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Through the talent and ingenuity of our people, Chevron Australia is solving some of the world’s most complex energy problems today and into the future – that’s why we are committed to powering the next generation of innovators.

More than 200 secondary students from across the state recently took part in Chevron's Powering Careers in Energy (PCiE) LNG Exploration Day at Perth Arena.

Students spent the day immersed in science and engineering activities associated with LNG production, participated in team challenges and heard from Chevron employees about their career highlights.

Chevron Australia Organisational Capability Specialist Tanja Pisaric said the exploration day provided a practical way to bring together skills and knowledge the students had learned throughout the year.

“The LNG exploration day was designed to inspire students in years 10 to 12, encouraging them to consider career opportunities in the energy sector and further develop their LNG industry knowledge.”

Tanja Pisaric

Chevron Australia Organisational Capability Specialist

The day kicked off with a series of hands-on activities, showcasing the type of day-to-day work different job roles experience across the value chain of an LNG business. In the lead up to the event, Chevron volunteers worked with Earth Sciences WA to craft the practical challenges and make them as realistic as possible to their experience in the field.

Drilling Engineer Leigh Thomas created an impressive prototype drilling rig to recreate the process of offshore directional drilling.

“The students had to use problem solving skills to assemble a “drill string” – represented by coloured PVC pipes - to intersect a reservoir target. The challenge involved assessing the drill string geometry and calculating the minimum amount of drill pipe required to reach the target, all without the drill-bit touching the floor,” Leigh said.

“Following the exercise, the students were asked how they could complete the task blindfolded. Realising the impossibility of such a task, it was explained how, in real life, magnetic and accelerometer sensors are used to measure where the drill bit is located in the earth.”

Students looking at pamphlets

Other activities included navigating a model LNG ship around a challenging course, assessing the DNA of ants to understand quarantine risk, and experiencing some of the innovative technology used at Chevron’s LNG Plants.

In the afternoon, more than 80 Chevron volunteers conducted mock interviews and speed networking sessions with the students, giving them tips and advice they will be able to use in their future careers.

Now in its eighth year, PCiE invests in the young minds that will shape our energy future. The program is a one-year course and sees students study an equivalent of four hours a week during the year. The program is accredited by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and contributes to tertiary studies, traineeships and apprenticeships.

The innovative program is a tangible example of Chevron's commitment to building a future talent pipeline by creating education to employment pathways through partnerships with schools, vocational training providers and universities.

Learn more about the Powering Careers in Energy program >