Program Disciplines

Technical Disciplines


Civil and Structural Engineering

At Woodside, Civil and Structural Engineering encompasses the disciplines of Civil, Geotechnical, Metocean and Structural (onshore; nearshore and port infrastructure; and offshore structures). 

Civil Engineers are involved with support of maintenance of Woodside’s existing operating facilities in our onshore processing plants and facilities.  Civil Engineers are also involved with development of process plant layouts, location and site selection assessments, definition of enabling and logistics support infrastructure for construction of facilities.

Geotechnical Engineers are responsible for ensuring that the soil/rock interaction with Woodside’s onshore, nearshore and offshore infrastructure is appropriately safe and cost-effective.  Geotechnical Engineers work across the opportunity lifecycle, from exploration, development, construction, production and decommissioning.  This involves desk study, scoping the collection of geotechnical and geophysical site investigation data, geotechnical site characterisation, management of contractors and assurance of their work.  Geotechnical Engineers interface closely with a range of other disciplines including Geohazards Analysts, Offshore and Onshore Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers as well as Drilling, Subsea and Pipelines and GeoTechnical Operations (GTO).

Metocean Engineers are responsible for establishing robust, extreme, and operating criteria for all developments and producing assets to ensure safe offshore operations for Woodside. Metocean Engineers work across the opportunity lifecycle, from exploration, development, construction, production and decommissioning and execute numerical modelling and field measurement campaigns to deliver the required criteria. Metocean Engineers interface closely with a range of other disciplines including Offshore and Onshore Structural Engineers as well as Drilling, Subsea and Pipelines and Seismic Acquisition.

Onshore Structural Engineers are involved with support of maintenance of Woodside’s existing operating facilities in both the onshore processing plants, and the nearshore jetty and wharf facilities.  The onshore Structural Engineers are also involved with planning of marine facilities for Greenfield projects and technology development associated with modularisation designs for onshore facilities.

Offshore Structural Engineers are responsible for managing and provide technical input into the design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of Woodside’s offshore structures.  This includes substructures similar to the North Rankin B jacket and topside processing structures on fixed and floating facilities.  Structural Engineers integrate geotechnical, metocean, process, mechanical, safety and environmental requirements to deliver an offshore structure which is buildable, functional and reliable.


Data Science

Woodside’s Data Science team central focus is on implementing state-of-the-art analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to derive insights from data. Insights found are then adopted assisting Woodside to drive progressive change. The team is broken down to three major components; optimization, a team which aims to derive new and creative ways to further business opportunities; Production Analytics, which analyses existing processes and then construct new methods to improve upon our current operating abilities; and Cognitive Science, a group the implements techniques to drive value out of unconventional and unstructured data sources. Through the graduate program you will rotate to gain exposure throughout these different divisions. Solutions you will work on with benefit the company throughout all of the diverse functions 

Drilling and Completions

The Drilling and Completions function (D&C) accepts candidates from all engineering disciplines. We design and construct Woodside's well assets to maximise the value of hydrocarbon production from oil and gas reservoirs. The dynamic work environment in D&C will provide graduates the opportunity to extend their professional development through experience with engineering design, wellsite operations and contract management for high value activities. A position in D&C provides opportunities for both office based and offshore drilling rig assignments, and is a heavily team oriented work environment.

Environmental Engineering

Within Woodside, Environmental Engineers play an essential role in identifying and managing environmental risk across Woodside's assets throughout their full life cycle. You will be the interface between external stakeholders (regulators, government organisations, local communities etc.) and the project development effort, ensuring Woodside's proposed developments meet with broad stakeholder acceptance. The work focuses on concept design and specification; preparation of scopes of work; inputting into basis of design documents; support of environmental approvals and stakeholder engagement processes; managing technical studies; advice and verification during detailed design, construction and operations; and maintenance of engineering standards.


Geomatics is the discipline covering the acquisition, management, analysis and delivery of geospatial information. This covers the fields of surveying, GIS, geospatial data management, cartography, remote sensing, and geodesy. Within Woodside, Geomatics is responsible for planning, executing and managing surveys, the provision of positioning services, the management and usage of geospatial information and technology across the company, as well as providing geodetic advice. Geomatics works across the entire hydrocarbon exploration and production lifecycle due to its critical dependency on geospatial data.


Geoscientists at Woodside will be involved in exploring for oil and gas in the sub-surface and working with engineers to develop resulting discoveries. Geoscientists in Woodside use seismic data and geological data acquired while drilling to carry out regional studies, asset-based exploration and development of discovered hydrocarbons. Geoscientists also work in a range of specialist technology groups, responsible for acquisition, processing and quantitative analysis of seismic data, characterisation, prediction and sequence stratigraphy of reservoirs, hydrocarbon charge modelling and structural interpretation.

