As a Process Technician at TechnipFMC, Amy is responsible for the efficient and accurate creation of subsea technology.
“At TechnipFMC we design subsea umbilical systems for every global environment. Umbilicals are huge bundles of cables that transfer power, communications and water across long distances. They’re critical to the energy industry, allowing communication and power between remote deep-sea wells and fixed or floating production systems.”
Like many students, Amy thought about doing a degree after college.
“I considered university, but knew it wasn’t the right path for me. I knew I wanted to do something with variety that allowed me to get my hands dirty. I didn’t want to be stuck behind a desk all day.”
Thanks to an apprenticeship, she’s now working on worldwide subsea solutions for the production and transformation of energy. On a day-to-day basis, she is responsible for making sure the manufacturing process goes to plan, and quickly working with her team to correct any issues before they cause expensive complications or safety issues. It requires strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills.
“Engineering always interested me as a child so I decided to go for it. After my A-levels I did a 4-year apprenticeship as a Maintenance Technician before becoming a Process Technician.”
For Amy, the best part of her job is having to think on her feet. “There’s always something different for me to do which requires work-around fixes for the problems we are faced with. This role allows me to be involved with the technical side of things, as well as working directly on the machinery. I work with so many people in virtually every department of the company.”
Technicians like Amy, making sure umbilicals are safe to use, are vital to the progression of the world’s energy industry.
“It’s really rewarding to be a key part of the success of such important projects. In 2007 I was part of a team which installed the world’s deepest umbilical in the Gulf of Mexico!”
Amy's career pathway
- 2010 Left school after completing GCSEs
- 2012 Left college after getting three A-levels
- 2016 Completed a Higher Apprenticeship in Maintenance Engineering, becoming a Maintenance Technician, at TechnipFMC
- 2016 Completed a HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Engineering with specialisms in Mechanics, Fluid Systems and Controls Units
- 2017 Became a Process Technician at TechnipFMC