, and also to see some very interesting pieces of work through from start to finish.  During my placement in the Subsea and Pipeline department, I spent considerable time offshore on both platforms and dive support vessels, managing several technically challenging projects.  I also had the chance to work closely with Total HQ in Paris when I was involved in subsea barriers integrity studies, and managed various different inspection and maintenance workscopes during my time offshore.

In my current placement within the Business Development team, I am involved in different pre-project, engineering and conceptual studies.  I have taken a frontline role in coordinating engineering studies for umbilical replacement for one of TEP UK’s subsea tie-back well clusters.  There’s no such thing as a typical day in the office!

All new starts at TEP UK get plenty opportunities to integrate with their colleagues outside of work.  For those who enjoy a challenge, there are numerous fundraising activities, and TEP UK also encourages employees to participate in projects within the local community.  In addition, each department has team building events and away days, which offer the chance to get to know your colleagues outside of the normal office environment.  Aberdeen is well off for amenities – pubs, clubs, gyms and golf courses are all within easy reach.  The North East of Scotland is also ideally situated for those that enjoy the outdoors, with water sports during the summer and snow sports over winter.

Any new graduate joining TEP UK will benefit from a real culture of mutual support, and I feel privileged to be surrounded by colleagues at all levels who are helpful and willing to devote their time to answering my queries.  One of the main reasons I would recommend the graduate programme is the level of responsibility you will be given at an early stage in your career, and the amount of practical experience you will gain working on real projects.  To succeed in a fast paced environment such as this, you will need good analytical skills, and the ability to think on your feet.  Leadership, team working and communication and influencing skills are also important to help you make the most of your time on the graduate scheme.


Graduate IS Analyst/Telecommunications Engineer

University Attended: Robert Gordon University

Degree Obtained: BSc (Hons) in Computer Network Management and Design

A local to Aberdeen, I graduated from the Robert Gordon University with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Network Management and Design.  I joined TEPUK’s graduate programme in 2007 as a Telecoms Engineer.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

When considering my future, I was very keen to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, particularly with an operator who could provide lots of development opportunities.  The TEP UK scheme appealed to me for a number of reasons, including the opportunity to work within different areas of the business over the three years.  The scheme is also recognised ad approved by professional bodies such as the IET, which was a big plus point. 

From the start of my time on the programme, I was given proper work to do and was involved in decision making.  Through a mixture of formal training and great day-to-day support, it’s amazing how quickly you learn the ropes and start taking on responsibilities.  A definite highlight from my first year was the Total Group induction, which involved two weeks inPariswith around 200 Total employees from all over the world. 

Five years on from starting out at TEPUK, I am now a Senior Engineer within the IS department.  In addition to providing IS support to all TEPUK’s local and remote sites, I also work on specific projects – everything from small scale modifications taking a week, through to cross functional projects lasting a year. 

The best thing for me about the IS function is working with almost all aspects of the business, meaning we get out and about to all the sites, be it offshore, London or project offices worldwide.  You also get to build up a good understanding of all aspects of oil and gas operations – something you would not always be exposed to in the IS industry. 

Being local toAberdeen, I am very familiar with the city and its surroundings; however since joining TEPUKand the graduate programme, my social life has never been busier.  Both the graduate community and TEPUK’s Sports & Social Club are brilliant, meaning there’s always something on the go!  Five-a-sides, nights out, weekends away, and recently the grads climbedBen Nevistogether to raise money for a local charity.  I almost forgot to mention playing at the Total Group international football tournament last year in the South of France – it’s a hard life! 

To anyone considering applying for the TEP UK graduate scheme, I would say go for it!  There are many opportunities and exciting challenges and projects to work on, always with the relevant training and support.  Having said that, there is always the scope to speak up and suggest new and fresh ways of doing things.  After the graduate scheme there is also the opportunity to be expatriated to another Total subsidiary elsewhere in the world, to put your French lessons into practice!


