Intern - Chemical Engineering


One Year Placement


Walton On Thames


Consulting - One year Placement 2023-2024

Closing date

April 16, 2023

KBC – Student Industrial One Year Placement

Would you like to complete your placement for a global software, digital and services company within the Energy and Chemical industry? Looking for the opportunity to work with high-performing professionals developing some of the world's smartest solutions for operational improvements and maximizing profits?

Our digital transformation solutions comprise leading software and expert services, powered by the cloud, to assure process operations achieve transformational outcomes. A pioneer in the development and use of simulation tools and cloud technologies, KBC offers software specialists room to grow. Operational experts in consulting teams develop solutions that positively impact the profitability, safety and environmental performance of our international clients through technological changes and operational efficiencies.


We are currently looking for an undergraduate who will be based in our Surrey, UK office focusing mainly on work within our Process Consulting team. The work will involve consultancy type tasks, carrying out yield and energy optimization projects and assisting in the development of tools to help in these projects. The candidate may be required to visit customer sites or work in our other offices. Although the work involved will mainly focus on yield projects, there may also be the opportunity to work in any of KBC’s other businesses when the need and requirement arise.


Typical Student Placement Projects


During your placement at KBC, you will complete individual tasks supporting larger projects, receive training in KBC’s suite of upstream and downstream simulation tools and gain experience of different areas of oil and gas processing focusing on oil extraction and refining.


You will interact with a wide-range of experienced oil and gas engineers from different disciplines and backgrounds, often working with engineers based outside the UK.

During your placement, your tasks will include simulation, operating data analysis and optimization of a customer’s operation or proposed changes to operation. Tasks will typically be completed using Petro-SIM, our leading process simulation and optimization platform, and Excel providing you with a chance to apply the problem-solving, design and engineering skills learnt during your design project to a real-life situation. You will also be given research and development tasks to self-supervise in addition to supervised project work.


We work with the leaders in the global Energy and Chemical industry - multi-national, national and independent oil companies; integrated petrochemical and chemical producers and distributors; utility power generators and distributors; renewable energy generators and wholesalers.


Student Attributes


The candidate should ideally possess the following attributes:


  • High technical ability with an expected degree qualification of a 1st or 2.1 in Chemical Engineering
  • Highly motivated with a good work ethic
  • Good communicator and team player
  • Would like to pursue a career in consultancy or contracting
  • Be computer literate with established skills primarily in Excel and also other Microsoft products
  • Ideally be familiar with process simulation using commercial software – although this is not essential


KBC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yokogawa.  We offer a competitive salary and are committed to equal opportunities.


Application Closing Date: 16th April 2023

Interviews: To be held late May 2023

Anticipated start date – August/ September 2023