Nadia Domanski

Mechanical Sustaining Engineer

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering
  • Bath, University of
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • Schlumberger

What was the interview process like?

I received a placement offer after attending an insight course called “Women in Technology” where, as part of a three day course, we had group projects and case studies as well as talks from engineers who worked in different areas of the company.

How much responsibility were you given?

A lot! I was surprised at how much responsibility we were given as interns, we were expected to deliver on many different projects and keep to timelines. I definitely felt like I was treated as a proper employee, not as a student.

What advice would you give to someone applying for your role?

A strong technical foundation is a must, but being able to display engineering skills outside of your University course is even more important. Being passionate about technology, design and engineering was seen very favourably by the managers and recruiters. Finally, be prepared to work hard!

What has been your biggest challenge?

When I first came to Schlumberger I had no experience of industry and was therefore quite nervous, but equally very excited. Overcoming my shyness and giving presentations to senior personnel was definitely a challenge. It was completely daunting at first but my confidence has skyrocketed this year.

Where has your experience exceeded your expectations?

Being an intern at Schlumberger has exceeded my expectations in nearly every area. It was really important to me not to be on a placement doing menial tasks and sitting on excel for a year, but that was definitely not the case.

What did you most enjoy about your role?

As the year progressed I enjoyed being given problems that nobody had solved before. Being able to apply what I learnt in the first two years of University in actual situations was fun… who knew Laplace equations had real life applications!

Describe a situation where you surpassed expectations.

I was asked to work with someone on a different team on a field failure, where we had 24 hours to diagnose, investigate and fix a tool failure in Mexico. It was extremely fast paced and hard work, I never expected to be invited to do something like this.

What was the atmosphere like in your team?

The atmosphere was fantastic; everybody was really supportive and always willing to sit down and answer your questions even if it is something trivial... but they knew how to have a laugh too as they all had a great sense of humour!

What were the activities outside of work?

There is a great social scene outside of work, plenty of trips to look forward to at the weekend. I was also encouraged to get involved in lots of sports and I’m even looking forward to my first triathlon later this year.

How promising are the graduate prospects?

There are so many different opportunities available to suit whatever lifestyle you are looking for, either working in Schlumberger’s technology centres or out in the Field running the tools at the wellsite. The internship is a fantastic stepping stone to future careers all over the world.

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