Graduate Reservoir Engineer

University Attended: Imperial College (MSc) and University of Aberdeen(BSc)

Degree Obtained: MSc Petroleum Engineering and BSc Geology

My first degree, which I studied for at the University of Aberdeen, was a BSc in Geology-Physics, which I then followed up with an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College in London.  My career with TEP UK started in 2010.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

I chose to apply to TEP UK as they are a major oil and gas operator committed to the UKCS.  Total have a very interesting profile, not just in the UK but worldwide, and can offer an exciting and diverse career path.  A further appeal for me was the well structured graduate programme, with the guarantee of real work and operational experience at an early stage in my career.

The most enjoyable moment of my time as a TEP UK graduate so far has been going offshore for the first time and overseeing the perforating and well testing of a new reservoir.  This was both a challenging and exciting experience where I learnt a great deal and saw first hand the operational side of our business.  I’ve also really enjoyed the various training courses I’ve attended, some in the South of France – well, what’s not to enjoy?!  They’re a great way to meet people from all across the world who work in the same discipline as you.

I’m currently working as a Graduate Reservoir Engineer, involved on a day to day basis in monitoring three of our subsea fields in the Northern North Sea.  I monitor how gas/liquid production, along with pressures and temperatures, decline over time and compare the results with what we have predicted using our reservoir models.  I also get the opportunity to make the occasional trip offshore to observe and learn from various different operations, such as well testing, logging and Production Logging Tools (PLTs).

Outside of my core role at TEP UK, I’ve taken an active role in presenting at events that encourage youngsters to consider a career in the oil and gas industry.  Membership of professional bodies is also encouraged at TEP UK, and I’ve become a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  TEP UK also has an excellent Sports & Social Club that offers discounts on tickets for sporting events, gym memberships, gigs and theatre shows.  I very much enjoy living in Aberdeen – it’s a diverse and exciting place with plenty to keep you entertained outside of work.

The TEP UK graduate scheme has very much lived up to my expectations.  From day one I’ve been involved in exciting and challenging projects, working alongside other professionals and managers.  There aren’t months of training to go through before you can get stuck into the ‘real’ work – it’s straight into applying what you’ve learnt at university to real life operations.  As well as learning on the job, there are plenty opportunities to attend both internal and external training courses – coming back to the office and immediately putting into practice what you have learned really is the best way to develop your skills.

To new graduates joining the scheme, my advice would be ask lots of questions, and make the most of the opportunity to learn from working alongside both more experienced colleagues, and those from different disciplines and cultures.  You need to be adaptable as the type of work you are involved with can vary from day to day, and don’t be afraid to challenge existing thinking.  Being able to work as part of a team is also important, and above all an enthusiasm for working and learning with Total.


Graduate Safety Engineer

University Attended: University College in Dublin

Degree Obtained: BEng in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

During my final year at university, I considered careers in the pharmaceutical, chemical and oil and gas industries.  What ultimately attracted me to oil and gas was the huge scale of engineering operations, as well as the potential for overseas work and travel.  TEP UK’s clear commitment to graduate development was a key factor in my decision to apply to the company, as I was attracted to the defined development programme of training and the opportunity to gain experience in different areas of the business.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

From the outset of my time at TEP UK, I was given responsibility for producing work and managing others.  I worked within the Safety Engineering department, undertaking dispersion and explosion modelling studies, and also had the opportunity to work on all TEP UK’s North Sea assets as well as at the onshore gas terminal at St Fergus.  There was always a great deal of support from colleagues, and the level of training provided was excellent, meaning I never felt out of my depth.

Having completed the graduate development programme, I am now working as Safety Engineer for the Laggan-Tormore project – currently the largest oil and gas project in Europe.  I am responsible for ensuring the design of the new gas plant on Shetland and the associated subsea infrastructure are suitable for the billions of cubic metres of high pressure hydrocarbons  they are going to see over the next thirty years.  This has involved defining plant layouts, carrying out hazard studies and making sure all legislative requirements are met.

