Aziz graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is using his skills and interests in mechanical operations in his work with Dow Chemical in Freeport, TX.
From Aziz: Dow has assigned me the role of a maintenance engineer. I started with the Engineers Driven for Growth & Excellence (EDGE) training to learn about all of DOW's programs, its work environment, its systems, and the tools used for my work as a maintenance engineer. There is something new to learn here each day.
I just finished my training period and I'm moving in to the plant and maintaining equipment in the plant. This is a great opportunity, with great people, to learn more about field work and to gain experience in handling mechanical tools plus keeping machines safe and running.
So far, everything is great, and I'm really enjoying my time here at The Dow Chemical Company.
Mohammad is applying his degree in mechanical engineering to his PDI work experience as a Maintenance Engineer with DOW Chemical Company, in Freeport, TX.
From Dow Chemical Company: Mohammad has high initiative and motivation and does not let challenges and barriers keep him from making progress. He seeks out other employees to help him learn and teach him new skills needed to complete the project. He is very organized which has allowed him to make better progress on this project than others who were assigned to this project.
Mohammad has been very persistent in ensuring this [assigned] project gets back on track. He took over the guarding project from EDGE Engineers. He realized quickly that they were not very far along on the project and quickly made contacts with the vendor and others to get it back on track. He quickly learned what his resources were that could help him, and he set up meetings with suppliers of the pump guards. He did of a very good job of tracking guard shipments and field installations. He started weekly communications with stakeholders and has escalated issues as they arise. Stakeholder communication has been a lot better as a result of Mohammad's work. I threw him in to it, and he's run with it. He's overcome all challenges.
From Mohammad: I joined DOW Chemical Company recently as a Maintenance Engineer. The first surprise was that I have been deployed to one of the most active and busy plants in the world, at DOW Freeport, TX, due to the importance of mechanical mechanisms and plant productions running smoothly and reliably. It will be my responsibility to implement, contribute, maintain, and sustain the reliability of mechanisms in DOW's plants. DOW is the second top petrochemical company worldwide, and I was surprised by the advanced technologies and facilities DOW has around the world. There are 25 facilities just in the Freeport, TX plant area. As an International Employee, I have restricted access to Dow facilities, plants, and buildings. However, the experience has been great so far, and I look forward to continuing to learn about DOW's operations and how I can best contribute to its huge team.
I like the environment at DOW and appreciate how cooperative people are in terms of helping new employees connect with more experienced engineers for guidance and mentorship. Every day is a new challenge, and I am trying my best to ask questions and set up meetings to learn new tactics and strategies in order to best handle my new responsibilities to run and maintain the plant's safety and reliability.
All recent university graduates who join DOW are required to go through the Engineers Driven for Growth & Excellence (EDGE) curriculum, comprised of six months of learning about DOW safety procedures, Plants (Field) Processes and operations. Dow is looking for Maintenance Engineers that can run and maintain the reliability of plant operations. After graduating from the EDGE program, I was deployed to my new role at Dow Chemical's SPC plant as a maintenance engineer. As a maintenance engineer I am responsible for solving the day-to-day problems at the plant, and for ensuring that the plant runs safely and reliably. I am currently working on three critical projects.
Abdulrahman ("Abdu") graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is using his engineering skills and understanding in his work as a Site Acquisitions Analyst with BlueWave Capital in Boston, MA.
From BlueWave Capital: Abdu is diligent, thoughtful, calculated, and well spoken. He takes responsibility and ownership for the tasks he needs to complete, and asks for help when he needs it. He pays tremendous attention to detail and is a hard worker.
Abdu has grown in his role to the point where he is starting to be an outward facing employee at BlueWave, and he will soon be communicating with external clients. BlueWave is small but fast-moving, kind of like a startup; it's a hectic environment. New folks get a lot of responsibility; every one has to sink or swim. Abdu has done really well in this environment.
From Abdulrahman: Beginning in September of this year, I started my full-time position as a Site Acquisitions Analyst at BlueWave Capital. BlueWave is a solar power development company based in Boston, MA. The company's efforts are focused on developing solar farms to provide clean energy to communities. As a developer, BlueWave gets solar on the ground by tackling all elements of a solar farm project; from finding suitable sites, to managing engineering and construction, to procuring clean energy customers.
I am a member of the Site Acquisitions team at BlueWave. The team focuses on finding optimal sites for solar development. We consider environmental factors (such as wetlands, rare species, tree cover, water resources, etc.), solar farm design, real estate due diligence, and interconnection to the utility grid.
In my first three months at BlueWave, I would say that I've learned the true value of teamwork. From the beginning, my colleagues were generous and thorough in guiding me to complete the daily tasks of the site acquisition team. They left no questions unanswered and were very keen to integrate me within the team. After the initial training phase, I became in-sync with the rest of the team, and we were able to produce quality work. They were also times when early communication and cooperation led to meeting tough deadlines. I am lucky to be part of such a great team, and this fact leads to being very excited and focused on the job.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a meeting with my supervisor to discuss my performance thus far in the job; I am proud to say that he had only positive comments. It was an uplifting moment, and very encouraging for me. We agreed on what my next year at BlueWave should look like – focusing on mastering my current tasks and finding an area of specialization within the realm of the team's responsibilities.
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