Engineering Chapter

​Civil & Structural

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 support maintenance of existing onshore operating facilities. Civil engineers are also involved with development of process plant layouts, location and site selection assessments and logistics support infrastructure for construction of facilities.

Geotechnical engineers are responsible for ensuring that the soil/rock interaction with onshore, nearshore and offshore infrastructure is appropriately safe and cost-effective to install and maintain.  Geotechnical engineers work across the opportunity lifecycle, from exploration, development, construction, production and decommissioning.  This involves desk studies, 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 facilities to ensure safe offshore operations for Woodside. Metocean engineers work across all phases of oil and gas development, 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 providing technical input into design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of Woodside's offshore facilities.  This includes offshore platform substructures 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 buildable, functional and reliable.

 

Drilling & Completions

The Drilling and Completions function (D&C) accept candidates from all engineering disciplines. In D&C we design and construct offshore wells to either explore for reserves or produce hydrocarbons from discovered reservoirs. As a Drilling or Completions engineer your job would involve working in a team to engineer a safe and efficient well design that intersects the reservoir, and allow hydrocarbons to be produced. You will be in charge of calculating and designing aspects of a well, either by hand or with the use of specialty software. You will also liaise with vendors to select equipment that meets your design specifications, and manage well construction operations for multi-million dollar projects and provide technical support. Alongside office work, your time in D&C will allow you opportunities to work offshore to gain valuable practical experience, both at home or abroad. A mix of training (both formal and on-the-job) will provide you with the skills you need for a successful career.

 

Environmental

Environmental engineers play an essential role in identifying and managing environmental risk across Woodside's assets. 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.

 

Instrumentation, Controls & Electrical Engineering

As a graduate in the instrumentation, controls & electrical engineering (ICE) 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.

 

Materials, Inspection & Corrosion

As a materials, inspection and corrosion (MIC) 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

As an upstream oil and gas 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 processing equipment and processes, 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

Naval architects manage all structural, stability, motion and mooring related issues associated with Woodside's current and future fleet off floating production storage and offloading (FPSOs) facilities 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. ​​​

Marine engineers manage marine systems including, propulsion, steering, cargo, ballast, steam, lifeboats and lifesaving equipment for our existing and future fleet of 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.

 

Petroleum/Reservoir

As a graduate Petroleum Engineer you will combine the latest computing and data science technology with traditional engineering techniques, mathematics, physics and geoscience to estimate how much oil and/or gas could be recovered from our reservoirs, and support the key investment decisions that shape Woodside’s future. You will work with other technical experts in supportive teams across the full breadth of oil and gas exploration, development and production. The work may involve evaluating exciting exploration opportunities or planning reservoir appraisal programs. You could plan and design the best wells to deliver maximum future production and revenue to Woodside. Working as part of a large project team, you could help place complex wells deep into our reservoirs. You may be involved in the continuous monitoring of one of our producing fields, looking to maximise daily flow rates to deliver the oil and gas that supplies our local and global markets. In this role you will look for opportunities to recover more oil and gas from our fields, updating reservoir simulation models and supporting the business in their choices for investment dollars. You will be encouraged to travel to our operating sites, including offshore installations in Australia and abroad, to gain firsthand operations experience in process, production and drilling. Working together with well engineering, geology, data science and technology, subsea and pipelines, commercial and other corporate teams will enhance your career development. 

 

Process/Chemical

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 to support many other areas of the business where their general engineering skills can be used to improve the way the business works.

 

Safety & Risk

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' lifecycle and have a key role in liaising with government regulatory authorities.  As a safety & risk engineer typical activities you 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 & ​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.

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