Borderless Careers

Date: 08/09/2012

Meet Livonia, Maintenance Engineer

Location: Aberdeen, UK
Degree: Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering
Institute: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Start Date: 2007

“I love the fact that I can be involved in a project from start to finish, and I know that the work I am doing will add value to the company.”

Livonia grew up in Texas and has always had a passion for travelling and trying new things. She loves being outside and regularly plays soccer. Before working at Schlumberger she studied for a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering, and gained work experience through several internships.

Describe your experiences of the Schlumberger recruitment process.
I first learnt about Schlumberger at a career fair. I submitted my CV and was called for an interview. The questions the recruiter asked me were thought provoking and interesting—you could tell even then that Schlumberger was an innovative company. I then had my second interview—it was a challenging day but I was glad to get an offer at the end of it. I happily accepted and started work in Sugarland, Texas.


Please give an overview of your career so far.
I started out as a Manufacturing Process Engineer where I became certified in Yellow and Green belt Six Sigma training. I learnt about supply chain manufacturing, and was involved in projects that examined how downhole tools could be made more efficiently.

Next, I joined the field side of the company and relocated to Mexico. I worked on natural gas rigs and ran measurement while drilling (MWD) tools. I was only there for a short time before Schlumberger offered me the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. As a result I took an educational leave of absence and returned as a Maintenance Engineer. I am now based in Aberdeen, UK.

Can you describe your current role?
I work in a team on the front line of redesigning a shop floor into a linear flow process. I lead teams towards a common goal while developing a culture of continuous improvement. I work with many different people and I aim to empower the field technicians to improve their work areas using a variety of techniques. I also work on reducing turnaround time for drilling tools in order to have them serviced and ready for offshore jobs as efficiently as possible.

The most crucial skill required to be a Maintenance Engineer is definitely good communication. This is vital to ensuring that all members of the team are onboard and understand any necessary changes.

I love the fact that I can be involved in a project from start to finish, and I know that the work I am doing will add value to the company. Also, being able to change the thought process of employees that have been working in the company for 20 years is very rewarding!

What are your thoughts on the Schlumberger training program?
I have taken over 60 modules and courses online and in the classroom. The courses vary from technical writing to people management. I have used the skills and knowledge attained to help promote efficiency in my work and in my daily life.

What advice would you give to a young person considering becoming a Maintenance Engineer?
If you’re not afraid of a challenge then being a part of Schlumberger is an excellent opportunity to grow and expand your horizons—you quickly learn your strengths and weaknesses, what you most enjoy about working in this industry, and what you want to aim for long term. You get to use your hands and your brain, and you are never ever bored. Being a Maintenance Engineer is an adventure and once you have accepted the challenge, you can do anything.

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