Instrumentation, Controls and Electrical Engineering (ICE)

As a graduate in the ICE engineering disciplines, you will work in a multi-disciplinary engineering team and will be primarily responsible for front line engineering support for instrumentation, control systems and electrical systems on Woodside's onshore and offshore operating facilities. Such support will include troubleshooting, investigation and optimisation of equipment and work processes to maximise longer-term integrity and availability of the facilities.



Logistics Analysts have an opportunity to effect change through innovation and continual improvement in the dynamic oil and gas industry. The Logistics function safely, effectively and efficiently provide services across Woodside to ensure movement of people and materials are delivered to where they are needed. You will be challenged to provide logistics solutions for offshore, onshore, subsea, drilling and major projects for both our Australian as well as international operations. You will learn from experienced industry leaders, and play an integral role in a global logistics networks that encompasses aviation, marine, materials and facilities management. 

Materials, Inspection and Corrosion Engineering 

As a Materials Engineer, you can expect to get involved in materials selection, corrosion engineering and integrity management across Woodside’s assets. You will play a critical role in ensuring safe and reliable operation of our producing facilities throughout their lifecycle by ensuring the selection of appropriate materials, effective management of corrosion and the implementation of optimised inspection strategies. Involvement in these activities will be both challenging and rewarding and will expose you to the many technical issues faced by our producing onshore, offshore and subsea assets and to those associated with the development of new facilities.

Mechanical Engineering

As a global focused upstream and downstream production company with both offshore and onshore facilities, there are a wide variety of opportunities for mechanical engineering graduates covering the breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline. These include regular opportunities for travel to operational sites, troubleshooting problems on static and rotating equipment, optimising the plant and process, participating in the overhaul of major equipment, developing detailed scope of work documents, managing contracts, liaising with vendors, conducting feasibility studies, and participating in major design projects. 

Naval Architecture/ Marine Engineering

Naval Architects manage all structural, stability, motion and mooring related issues associated with Woodside’s current and future fleet of Floating Production Systems (e.g. FPSOs) and are also integral to maintaining Class and Marine Statutory compliance.  Naval architects are also involved with mooring of drilling rigs and all aspects of offshore installation, construction and decommissioning operations. You will have the opportunity to get exposure to numerous parts of Woodside’s business.

Marine Engineers manage Marine systems including, propulsion, steering, cargo, ballast, steam, Lifeboats and Lifesaving equipment for our existing and future fleet of Floating Production Systems (e.g. FPSOs) for the full life cycle of the facilities from concept design through to operations and decommissioning, continually ensuring compliance with all Marine Statutory and Class requirements. You will have the opportunity to get exposure to numerous parts of Woodside’s business.

We aim for highest efficiency and quality in all we do.

Petroleum Engineering

Petroleum Engineers contribute to the effective management of Woodside’s oil and gas fields during appraisal, development, and throughout operation. Our Petroleum Engineers recommend reservoir appraisal programs, optimise reservoir drainage plans and monitor reservoir performance throughout field life. They assess new opportunities for producing reservoirs and optimise flow through Woodside’s integrated production systems to maximise value. A typical day in the life of a graduate Petroleum Engineer at Woodside might range from running dynamic reservoir simulations, travelling offshore to support a well testing campaign or supporting plant operators to implement production start-up and optimisation plans. Our engineers are encouraged to gain experience in diverse areas such as well engineering, subsea and pipelines, commercial and corporate affairs to enhance their career development.

Process/Chemical Engineering

Process engineers at Woodside have the opportunity to support two LNG processing plants based in Karratha, WA, or to support one of several offshore oil or gas facilities. Process engineers have the opportunity to be involved in the conceptual and detailed design, installation, commissioning and startup of new projects – both onshore and offshore. Process Engineers are also sought out to support many other areas of the business where their general engineering skills can be used to improve the way the business works.

Safety and Risk Engineers

Safety risk engineers at Woodside come from various engineering disciplines and interface widely with other engineers and management to ensure that safety is adequately considered in the design of facilities. This discipline provides an opportunity to gain breadth of experience as well as strong communication and influencing skills. Safety risk engineers support all phases of our assets’ lifecycles from new technology evaluation and concept development through to operations and decommissioning and have a key role in liaising with government regulatory authorities. Typical activities that graduates may participate in include safety focused design workshops; risk-based decision making; safety system design; fire, explosion, and gas dispersion analysis; qualitative and quantitative risk assessments; safety case development; human factors engineering and process safety performance management.

