Our business finds, recovers, refines, markets and sells energy and petroleum products. And we’re committed to doing it cleanly, safely and responsibly. BP shipping connects many parts of this global business by providing safe and environmentally responsible transportation of BP’s hydrocarbons. To do this we own and operate many types of vessels, including 36 medium-size crude and product carriers, two very large crude carriers, eight LNG carriers and three LPG carriers.. All of these vessels are double-hulled and have to operate within strict assurance criteria. Electrical engineers are crucial to this – providing marine expertise across upstream and downstream sectors in addition to supporting our core responsibilities.
With the increasing need for marine assurance specialists, what’s clear is that by developing your career in shipping within a diverse team of professionals, your skills will be in great demand and could take you around the world.
Your role and responsibilities
From the start of your career with BP, you’ll be part of our Endeavour Programme – our shipping graduate development scheme that is accredited with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). You’ll begin at our flagship site at Sunbury-on-Thames (UK), where you’ll find out all about our business before undertaking a programme of development in diverse disciplines and locations. You could gain experience in shipbuilding, equipment commissioning and repair, applying your electrical or instrumentation and control knowledge in technically challenging environments.
Usually within the first year, you’ll also have an opportunity to undertake a placement, normally in Europe, with a class society – giving you invaluable experience. As you develop, you could have the opportunity to travel further afield - some of our current graduates are working in Singapore, Dubai and Korea, providing support to operational dockings, offshore support vessels (OSV), floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) and tanker new-build projects.
The shipping graduate programme is typically four-years, with placements of varying length. Examples of current placements include working with the:
- Projects technical team (Sunbury-on-Thames, UK-based and part-based in Korea for new builds).
- Fleet support team (UK and Singapore-based).
- Class society
- Engineering Team (UK-based)
Initially, during the first two years, your placements will planned for you, but as you gain experience in the business, you’ll be expected to begin managing your own career path. That’s not to say you’ll be left to your own devices. We’re committed to your development and success, so you’ll be monitored and encouraged every step of the way by your mentor and line manager.
Your ongoing learning and development is as important to you as it is to us. Consequently, your manager and mentor will give you regular feedback and appraisals to back up your technical and practical training. Depending on your progress, you could move to a substantive role between the two and four year point. After this time, and providing you can demonstrate the right levels of formal training and experience, you’ll probably move jobs every two to four years. This may be to another location, another project or a change of role. Throughout this time, you’ll be fully supported to achieve chartered engineer status.
At the end of the programme, there are a number of options for further development and broadening of your skills. Some graduates go on to pursue leadership roles, some choose technical specialisms and some try other disciplines. Most recently, graduates have gone into roles in the following teams:
- Fleet support team.
- Projects technical team.
- Engineering Team
- FPSO New build project.
Whichever route you pursue, we can offer you a thoroughly rewarding career that’s a mix of what you’re good at, what you like to do, and what our business needs. Locations Sunbury-on-Thames, Aberdeen, Singapore, Korea. We require that all graduates be flexible as to geographical location (within the UK) for the duration of the programme.
To apply for this role, you’ll need a 2:1 Masters Degree (or equivalent) in electrical (power) engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, electrical engineering or electronic engineering.
We support all of our engineering graduates to become chartered engineers. Therefore, in order to be eligible for this role, your degree must be accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).