Student work experience – Dylan Whittaker

By 15th November 2017Students Say
What kind of things were you doing day to day in your work experience?
In my week at Phillips 66, I worked at many different stations, in lots of different departments. For the first few days I worked in the offices, where I got insight into how the facility is controlled and how data is handled. I was also taken through the programs and methods with staff, as well as current apprentices that are working at Phillips.
I got a good understanding of the scheduling and planning of the facility and how everything works together. Over the next few days, I was introduced to the chemical, electrical and mechanical departments. I was shown around the refinery and even had the opportunity to climb the highest point. Whist walking around, I was taught the processes for how the refinery operates and so much more.
Do you feel as if you learnt a lot in your time there that could be useful in later life?
I learnt how the processes around an oil refinery works as well as a lot about the industry in general. I feel as if I’ve learnt a lot of valuable information that will help me succeed in the future. I learnt how engineering as a subject will be useful to me as it opens me up to more opportunities. Having a week at Phillips 66 widened my view of the spectrum of different careers which are available to me.
What was your favourite thing you did/saw?
I loved going on site to give the team a hand in the mechanical department. I was tasked with checking the online database for anything on the refinery that needed to be checked and looked at, before going on site to have a look at the designated part. After getting the required information we had to log it back into the system at the offices for further analysis. This was great for me as it felt like I was a part of the company.
Has your work experience has given you an idea of the career you want?
Gaining work experience has opened my mind to the many different careers available in engineering, and has confirmed to me that that’s the path I want to go down. It has shown me that all aspects of engineering, specifically in the refinery department, are interesting and exciting and are worth pursuing a career in.
Do you think the UTC can help you get where you want to be?
The UTC gives students so many opportunities, especially with its connections to companies for both work experience and advice. The UTC has specifically engaged with the companies we want to speak to as students, and has helped me get into the right head space to engage with my potential employees for a successful career.

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