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Cassie's Creative Catalyst
Cassie's Creative Catalyst

Season 2, Episode 2 · 11 months ago

Careers, Networking, and Internships, Oh My

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In this episode, I talk about career fairs, networking, and what I learned during my time as a process safety management engineer intern! The additional info on the risk matrix and the piping and instrumentation diagrams will be posted by 12/22/2020.

Note: Chemical Engineering Podcast

Hey guys, this is cassie the host ofCassy's creative catalyst, I'm in the process of sending out applications formy first full time, engineering job. So I thought it would be helpful to talkabout some of the experiences I've had at career affairs. The network INGOpportunities I've used and what I learned from my internship career farescan be overwhelming, especially your first one. There are tons of peoplemilling around over a dozen companies to talk to, and on top of it all, youhave to sell yourself to these companies in a way. They'll remember so.The first thing I'm going to say is breep. You will have a much better timeif you prep a little beforehand. My friend and I would spend the nightbefore career, fair checking our resumes researching the companiespracticing our introductions and picking our outlits. This help takesome of the stress away from the day of because we knew that we lookeprofessional both in appearance and on paper, and we had some talking pointsfor the recruiters. Regardless of how much we prepared, we always had prefairditners. That first interview was always nerve. Rocky Woul, you rememberwhat to say: Do you know enough about...

...the position you're interviewing, for Ialways like to refresh my memory on what product the company makes, whattheir big projects are and if they've had any recent breakthroughs. This wayyou can ask if the plant you're interviewing with is involved in any ofthose projects. It's going to get the recruiters talking about this stuff,because you can gauge how they feel about it. They will also gage yourinterest in the company during these conversations. So take it for me, don'tfit it too much take notes, make eye contact and, if you're sitting in aspinting chair, make a very conscious effort to not spin on it. I feail tomake the SEFFOR during my first interview- and I realized about fifteenminutes in that I had not stopped moving since ihad sat down. It was agood lesson to learn, but it certainly wasn't the most professional thing.I've ever done during these interviews pay attention to how the recruiterstreat you their hiring partner and how they speak about the company. My Mamaalways reminds me that they're not just seeg, if you're a good fit for thecompany Youre, seeing if they are going t fit for you. If you don't like howtheyr are cruiters conducting...

...themselves during the career, fairinterview or any correspondence you have with them afterwards, you don'thave to continue seeking employment with them. You want to make a goodimpression on them, so you'll be considered for the job and it's okay tohold the company to the same standards they hold you to. However, mostrecruiters accare affairs and interviews are extremely nice andProfessional. I've had far more good experiences Tan bad ones. I would alsorecommend going to a career fair with a friend, if possible, it's always somuch fun to check in between interviews. You get to talk about what you liked,what you did it like, who you want to check out next, it's kind of like arapid fire dbrief that cements what just happened in your mind, whilekeeping you excited to visit the other boose, and if your friend found areally good company that you didn't know about, you can kind of add them toyour list. So you don't miss a good opportunity outside of career fairs.Friends are a great way to start networking. We all laugh at the trokeof my cousin's friends sister said, but when it comes to networking, that'spretty much how it works. I've sent out...

...resumes to companies that mygrandparents have worked for, and companies that my dad's friends haveworked for. I even sent one out to a company that my best friend's uncleused to work for networking usually only means that people look at yourRisean Ma a little closer the most, and sometimes it boosts you into theinterviewing process, but that little boost can make a big difference.Networking is actually how I got my first internship. I spend a summerinterning as a processe safety management engineer, otherwise known asa PSM engineer at a company my grandpa had worked at as a sophomore in college.I was beyond overwhelmed. I still fairly knew what a chemical engineercould do, but I was excited because I heard good things about the company andthe people that work there. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I still carryaround the safety coin. They gave me after I had completed my hiringtraining. The Safety Coin Not only reminds me of how important safety isin industry. It reminds MOU the exact moment. I knew without a doubt that Iwanted to be a chemical engineer. The safety coint also reminds me to bethankful for the mentors I had in the...

...experiences they gave me as a processsafety engineer. I updated standard operating procedures, pyping anintrimetation diagrams safety acarforts in rot and reviewed management ofchanged paperwork. These were all inerconnected and could be prompted byoperator, concern consultant recommendation or a near Mr incinentreport. Many plants invite operators to bring up any safety concerns they haveabout operating a process or about the flow of movement through themanufacturing plant. This is extremely beneficial because the operators arethe ones who are working in this area every single day. As an engineer, it iscrucial to remember that you don't know as much as the person who is operativeh process for twenty years, just because a design as safe on paperdoesn't mean that the operators haven't found a reason for concern during aprocess. Hazard analysis engineers from other plants within the company, aswell as outside engineers, will come in to examine a process and now anyconcert that they see. This allows the...