Outside the day job I enjoy the many pubs, restaurants and live venues that Aberdeen has to offer.  Some of the best hiking routes in the UK are just outside the city, and in winter there are three ski resorts within easy reach.  Cycling routes through the mountains (which coincidentally pass by the distilleries of the world’s finest single malt whiskies!), surfing and kite surfing have all been given a go.  There is always something happening and somewhere new to visit!

If you want to be challenged and given real responsibility from the start, then TEP UK is the place for you.  Your academic and softer skills will be tested, and at the same time you will be given fantastic training and development opportunities.  The result is progression at  a pace that is both surprising and extremely rewarding.  I didn’t want a boring desk job, and I certainly got my wish!”


Graduate Environmentalist

University Attended: Newcastle Univeristy

Degree Obtained: BSc Environmental Science and MSc Clean Technology

During the course of my degree I carried out two separate placements at an engineering, operations and construction services company. While I was there I was involved with a green travel campaign and general environmental awareness campaigns. I also gained my first experience of environmental management systems, something I have used throughout my career at TOTAL.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

I chose to become an Environmentalist on completion of my degree because I felt that the environmental issues were becoming more important in industry. I thought that working in a multi-national oil and gas company would be an interesting and demanding area to work in as an Environmentalist. The opportunities to work abroad and learn French were appealing as well as well as the "learn and share" philosophy within the company.

I really enjoyed my time on the graduate scheme and was given great support from my department, along with the human resources team, with regards to my training and development. During my graduate programme I had numerous visits offshore and to St Fergus gas terminal as well as placements in other departments in the company to get a greater understanding of exploration and production activities and the environmental issues surrounding the industry.

Upon completion of the graduate programme I worked as part of the Environmental team where I provided environmental support to the exploration and production activities undertaken by TOTAL. I prepared environmental consents, permits and oil spill emergency plans. I also participated in regular environmental meetings, discussing and implementing environmental improvements.

Seven years on, I am now senior environmentalist working on the TOTAL Laggan Tormore project part of the team developing the Shetland Gas Plant. I have had excellent travel opportunities in this role as well as continuing professional development.

Technical qualities are important in my job, as well as a sound understanding of environmental issues and legislation. Other skills required include problem solving, communication and influencing, and teamwork.


Graduate Electrical Engineer

University Attended: Queen's University, Belfast

Degree Obtained: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen's University in Belfast, before joining TOTAL E&P UK's Graduate Scheme.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

To date I have been in four different teams within the company. When I first started at Total, I was a member of the Electrical team within the Maintenance department. My role as an Electrical Engineer was to ensure all maintenance of the electrical plant was completed to Total’s standard. I also was involved in implementing minor modifications to the plant which involved attending Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) and preparing workpacks for the implementation and commissioning of the modification.  My next placement was on the Elgin/Franklin installation as the Electrical and Instrument Plant Engineer. This was a rotational placement and it gave me an understanding of how an offshore installation operates. I have also spent a period of time within the Asset Integrity team and now I am in the Production and Engineering team. I am currently managing a protection settings review and arc flash study for Elgin/Franklin as well as undertaking a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) determination study for electrical protection.


Graduate Contracts Engineer

University Attended: The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Degree Obtained: BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying


When I was searching for graduate development programmes, I wanted to work for a company bothlarge enough to give me the opportunity be involved with various exciting works and one with an excellent attitude towards providing training and support. Coming from a background in Quantity Surveying, I never had the best knowledge upon the technology used within the Oil & Gas Industry and was keen to learn more.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

In my one year at Total, I have already begun my CIPS Chartership Process and also have also been on various training courses. Some memorable courses include - Oil Exploration and Production, Offshore Survival Training, Drafting Commercial Contracts and an introductory course to Drilling and Completions Equipment. I also had the experience of visiting a land-based drilling rig near Pau in South-West France and seeing some of the equipment being operated first hand.

