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Engineering 101: Process Design Engineer At Bumi Armada Berhad – Part 1

Engineering 101: Process Design Engineer At Bumi Armada Berhad – Part 1

My first job working as an engineer is at Bumi Armada Berhad. It’s a FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) company and is based in Kuala Lumpur.

I was working in the Oilfield Services (OFS) department in which my main responsibilities were designing topsides for floating productions and sourcing out projects. There was a lot of projects that I’ve participated in, such as

  1. D18 Water Injection Facility
  2. MASA Feasibility Study on using Early Production System
  3. Refurbished topsides (Sourcing, commissioning, negotiating and procuring).
  4. Angsi CEOR Floating Barge Feasibility Study
  5. Design Concept Study on Early Production System

Any many more.

My first day in the office was nerve wrecking. I stayed at Wangsa Maju together with a friend of mine, Luqman and I remembered taking my first LRT ride to work. It was jammed pack and I felt anxious. Coming from a place where I ride river taxis to school/part time work and now riding a train to the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur; everything seems just too good to be true. It was.

My first day of the engineering corporate world was nothing short of spectacular. In the OFS department, there were a lot of people from top companies such as Shell, Schlumberger, Petronas and other overseas companies working here in Bumi Armada. Most of them left their current positions as Bumi Armada paid much more compared to their current employers and I kid you not, these people are considered as the cream of the crop on their previous jobs. I was lead by a lead process engineer, Nik Azhan; and I remembered when I met him, he taught me about the important principles of engineering, which I’ll share later on a post.

I had a colleague who was the same age as me (23) when I entered Bumi Armada – he was Asyraff; graduated from UTP in petroleum engineering. Both of us usually hang out together during lunch and on certain nights play futsal at Ampang’s Sports Planet or at a court which I could not remember at Wangsa Maju. We bonded well and had a fair share of laughs in my stint at the company.

In this sharing I would not talk much about my personal experiences except for this post as I would like to share to my readers on the engineering knowledge that I’ve acquired. I’ll probably share a few personal experiences; but only in a hint as the engineering experience is what matters the most. In my next post, I’ll share about API standard. The first engineering standard that I’ve learnt. Please do tell or share with me if there’s anything you would like to know more! I’ll be happy to share with my readers. 🙂


Engineering 101: Why I Chose To Be A Chemical Engineer

Engineering 101: Why I Chose To Be A Chemical Engineer

­­I hate to say it, but I chose chemical engineering as my dream occupation because I loved chemistry when I was in high school.

As I progress myself as a chemical engineering student, I’ve realized that chemical engineering is indeed interesting, useful and rewarding. Some of my points are as of below:

  1. Chemical Engineers acquire a wide variety of skills
  2. Chemical Engineers are highly employable
  3. Chemical engineering offers many exciting career choices
  4. Chemical engineering is not a restrictive choice
  5. Chemical engineers can change the world

Before graduating, I was interviewed by a number of companies such as CIMB, Khazanah Nasional, Celcom Axiata and Teach for Malaysia. They acknowledge that engineers are capable bankers, analyst, managers, and teachers. I did receive a few job offers from those companies, but I prefer to be working with an engineering firm so that I could be exposed to the technical aspects of what engineers usually do.

Again back to why I chose chemical engineering; while I was in high school I used to teach my friends about chemistry because I loved the subject so much. After school, I’ll stay back and go the library and teach them about the periodic table of elements, how to balance chemical equations, electrochemistry, etc.

My additional mathematics teacher, Bidari was a chemical engineer. During his classes he will talk about his experience working as one, applying his chemistry knowledge to solve daily technical problems in plants. He talked about the importance of understanding chemistry and the role of mathematics in solving these problems. I was good in both, so it makes good sense that I should be a chemical engineer.

I remembered I was asked this question when I was applying for a job in Bumi Armada – my first company that I’ve worked for; why did I choose engineering?

I told the HR manager that it was simply because I love chemistry and mathematics but she wasn’t sold. She said it was bullshit and she asked me again, why did you choose engineering?

So I told her the real truth;

“I can make lots of money. Get the oppurtunity to travel and go to sponsored events,”.

I wasn’t joking when I said that. The HR manager nodded and praised

“That’s right. That’s why you chose engineering. Was it hard to say it?”


“Good. Now you should proceed with your next interview process with the Senior HR Manager. All the best!”

There it is. The bold truth on why I chose engineering. I’ll talk about my first job at a later post. What’s your real reason you choose your desired career path?