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Justine Butler, Senior Process Engineer

Where did you graduate from and what attracted you to DPS?

I graduated from UCD in 2006 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. A colleague during my summer internship advised me to apply to DPS and the fact that they worked in projects and design appealed to me.

What type of projects have you been working on at DPS?

I’ve worked on a variety of small and large scale design projects particularly in the fill finish area as well as C&Q work on site.  I’ve worked in our Dublin office in addition to international projects in Belgium, England, Germany and the Netherlands.

What do you enjoy most about working at DPS?

DPS are a flexible company in particular with helping me to progress my interest area which is project management. The company is actively facilitating my development into project management and have found project engineering roles for me on recent projects. DPS are also adaptable when it comes to managing my own work/life balance needs. If I need some support with time off it will be dealt with in an informal and easy way.

DPS were accommodating when I was heavily involved on several Engineers Ireland committees. I worked on Engineers Ireland committees including the Chair of the Young Engineers Society, Secretary of the Chemical & Process Division and member of the Council and Executive committee. This involvement helped me develop as an engineer in terms of industry knowledge, networking with peers and developing soft skills (.e.g. time management, public speaking). 

Where do you see your career going with DPS?

I see my career continuing as it is now, increasing my knowledge as a senior process engineer and using my soft skills to develop into a strong project engineer. 

What advice would you have for current graduates?

It’s crucial for graduates to understand and appreciate the importance of their work e.g. working on project lists might seem monotonous but when done correctly the graduate will be knowledgeable on PED, pipe specifications & pressure testing etc. If mistakes are made at the start of a project, the time and cost impacts increase rapidly as the project continues. Therefore everything should be done for a legitimate reason or 

when assumptions are required during early project phases decisions should have a concrete design basis. New graduates need to work their way patiently through these areas at the start of their careers and it really pays dividends as they develop.

What advice would you have for other experienced engineers?

It’s important for experienced engineers to lead by example and mentor juniors so that both parties become better engineers and work can be distributed amongst the team. Cross discipline relationships are also important to ensure a complete design.