As a Contracts Engineer, I have worked on both operations and well services contracts and I was fortunate enough to be able to shadow and assist my team lead in relation to a contract award for two heavy duty jack up drilling rigs. One thing I have noted in my time at Total is the quick rise in the amount of responsibility I have been given, as I have been tasked with managing a multi -million pound rig services tender and also negotiating commercial and contractual agreements on several key contracts.

On the graduate development programme, I have experienced my first year within Contracts and Procurement and I am away to begin the first of my rotations, where I will visit Finance, HSE, and Projects. This is a tremendous opportunity for me to witness the cross-functional relationships between contracts and these specific areas.

The social aspect of working at Total is fantastic and I have already made many friends. I enjoy the competition of 5-a-side football on a Friday, especially as I used to swim competitively throughout school and university. Being a local lad, I probably don’t appreciate Aberdeen as much as I should, but there is a lot to offer in both the city and the shire. Last winter my fellow graduates encouraged me to take up snowboarding. Despite the initial falls and consequent bruises, it’s now something I enjoy doing and I am looking forward again to the winter.

I would encourage any student looking to begin a career within contracts and procurement to apply to Total’s graduate scheme as not only are the support, structure and opportunities immense, but there is also a great social aspect amongst many other benefits.


Graduate Geophysicist

University Attended: Leeds University/University of Surrey

Degree Obtained: MSc Exploration Geophysics/MPhys Physics

It wasn’t until my final year as an undergraduate that I considered a career in the Oil and Gas industry. After receiving a full scholarship from Total to study at Leeds University on the masters’ Geophysics course, I realised that a whole range of opportunities were possible with such a career.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

My first real insight into Total was on my 4 month masters’ placement. My postgraduate dissertation was a complete write-up of my work in Central Graben’s exploration team. Having a strong maths and physics background due to my undergraduate degree, I was very interested to try something different. Total provided me with a masters’ project that was strongly interpretation based, where I looked at the sealing capacity of the BCU over a large regional area in the CNS.

I didn’t join Total straight away after leaving university; I worked as a Processing Geophysicist for a service company down in London. After less than 18 months however I decided that this wasn’t quite right for me as I felt I wasn’t being challenged enough. Learning and developing what I had been taught in my degree was important to me. I was fortunate enough at that time Total invited me back to take a graduate Geophysicist position; again in an exploration team.

Since rejoining Total as a graduate I have been given a broad range of objectives, allowing me to put-to-use multiple Geophysics skills. To date I have overseen 3D PSDM processing flows, closely working with service companies, well calibrations and seismic interpretation both regionally and locally. My most enjoyable experience however has been working on a new prospect characterisation and working closely with senior geologists and geophysicists to learn new and interesting techniques to help me improve my own skills. Such characterisation has led to committee exploration meetings, with the intent of prospect development.

The graduate programme here at Total is an excellent and exciting starting point for anyone wanting a long career in the oil and gas industry. To work for and be training by one of the leading operators is a great opportunity, one which I certainly did not think twice about after being invited to re-join Total. I have found that the training given to graduates, both class-room and field trip based certainly builds on what is taught at university and strongly aids in developing your day to day work. Additionally, the benefits provided by an operator are usually unrivalled and Total is no exception – the Sports and Social Club for example offers a wide range of activities and outings, providing a great way to socialise with colleagues outside of your department.


Graduate Geologist

University Attended: University of Aberdeen/Durham University

Degree Obtained: MSc Integrated Petroleum Geosciences/MSci Geosciences

When I started the process of finding a job I was looking for a large international company which would challenge me and give me the experiences to help me develop as a geologist. Total is an international company which operates in varied and challenging environments and is recognised for its technical excellence with a well-developed graduate scheme – these factors all made Total a very attractive company to apply to.