...plant to identify issues that they mayhave not originally considered due to constant exposure. This process must bedone every five years based on oceans requirements, and it must be donebefore a new process can be approved for ouse representatives from suppliersmay also visit and make recommendations on how to store the material theysupply near Mis reports are filed any time an operator could have beeninjured or any time the equipment or the environment could have been damagedwhen the injury or damage actually did occur. An incident report was filledout that contained the findings of an incident investigation. Thisinvestigation looked for all possible causes of the incident. During thisinternship, I was taught that it was important to not blame anyone for theincident because it creates an environment where operators don't wantto address certain incidents or they don't want to talk about incidents thathave already happened, because they feel like you're out to get them evenif Human Eric did occur. It is important to realize that there wereinadequate safeguards in the process that allowed the incident to betriggered by human error. However,...

...before any changes can occur, a meetingneeds to take place about the management of change. This meetinginvolves psm department, the manager of the operation and any other engineersthat would work on the process and an operator that is knowledgeable aboutthe process. There are other people that may be called in, such asadditional safety department, environmental engineers or outsidecontract or familiar with the process during this meeting or meetings dependson the circumstances. The changes to the process are discussed, make surethat the new changes are up to the standard cept by Osha EPA and othergoverning agencies, and to ensure that the changes are safer than the previousdesign and do not introduce any unnecessary brisks or hazards. We use awrisk matrix to determine how likely it is that an incident will occur and howmuch damage will occur if they happens, oppose a matrith on my instagram andwebsite with an explanation on how to...

...read it. When a change happens within aprocess, the standard operating procedures need to be updated. Theseprocedures detail how the equipment works, sturing, startup, everydayroutines, shut down and emergency shut down. The processes should contain,step by step instructions in simple terms that they can easily be followedwithout misinterpretation. The necessary instrumentation and equipmentshould be noted within the operating procederes to insure proper operationsare conducted at the proper location. If a new piping instrumentation such asvalves controls or equipment, is added to a process, the piping ingimitationdiagrams must be updated and put on a mainteance schedule. These diagrymsallow engineers and operators to easily identify what pipes, valves and otherinstrumentation are connected to a piece of equipment. We use thesediagrams to show where our alarms are what the alarms are for, what types ofvalves and pipes are used and what part of the process they are connected to.These diagrams allow engineers to...

...determine how to isolate parts of theprocess that need maintenance, how the valves operate in an emergency and more.These diagrams are used as a reference when updating or designing a process,I'll post a piping, an instrumentation diagram on my instagram and website,with an explanation of how to read it once these changes have taken place andhave been approved by all of the members of the management of ChangeCommittee, the paperwork assigned operators are trained and the proof oftraining, standard, operating procedures, typing intrementationdiagrams and the specifications of any new equipment added to the process areattached to a management of change form and file. So they can easily bereferenced if the management of change happened as a result of a safety actionrecommendation, the recommendation is closed and the management of change isreferenced. If the management of change addressed a safety actionrecommendation attached to a near Misr instant report, a copy of themanagement of change is attached to the report. The report can be closed onceall safety action recommendations are addressed by a management of change orby a documented RESA saying why no...

...change was made. The reason I mentionedall of this is because they'r things that I learned long before they came upin class and now that I've seen them in class and in aicat training modules. Istill firmly believe that I learned more practical information from myinternship and now happened an any job. My internship also taught me a varietyof SOLF skills that I've grown into over the last few years and Mey me morewilling to ask questions more willing to look at the cause of safetyincidents, and it gave me a reason to keep being a chemical engineer. Ilearned how to Research Materos for plan use, talk to potential suppliersand how to work with operators on conflicting issues. I was also luckybecause the company I entered for allowed me to come back and watch how aCHASAP is conducted. I got to meet the head engineer at the company duringthis experience and I was able to learn how engineers look at the operations ofcontrollers, alarms, motors and more as a Sophomore College. This went way overmy head, but I am thankful to the...

...experience because it showed me what Icould expect further down the line. Internships are about learning things.The classroom just can't teach you my biggest downfall during my internshipexperience was not looking for Moren opportunities to learn. They were therebut me being the lost sophomore. I was had no idea what to look for how to askand thet. I wasn't going to be a burden. If I asked I held myself back from alot of opportunities without realizing it and that's whan hundred percent onme, so, regardless of if you're networking applying to jobs or workingas an entern, you should remember that if you want to learn something new, ifyou want involved in a project, you should ask the worst thing they can sayis no thanks for listening. If you've enjoyed this podcast and have anyquestions, comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you, you can contactme on instagram at Cassi's, undersware, creative underswore, catalyst by emailat cassie's, creative Cattalus Aglcom, or on my website at cassie's, creativecat dot, Wik sitecom forward. My sigt.

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