Growing our most important resources

Our business is built on diminishing resources, however the ideas, the skills and expertise we rely on continues to expand as new generations of young minds join the energy challenge.

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Growing our most important resources
They come as vacation students, trainees, apprentices and graduates.

Between November and February ExxonMobil Australia brings in high-performing university students to our Vacation Program, where they get to work on real engineering projects.

“The competition for these positions is always intense,” said Operations Technical Reservoir Engineer Ruth Tupper. “Each year we receive about 800 applicants for the positions.

“The quality of these students is outstanding which makes the selection process quite a challenge.

“The Engineering Graduate Recruitment Team goes through all the applications and selects a long list who are then interviewed here in Docklands and at universities across the country. From the first-round interviews we select a short list who come for a second interview and then we select the group for the year.

“This year we selected 22 vacation students who got to work on projects across our Gippsland operations, Altona Refinery and Yarraville Terminal.

“The vacation student program forms the basis of our graduate selection process.”

This year ExxonMobil also received a new intake of apprentices from Federation Training and WPC Group.

They will complete training in a range of fields, including mechanical and electrical at the Longford Plants and Long Island Point.

One of the LIP apprentices, Thomas Mutimer, is the fourth generation of his family to work on our Gippsland operations. His father, Paul, is an Operations Supervisor, at LIP, his grandfather, Ron Mutimer, worked at the Barry Beach Marine Terminal and his great grandfather worked on the Glomar III drillship.

“The Mutimer family epitomises the generational renewal that is the beating heart of our operations,” said Long Island Point Manager David McCord.

“Our facilities rely on highly-skilled jobs such as geoscientists, engineers, technicians and operators. These are skillsets and expertise that are highly sought after around the world and renewing them is critical to maintaining our modern way of life.

“Right now there are many senior managers and technical specialists all over the world who began their careers here on our operations.”
Photo — Visiting Tuna platform in Bass Strait was a highlight for one 2019 vacation student.

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