My Time So Far At TOTAL

My first role was in the West of Shetland New Ventures team working on areas where we do not hold licenses. The highlight of this was being able to work on the 26th licensing round, preparing applications and presenting to Partners just a few months after starting work – Total throws you into work feet first, working independently on projects from day one, however, the technical support and training is definitely there to keep you on the right track and stop you from feeling lost.

I then embarked on generating a uniform regional synthesis over the whole area working closely with other members of the team before after a year and a half moving to the Exploration team where I worked on interpreting prospects and within a few weeks of being in this team I was presenting interpretations to managers and partners. I am now developing my skills as an Exploration Geologist working on more complex projects, with a plan in the future to also rotate through Operations and Development to gain a broad and rounded understanding of different aspects of the industry.

My work has definitely not just had me sat behind a desk and I have participated in many varied training courses and fieldtrips. Total has excellent in house training which really helps you to develop on the skills learnt at university. Two highlights of my training have been a field based sedimentology course in the Pyrenees, and a structural based course in the Alps. Not only are these training courses a great way to learn they also provide a great opportunity to meet with people from all over the world and at different stages of their career.

I have also had the opportunity to do many things within my role as a geologist that are outside of my daily work. During my first year I was given the task of organising a fieldtrip for the department to the Isle of Skye. I spent 2 ½ weeks offshore watching the reservoir section of an exploration well being drilled as well as witnessing a full suite of logging. As part of the graduate scheme I am a Stem Ambassador, as part of this I have presented at an Inverness Schools Day and helped out at an Energise your Future Event. Every graduate also gets the opportunity to go to Total Together in Paris which is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and learn more about the company. I have been learning French since I started with Total and have found it a great way to learn more about different cultures and a nice change from geology, as well as useful for trips to the headquarters!

Aberdeen has proven to be a great place to live with a great network of Young Professionals throughout the city. The surrounding countryside is excellent for those who like the outdoors with a whole range of activities including hiking, skiing, and fishing available. The city itself has something to offer everyone with theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, parks, multiple sports team, and the beach.




Graduate Process Engineer

University Attended: The University of Aberdeen

Degree Obtained: MEng Chemical Engineering First Class Honours

The TOTAL E&P UK Ltd graduate programme appealed to me due to the opportunity to work across various departments within the company and the possibility to progress a career abroad on completion of the graduate scheme.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

My first year at TOTAL E&P UK Ltd involved working in the Operations Department providing site support for Alwyn and Dunbar. My daily duties involved:

• Process monitoring using PI software and platform reporting tools

• Sizing calculations on equipment such as compressors, pumps and PSVs

• Acting as proponent engineer for class 2 modifications

I have visited the North Alwyn platform where I spent time with the operations team and conducted surveys for proposed modifications. This allowed me to get physically involved with the work I was progressing; giving me an insight to what is actually required and invaluable hands on experience.

As part of the graduate programme I will complete a number of rotational placements. I have recently started my first rotation at St Fergus gas plant and will be based here for three months. So far I have gained experience working in the control room which has given me an understanding of the numerous communication links with the Offshore Installations, the National Grid and outside shift teams. I have learnt about the implications that offshore has on the gas plant operation such as: trips, pigging, fluctuation in gas nominations, shutdowns and MeOH injection.

Out of the office, I have taken part in one of TOTAL's STEM events where I demonstrated the concept of pipeline pigging to school children at the Big Bang Science and Technology fair in Glasgow. It was an excellent opportunity to share the knowledge I have gained so far of the Oil and Gas industry to an entirely different and younger audience. This tested my ability to explain difficult concepts in a simple manner which can be understood by even those as young as 10 years old.

Aberdeen offers a number of open spaces including Duthie Park which has recently been renovated and now has a beautiful garden you can walk around. There are many hiking routes just outside the city, and the possibility to take part in winter sports with three ski resorts nearby. Total also offer a Sports and Social Club which promotes, organises and assists with social activities including discounted cinema and theatre tickets, aswell as bargain holiday packages abroad.

