OE spoke with Scott McIntyre, Project Manager, Technip UK, to find out his thoughts on the oil and gas business and his advice for young professionals.
OE: How did you get into oil and gas? What did you aspire to do when you were younger?
I studied BA Hons Law and Management at Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, and as part of the third year we had to complete an industry placement.
I was lucky enough to secure a position with Subsea 7 as associate proposals engineer within the tendering department. I enjoyed the challenging, fast-paced environment and decided to look for work in the industry when I graduated.
When I was younger I had aspirations of studying sports science or sports coaching.
OE: What upcoming projects are you excited to begin and why?
We have recently completed a brownfield construction project for a major operator which involved a range of fabrication and installation activities. Following this, I am now working within Technip’ in the UK’s Life of Field business stream.
Technip is involved in a wide variety of activities ranging from asset integrity to traditional IRM activities and decommissioning to full brownfield construction. I am looking forward to playing a key role in the delivery of these.
OE: What technologies are you keeping an eye on?
I am always challenging myself and my team to work smarter and more efficiently, this includes sourcing effective tools and following leaner processes where appropriate. This practice is even more important in the current climate.
The majority of the supply chain really embraces this approach now, and is actively marketing tools and technologies which can support companies like Technip going forward. This is of key importance to the industry, particularly for the future development of the decommissioning market.
OE: What advice do you have for students considering a career in oil and gas?
A career in the oil and gas industry can be very varied, challenging and will certainly more than meet anyone’s personal goals and objectives. The oil and gas sector is a global business with fantastic opportunities. The industry really will take you as far as you wish to go.
OE: With respect to the downturn, are you still hopeful about the future of the offshore industry, and that of the UK, in particular?
Everyone within the industry understands that the global oil and gas market can be volatile in nature at times. I am hopeful that, through standardization and cost savings, the UK offshore industry will recover resulting in a stronger position.