Senior Process Engineer
Our engineering teams provide operational and technical support to our production teams by monitoring, evaluating and controlling plant performances to ensure production and process efficiency in accordance with our capital and operating budgets and strategic plans.
What is a typical day for you?
My role as an Engineer is to make sure that the production plants are running at their highest possible production rates, at the highest possible yields, without impacting anyone’s safety. Typically, that involves looking at a number of key parameters in the morning, and then if anything’s out of spec, coming up with a solution. That may involve engaging a number of stakeholders, including the maintenance team, the operations team, the sales team or the despatch team - we all work as a team to achieve our goals.
Once I get past that part of the day, my job is to future proof our business; looking at projects that will help expand production and help our plants run more efficiently or more safely.
I’ve been really lucky during my time at CSBP. I started as a graduate back in 2008 in the sodium cyanide business and quickly moved over to the ammonium nitrate business. I then got the opportunity to work on the Ammonium Nitrate Expansion Project, which went for a number of years. I was part of a team that looked at the design, construction and commissioning of the project. Now I’ve returned as a Senior Process Engineer to the sodium cyanide business.
The truth about anyone’s role is, the more effort you put in, the more you get out. For sodium cyanide, our efforts are put into making sure that the future of the business is sustainable. The people here have done a really good job, over a number of years, getting the plant up to good production rates and now it’s up to me to make sure we can sustain that success into the future.
How would you describe the culture at CSBP?
When I first arrived at CSBP, it really felt like a country town, there were a lot of positive attitudes and everyone was willing to help. I found myself constantly saying hello to everyone I walked past. I believe that stemmed from our relationship and our history with local farmers in our fertilisers business. As the business has grown, I think underlying our culture, is that positive attitude and always wanting to help each other out. That’s why I enjoy working here.
The constant influx of challenges, whether it’s finding new repair methods, finding innovative solutions to problems or finding cheaper ways of doing things. These challenges is what keeps my work interesting, and it’s helped me grow as a person, to what I am today.
What's been the biggest challenge you've faced?
The biggest challenge to date, and biggest highlight for that matter, would have to be the Ammonium Nitrate Expansion Project. We were a small team dealing with a large number of contractors who required a lot of our time, and it was very demanding, but all in all the team was made up of high quality people and the project was a great success.
What advice would you give to someone who may just be starting out in their career?
As a young engineer entering the workforce, you don’t want to be in a role where you feel comfortable, you want to be in a role where you’re continually challenging yourself and where you’re putting yourself in situations you wouldn’t necessarily like. That way, you can continue to grow and learn. My other advice would be, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, we learn much more from our mistakes than our successes.
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