To anyone considering the graduate programme with TOTAL E&P UK Ltd I say grab it with both hands. This large, well recognised operator has so much to offer and the chance to experience all aspects of the oil and gas industry with guidance along the way. The knowledge and skills gained working across various departments over the three years is truly invaluable and will put you in a good position towards achieving your desired career in the future.


Finance Graduate

University Attended: University of Aberdeen/Heriot Watt University

Degree Obtained: MSc (Econ) Energy and Petroleum/MA (Hons) Economics and Finance

During University, I contemplated going into the banking sector having had practical experience. However whilst specialising in Energy in my education I enjoyed the dynamic and forefront aspect of the industry and my possible place in it.  I was especially drawn for a global operator, which could give the opportunities in career development and travelling which I wanted.


My Time So Far At TOTAL

I choose Total’s graduate scheme over others because of the level of responsibility they give which complements the requirements of the charter ship programme I am working towards, CIMA. I have been heavily exposed to three departments within Finance so far.  Currently I am a Financial Analyst reporting to the head office in Paris monthly, and preparing forecasts quarterly. I have found the role good for exposing myself, in part, to other departments and also to the group.  Total give excellent support for my Chartership status, funding all external training programmes for tuition and exam practice days, as well as being sympathetic during exam periods.

As part of my role I am also Treasurer of Total Sports & Social Club, an employee ran, club which seeks to encourage involvement of staff personal together outside of work. This gives me further essential experience for my log book as part of my chartered body. So far I have been on a weekend away at Gleneagles, done an aerial assault course, as well as attended various concert and theatre production events. I have also done lessons in French through Total which I have enjoyed.

There is plenty to do in Aberdeen and the surrounding area, and we have been fortunate enough to have gone skiing several times in my first year at weekends with fellow grads. As well as visiting some of the other natural beauties on our door step in Aberdeen. At night there is plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs to keep all tastes pleased. As graduates we have been very proactive outside of work. We regularly meet up at weekends for social activities, and many of us partake in group exercises classes at the gym provided by the company

Through a combination of Chartership support and responsibility laden work environment, I would not hesitate TEP UK’s finance programme to any individual from a numerical background who would like to embark on a challenging, but rewarding career.


Well Construction and Maintenance Graduate

University Attended: University of Exeter, Helsinki Univeristy of Technology and Robert Gordon Univeristy

Degree Obtained: MEng Mining Engineering and MSc Oil and Gas Engineering

Following completion of my first degree and several internships with International Mining companies, I took my first permanent position at Australia’s largest iron ore mine. I soon realised operations within an open cast mine were somewhat repetitive and I was feeling uninspired about my future in the mining sector. My role lacked variety and I was not being challenged – which I believe are both key aspects to maintain interest and motivation in your job.

I started looking to the oil and gas sector to find what was missing. Extracting oil and gas is a complex operation involving specialists from multiple sectors. The energy demand of the planet is also increasing rapidly, and exploration and production practice is evolving to keep pace. This evolution will involve advances in engineering knowledge with reinvention, creativity and adaptability – which are the reasons I was attracted to engineering in the first instance.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

I looked to Total during my MSc because they have proven to be an industry leader in this evolution on a global scale – not just in the North Sea. My experiences so far working within Total have exceeded my expectations. The company presents you with exciting opportunities to push your boundaries and advance your development, both personally and professionally.

I began initially in the Aberdeen office where I worked within a range of departments (drilling, completions and subsea) on a host of North Sea assets. I then moved to France to complete a six month training course with the Petroleum Institute of France. Using this knowledge, I started working offshore on a rotational basis for Total Nigeria for my second year. Working on a deepwater drillship gave me real exposure, and an opportunity to apply my engineering skills to an advanced deepwater operation.

