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As an intern your work will involve consultancy type tasks, carrying out energy optimization projects and assisting in the development of tools to help in these projects. You may be required to visit customer sites or work in our other offices. Although the work involved will mainly focus on energy 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 energy simulation and synthesis 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 requests that candidates submit a copy of their CV and a covering letter to quoting reference number KBC-2018-073 by 28 February 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a phone interview. A face-to-face interview will then be requested before we confirm the placement. 

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

Application closing date: 28 February 2019
Interviews to be held late March – early April 2019
Successful placements will be confirmed by the end of May 2019






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