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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 is a flexible company and has helped me to progress my interest area in project management. The company is actively facilitating my development into project management and has found project engineering roles for me on recent projects. DPS is 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, easy way.

Where do you see your career going with DPS?

I want to increase my knowledge as a senior process engineer and use my soft skills to develop into a strong project engineer.

What advice would you have for current graduates?

It’s crucial 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 and 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 and it really pays dividends as they develop.

What advice would you have for other experienced engineers?

Lead by example and mentor juniors so that both become better engineers and work can be distributed amongst the team. Cross discipline relationships are also important to ensure a complete design.

 

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