Ever since Miranda was a kid, she knew engineering was what she wanted to do, but she just had to decide where to take it. Hear how her determined nature led her to a role as a Maintenance Engineer for Shell.
My role in a nutshell
My team ensure that the appropriate maintenance is implemented in the field and that it is safe to execute. The team I look after is made up of electrical, mechanical and instrumentation engineers. We require a good understanding of how things operate, the maintenance needs and work closely with all departments.
The early bird
I’m an early riser through-and-through. I like getting to work first thing so I can set myself up for the day.
Filtering, engaging and prioritising
In my role, I examine any urgent requests, engage with any team requests and prioritise all the day-to-day work.
Collaboration across the board
I work with many different teams about ongoing priorities and ways of working. This means that I work with people in operations, contracts and procurement, supply chain, engineering, and other maintenance teams.
Juggling the demands
It’s not always easy to find work-life balance, but the big one for me is not taking work home. I leave evenings free to relax, cook and hang out with friends. Exercise and eating right also makes a big difference to maintaining that balance.
Getting my start
In 2016, I started as an operations graduate through the BG group (since acquired by Shell), which was awesome. As part of that program, I was lucky to get two overseas postings in the U.K. and Trinidad. They were life-changing experiences.
When I came back to Australia, I was asked to be a Shell Youth Representative for the CSIRO.
Australian National Outlook, which is being launched on June 18th in Sydney this year. I am really excited about that.
I am also really passionate about developing and empowering early career professionals. I founded Shell’s IGNITE committee (Australia East Coast branch) to do exactly that. IGNITE is a young professional network that helps to build networks and inspire members through leadership engagement and technical sessions.
Shell in 4 words:
Big, Supportive, Passionate, Diverse
Why a career in STEM?
From when I was a kid, engineering was always what I wanted to do, so I just went after it. There was no moment of questioning, the focus was more on how I was going to do it and where I wanted to end up.
I’m most proud of…
my diversity of experience.
I’d tell my younger self…
don’t worry, it’ll all be fine
In the future I’ll be…
still loving life.
I see opportunities in…
Shell and my development
- I feel very lucky in my career and want to share that. One way is through my involvement in Future Makers, which is a program that provides the opportunity for people like me in a STEM career to share their experiences and inspire others into a STEM career.
- I just completed the Shell Advance Technical Program in Maintenance, Reliability and Turnarounds. It was a bit of a milestone for me and it really advanced my technical skills.
- I find inspiration all around me at Shell. Whether I have a technical question or just need to vent, everyone is happy to help and mentor you.
“I have a lot of friends doing similar things who haven’t had the same opportunities that Shell has given me.”
What would you say to anyone considering a career at Shell?
Just do it. Don’t let anything stop you if that's something you want. I mean, I do feel unique because engineering was always what I was going to do. So, the fact that it is a male-dominated industry never worried me. However, if you look at Shell as a whole, it’s very accommodating. They have fantastic behaviours and culture. In fact, I am always telling so many women that there are countless opportunities available to them by studying engineering.
What is making you think differently right now?
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.
The Economist has a weekly wrap up podcast that always makes me think about new things.