Work and Person

Static Equipment Engineer

Experience of working at sites of 50 degrees Celsius drives me to produce precise and effective designs.
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I was able to precisely visualize myself enjoying working at JGC before I joined the company.

I studied mechanical engineering at university, and shipbuilding at graduate school. I sensed that installing equipment inside a vessel, which is a container of a certain shape and size, is very similar to installing equipment in a plant of a specific area and space. My aspiration to be a part of building something on a larger scale drove me to apply to work at JGC. There were several opportunities for me to meet with JGC's senior engineers at the company information session and company tour. They attentively answered my questions, resolved my concerns, and gave me a few tips. One of the reasons I decided to join this company was because, owing to these encounters with the senior engineers, I was able to visualize precisely how I was going to play an active part in the job.
I now work at the Static Equipment Engineering Department, where I produce detailed designs for equipment like reactors, columns, tanks, and heat exchangers within the whole process design. All pieces of plant equipment differ in shape and size, and each drawing is produced according to the respective specifications and standardized designs made in compliance with laws and regulations. Once the drawings are complete, I collaborate with the purchasing team to procure the necessary materials from vendors selected from around the world, make sure they are of the required quality, and control the schedule to ensure they are manufactured and delivered on time. Currently, I'm responsible for designing the heat exchangers for the oil refinery plant in Kuwait. A heat exchanger is a piece of equipment used to transfer heat energy between fluids of different temperatures to either heat or cool them. In oil refinement, there is a process of separating impurities from heavy crude in which heat exchangers are required to heat, cool, and distill crude oil. At the oil refinery plant in Kuwait, about 90 heat exchangers are scheduled to be installed in the JGC area alone. My specific area of responsibility involves deciding the appropriate specifications for equipment that meets the requirements by calculating pressures and other factors on the basis of the conditions (component substances and temperatures) of fluids presented by the process department. It takes about one and a half months to decide the specifications, and once that is done, the data is sent to the vendors with a request for detailed drawings. I oversee the project until I have finished checking whether the completed equipment has been manufactured in accordance with the specifications, so from design to shipment, it takes about a year and a half including the manufacturing period.

On-site training in Qatar in my first year at JGC.I keenly felt the importance of design.

At present, JGC operates an on-site training program, where first-year employees undergo training at domestic or overseas sites for six months at the maximum. This program started the year I joined the company, and as one of the first trainees, I went to Qatar for six months. The local area made for a severe training environment where the highest temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius and humidity was 90% during the day. However, this was something that couldn't have been experienced at the Yokohama World Operation Center (HQ), and by feeling what it was like on site, the fact hit me that designing truly effective equipment is not possible by simply sitting at a desk with no consideration for the site environment. At overseas sites where the plant is actually being constructed, situations occur beyond the imagination of us engineers at HQ. For example, there was a time when the parts couldn't be mounted onto the equipment because the holes were too small, and a discrepancy was later found between the designs of the foundations undertaken by the Civil & Building Department and those of the main unit of the equipment. Prompt and flexible solutions to these sorts of problems are required of us. Once, when I was at training, we found out that the heat exchangers had not been inspected on board a vendor's ship. The vendor called the staff over to the site, and it took two weeks for the inspection to be finished. Furthermore, the scaffolds could not be assembled because the scaffold parts attached around the equipment were a few centimeters out of place. I realized that a slight error on the blueprint could lead to a big problem on site, and so from these experiences during training, I have come to take into account the work processes and burdens placed on workers on site when I produce the designs.

At JGC, a company that continues to develop on a global scale,there is an opportunity to develop yourself on a global scale too.

The true pleasure of designing is to see the equipment you have labored over actually in operation on a production site. When I saw a photo of the first piece of equipment I had designed installed at a plant, it made me so happy, and I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
One of the greatest appeals of this company is that you can improve your skills as an engineer and develop your career as a member of team JGC, a team in which every employee around the world is united. My boss and senior colleagues tell me that my gender doesn't matter; they will guide me to become a first-rate engineer. Especially the division managers at the Design Engineering Division, where I belong, give me advice on the maintenance of heat exchangers, and take the trouble to ask me from time to time how the project is going. In an environment where engineers have a bond regardless of their status, I have never felt held back by being a woman, and I am convinced that there are great opportunities for me to broaden my horizons.
There's a few more years to go until I can stand on my own two feet. I will always keep in mind that the essential quality for an engineer is to question why and how, and some day, I hope to be able to design a piece of equipment called a distillation column, which is a very important part of the plant. Also, in the future, I would like to leverage JGC's overseas company dispatch system to learn more in a company in a foreign country where business practices and work procedures are different.

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Career Path

Career Path
2012
Static Equipment Engineering Department
Responsible for designing the heat exchangers for the LNG plant construction project (Australia)
2012
Stationed at the gas treatment plant construction project site (as a trainee) (Qatar)
2014
Responsible for designing the heat exchangers for the refinery reconstruction project (Kuwait)