The learning curve can be steep – within a few rotations in Nigeria I was asked to perform the role of Night Company Man. But these challenges bring out the best in you and rapidly advance your development if you rise up to meet the task at hand. I have finished my year in Nigeria, and am now starting my third year of the graduate program back in TEPUK Aberdeen office. I am working in the completions department to increase my knowledge of the design process – where I have already been given responsibility for upcoming wells.

For my third year I returned to Total UK and began work within the completions department. Here I worked on completion basis of design and operational planning. Again, a steep learning curve, but with my operational experience from Nigeria I was able to perform the task whilst continually developing my engineering skills.

Having just completed the graduate scheme, I now have full responsibility for the completion design, planning and operational readiness of several wells. I work with engineers from Geoscience, Production, Safety, Drilling, Materials and Procurement on a regular basis – delivering wells can be complex and challenging, but ultimately is a very interesting and team-driven job.

They say ‘work hard, play hard’. And this philosophy is respected within Total. There are multiple social events always ongoing here in the UK through various clubs and societies. In Aberdeen I have been able to continue participation in the sports I love – surfing , mountaineering and biking regularly. Also, my work schedule over the last two years has given me opportunity to travel both inside and outside of work. I’ve spent a lot of time in France, Nigeria and New Zealand. With other visits to Indonesia and Canada in between!


Graduate Project Engineer

University Attended: The University of Strathclyde

Degree Obtained: MEng Civil Engineering

When I was searching for a graduate job the main feature I was looking for was a structured graduate programme within a large company. I knew that if I found a company like this then I would be given the opportunity to fully develop my abilities as an engineer. Coming from a civil engineering background I was not necessarily destined to enter the oil and gas industry, however obtaining a job in this industry has been a fantastic and varied learning experience for me.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

During the completion of my first year with Total as a Project Engineer I have been exposed to a variety of challenging work tasks, including managing small projects and contributing to large projects in an onshore capacity, managing construction work offshore, representing Total as the client representative on-site, and attending many courses to increase my knowledge of various areas of the oil & gas industry.

As a Project Engineer my main role has been managing modifications to existing Total assets from initiation to close-out. This involves taking a scope of work and managing the engineering contractor to ensure that the final product of the project is delivered safely, on time and on budget. Following on from this I have been given more responsibility working as part of the project team on the major West Franklin project for Total. In this role I was responsible for creating an integrated plan for the offshore installation campaign. This was a rather complex exercise due to the large number of activities included in the campaign and the various parties that were required to complete these activities to ensure the project progressed as planned. Having the plan I created used in a major project installation campaign was a very rewarding moment for myself and reinforced the faith Total have in their graduates from the start.

In my first year I have also been given the chance to work offshore and on-site in a number of roles, ranging from construction superintendant to client representative. These roles were challenging as I was the point of contact for any queries on-site which exposed me to working in a high pressure environment. However, working at Total I always feel that I have the support of the Project team onshore and can ask for advice at any time. These experiences have encouraged me to seek out further opportunities to gain offshore/on-site experience as I feel it is the best environment to develop myself as an engineer.

Following the completion of my first year on the graduate programme, I am now embarking on two years of placements in various departments within Total. This is a very beneficial part of the graduate scheme as it gives you opportunities to develop as an engineer as well as gain experience of the Company as a whole. The graduate scheme is also very focused on engineers attaining chartership with their respective institution. Having this support has encouraged me to become very focused on gaining my chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The social aspect of working with a company like Total is also very attractive. Since moving to Aberdeen from Glasgow one year ago I have developed many friends through work, particularly through the graduate scheme. This has led to nights out, cinema trips and many more activities. I was also given the opportunity through Total to participate in the annual company football tournament staged in Perpignan, France. This was a great experience and allowed me to get a glimpse of the number of Total affiliates that exist worldwide that I could potentially work for in the future.