Subsea and Pipelines

The Subsea and Pipelines (SSPL) function manages Woodside’s extensive network of subsea and pipeline infrastructure. SSPL supports all phases of asset life cycle from assessing development opportunities, executing projects, and operating and maintaining producing assets. As a graduate engineer in the SSPL function, you will be exposed to all the technical disciplines within subsea and pipelines engineering, with involvement in activities including project management, engineering, construction and technical support to operations. You will be faced with many unique and interesting challenges, which may include working in deep water with remotely operated vehicles, managing asset integrity with high pressure and temperature well stream fluids, or working with new and emerging technologies in the subsea market. 

Non-Technical Disciplines

Commercial & Trading

The Commercial & Trading Function supports value creation and value delivery activities in Woodside, including investment analysis, exploration transactions, equity transactions, project agreements, joint venture management, product sales and trading and shipping-related transactions. As a graduate in the Commercial & Trading Function you will receive broad business exposure and the opportunity to contribute to the identification, development and execution of business opportunities through strategy development, investment & market analysis and the negotiation, award and management of contracts. 

Contracting & Procurement

The Contracting & Procurement function supports value creation and delivery across Woodside by managing third-party spend. As a graduate in the C&P function, you will receive broad business exposure and development opportunities throughout the contracting lifecycle – Strategy and Planning, Execution and Award, and Contract and Supplier Management. As a graduate, you will be involved in various C&P roles across the different functions and business units.


Corporate Affairs

The Corporate Affairs function supports Woodside’s reputation as a socially responsible operator.  Woodside engages with stakeholders and communities wherever we are active.  The team manages a diverse range of areas including government relations, media and communications, community relations, indigenous affairs, social investment and sustainability reporting. Graduates will have the opportunity to gain experience in these areas.  


Environmental Sciences

Graduates in the Environment area will be part of a team that work together to provide Woodside with strategic leadership, direction and technical knowledge required to manage environmental performance. Opportunities are varied and may include roles in project approvals and environmental impact assessment, environmental management of seismic, drilling, construction, commissioning and operations activities, as well as functional roles setting internal standards and direction. 


The Woodside Finance function provides financial business partnering, financial management and accounting support to Woodside's business. As a finance graduate you will annually rotate through the finance function to build your knowledge of the various aspects of finance and of the Woodside business including Management, Financial and Statutory Accounting, Budgeting and Forecasting, Financial Systems and Processes accounting activities. Finance graduates are an integral part of our finance community and the graduate program is designed to lay the foundations for a long and successful career with Woodside.


Health and Safety

Woodside is committed to excellent Health and Safety performance, with an aspiration to achieve top quartile global health and safety performance. Our Health and Safety graduates and vacation students work in a world class environment that encompasses the full Oil and Gas lifecycle, from Exploration to Decommissioning (and everything in between). You will be working within supportive teams and mentored in a range of disciplines such as human factors, process safety, occupational health, occupational hygiene, and health and safety. We are looking for motivated and innovative new talent to help us take our health and safety performance to the next level in a changing world. 

Human Resources

The HR function partners with the business to drive engaged and enabled people to deliver Woodside’s strategic direction. As a graduate in the Human Resources function you will receive broad opportunities to be involved in; policy and remuneration, recruitment, employee relations, leadership and capability development and performance management.

Information Management, Information Technology and Information Systems

As a graduate in Woodside’s Information Solutions and Services (IS&S) team, you will be dedicated to the delivery and support of information technology solutions and the provision of information management services that enable Woodside’s business to operate. Roles are challenging and diverse, with the opportunity to touch on all aspects of Information Technology and Information Management, including systems analysis, application development, information security, business intelligence, enterprise content management and infrastructure provisioning. Graduates from a wide range of courses including Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Engineering commerce, business, science, mathematics or arts degree may consider a role within IS&S as we are seeking to develop analysts with diverse skill sets and a strong business and customer focus. 


As a Graduate in the Quality area, which is part of the companies larger HSEQ function, you will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of discipline areas from Contracting, Procurement and Engineering through to Project Execution and Operations, potentially in onshore, offshore or international environments. The Quality team support the company's strategic direction by developing and implementing quality plans that recognise and mitigate risk whilst driving improvement. Developing and applying schemes of surveillance inspection, validation and verification to support regulatory and company requirements is a key aspect of this role, along with ensuring that quality management systems of suppliers have been deployed effectively.


Security and Emergency Management

Graduates in security and emergency management (S&EM) work with the business to support the strategic direction, KPIs and business processes required to manage emergency and crisis prevention, preparedness, response and recovery (PPRR). In a continually changing risk environment S&EM work with the business to build resilience against foreseen and unforeseen events through the development of plans and procedures and the delivery of training and exercises.  They will also develop knowledge in international security, gain exposure to fraud and corruption cases and learn how to apply risk methodology including facilitation of risk assessment workshops and associated processes. S&EM coordinates and maintains PPRR performance internally with operational and non-operational facilities. As a graduate in the S&EM you will receive broad company exposure and the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of Woodside’s efforts to build and maintain business resilience.