Jola

Maintenance Engineer

Location: Port-Harcourt, Nigeria
Degree: Masters of Science
Start Date: 26th September 2016
"It’s pretty amazing to see your ideas make someone’s work life better and reduce the cost of service delivery. "
Jola

Can you briefly describe your career to date?
It’s been full of new challenges, a lot of learning, adapting to new environments, challenges and people, and making new friends.

What attracted you to us, and why did you decide to join?
The training has definitely been one of the most interesting aspects of my time at Schlumberger so far.

Can you describe a typical day for you?
I am at the base from around 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After a morning meeting, I work in the yard with the Maintenance/Electrical Technicians troubleshooting and learning every day. This helps me to see any bottlenecks in processes and propose more efficient solutions. My role also covers Ghana and the Ivory Coast so I have meetings with the Maintenance Supervisor in those locations.

What do you enjoy most about working here?
Travelling and meeting other trainees from all over the world, and learning with them for 12 weeks. We bonded over long nights of studying, team building exercises and pumping in freezing weather conditions!

What is the working environment like?
One of the greatest things is that you always work in a team. I have been very fortunate to work in a very strong team who fully trust each other.

Think back to when you first started...what surprised you the most?
How heavy my steel-toe boots were!

What support is available to you at Schlumberger?
My maintenance manager is amazing and I’ve had great mentors both as a Field Engineer and a Maintenance Engineer. Generally, any team you work with treats you like family.

I also draw a lot of strength from the friendships I’ve made—particularly with women. They come from all over the world and are fellow engineers in an industry that’s mostly male dominated.

What is the contribution you make in your role? How does it make you feel?
As a Maintenance Engineer, some of my duties are to improve on equipment reliability, conduct failure investigations, perform root cause analysis, improve on process efficiency, and implement continuous improvement initiatives across the segment. It’s pretty amazing to see your ideas make someone’s work life better and reduce the cost of service delivery.

What advice would you give to a young woman considering a field role today?
Never feel awkward. Just be yourself, ask loads of questions—everyone is willing to teach you and work hard. Don’t try to do what you physically cannot do just to prove a point. Have fun and network a lot. In fact, women have characteristics that make them perfect for the field—dexterity and patience are just two of them.