Ruud Smedts joined the Shell Graduate Programme and works as a Maintenance, Reliability and Turnarounds (MRTA) Engineer in Hoogezand and Assen. Ruud studied at Eindhoven University of Technology and has a BSc and MSc in Applied Physics.
Office work combined with field visits
My job is to optimise the maintenance that is done in the field. We ensure that all the equipment is cost-efficient and safe. I combine office work with site visits to learn about the equipment, processes and problems that field personnel face. Next to the hands-on jobs, I have a lot of courses to learn about the business, the processes and improve soft skills.
Prepare for the future
At the office, I perform analyses and think about how the systems and processes can be simplified. I discuss issues and goals with my line manager and my learning/ career path with my coach. With fellow grads and senior engineers I build relationships that can help me in the future. My next role will be Assistant Maintenance Supervisor, full time in the field, leading a team of mechanics on a day-to-day basis.
Your opinion is valued from day one
What I love about my job is that colleagues value your opinion from day one and are very open to share their knowledge. I sure learned a lot in a short period of time. I also considered consulting and risk management at a bank, but I chose Shell because I wanted to be among engineers.
Social life in Groningen is good fun
The ‘Young Shell’ communities make you feel at home in a new city. There are over 100 grads in Groningen who love to have fun together. So I often go out, like for dinner at the ‘Uurwerker’ or to Oblomov for a special beer. I also play tennis and I’m looking forward to a sailing course (organised by the NAM personnel association).
Shell is a great place to start your career
Shell really tries to keep its employees happy and enables them to grow. You get a good salary with working days that are not too long. Shell turned out to be a great place for your career with lots of growth possibilities!