I would encourage any graduate interested in pursuing a career as a Project Engineer to apply to the Total graduate scheme. The scheme is well structured, offers and variety of challenges and focuses on your own individual development. 


Graduate Instrument Engineer

University Attended: Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

Degree Obtained: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

I achieved a MEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh before applying to join the graduate programme as an Instrument Engineer at TEP UK.  I started with the company in 2010 and am currently working as part of the Start-Up Team for the Shetland Gas Plant, on rotation in the Shetland Islands.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

When I finished University, I chose to apply after hearing through a friend about all the different opportunities that are available as part of the TEP UK graduate scheme, particularly the opportunity to work in various departments in order to develop my knowledge and gain valuable experience. Even back in 2010, it was clear with several major projects coming online in the next few years, that I could have a great future at one of the largest operators in the UK.

Since joining TEPUK I have worked in a number of different roles both in the main office in Aberdeen, as well as offshore on all the TEPUK platforms, as well as at the St Fergus Gas Terminal and more recently the Shetland Gas Plant. I have been exposed to a wide variety of work which I thoroughly enjoy, including Operational work for existing assets, as well as project work for existing and new assets.

From the start I have had real responsibility to produce results. In operational roles I have been able to solve both long term issues and day to day issues, develop and update maintenance strategies as well as manage modifications to plant. I would produce specifications for the work to be completed, witness testing at the vendor’s premises and arrange implementation on site. In project roles I have worked on medium size upgrade projects to existing assets and large upgrades, including the design and integration of two new wellhead platforms into an existing asset. Currently I am a discipline engineer as part of the Operations Start-Up team for Shetland Gas Plant, responsible for monitoring commissioning and ensuring the plant is started up in a safe manner, following all relevant procedures and best practice.

I relocated to Aberdeen when I started with Total. At first I was a bit apprehensive about living in an unfamiliar city, however this was soon forgotten. The culture within the company is excellent, and I soon made many friends. Aberdeen is very lively and with a large student population from the two universities, it is possible to do things any day of the week, including pubs, clubs, gyms, live music, comedians and sports. There is many sports clubs nearby that you can join and we are situated very close to Scotland’s five mountains with ski facilities in the winter and mountain biking in the summer, as well as multiple golf courses close by.

Any new graduate joining TEP UK will benefit from the variety of experiences on offer as well as gaining real responsibility early on in your career. If you are motivated and willing to push yourself, you will have an excellent career with TEP UK and potentially other Total affiliates overseas.



Graduate Mechanical Engineer

University Attended: The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Degree Obtained: MEng Mechanical Engineering

In my final year at The University of Strathclyde I decided to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry. This was based on my desire to work in a high paced industry with great prospects for learning, career progression and travel. When it came to applying to specific companies, Total ticked all of these boxes so I was delighted to hear that I had been accepted to start as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer. That was three years ago now and looking back I am confident that I made the right decision.

My Time So Far At TOTAL

Within the three year graduate programme one year is spent within your home department, so the discipline for which you are recruited into, and the following two years are spent completing placements within various areas of the company. During my graduate programme I spent three months with an engineering contractor working on projects for Total. This gave me a very useful insight as to how the engineering companies work and how they interface with an operator like Total. I also spent time working with specialists within the company and spent several months on site at a gas terminal.

During my time with Total I have held two rotational positions offshore, each where I was given a real job with real responsibility. This has been an excellent opportunity to gain experience working on the day to day operations aspect of the business. Very few companies are able to offer this experience to their graduates.

Having just completed the graduate programme I have moved back to my home department in Operations as a Rotating Equipment Engineer.  My role is to ensure the availability and reliability of critical rotating equipment such as oil pumps and gas compressors. The role combines the fast paced support and problem solving side of the industry with the more technical longer term work, and allows me to apply and develop the skills gained during my graduate programme.

In the future I hope to work internationally for Total, getting the unique experience to work and live all over the world.

Brand & Web Design by Hampton Associates