Graduate Programme: Process Automation, Control and Optimisation (PACO) Engineering
graduate scheme
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Graduate Programme: Process Automation, Control and Optimisation (PACO) Engineering

Job description

Why Shell?
Growing energy needs are the world’s biggest challenge. To solve this in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible we need remarkable problem solvers, keen to make their impact. Engineers and scientists able to collaborate, push boundaries, think creatively and commercially.

“People are passionate about what they do. I also like Shell’s dynamic work environment. You work together as a team with people from all different disciplines to resolve any challenge.” – Maria, Shell Technical Graduate Programme.

Do you have a passion to bring to life projects that will impact on the future of energy? As one of the most innovative companies in the world, we offer the chance to join our technical teams taking this journey of discovery, pushing boundaries and exploring frontiers as we go.

What is PACO?

PACO engineers work across the full range of Shell sites including Upstream (Onshore and Offshore), Integrated Gas, Downstream manufacturing and in Engineering Centres Globally.

PACO engineers design, operate and maintain Process Automation systems using a variety of technologies for the following areas:

  • Basic process control systems
  • Safety instrumented systems
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Field instrumentation
  • Analysers systems
  • Metering systems
  • Fire and gas detection systems
  • Alarm management systems

Our Programme in Process Automation, Control and Optimisation (PACO) Engineering
Initially working in Shell Upstream you could work on a range of projects and operations that have a real impact on our business. For example, you could get the chance to use your skills and knowledge in Process Control, Instrumentation and automations systems to maximise production, ensure fiscal metering/custody transfer accuracy and maintain quality in oil and gas production facilities while at the same time ensuring that safety and environmental requirements are always met. You can make a vital contribution to the efficient operation and design of oil and gas operating facilities.

You’ll experience a dynamic and challenging environment on the Shell Graduate Programme ranging from Concept Projects to Decommissioning Platforms (where no two days are the same). Typical roles and responsibilities in the PACO discipline include:

  • Day-to-day instrumentation and control engineering support (site or office based)
  • Engineering design of instrumentation and process control systems for new (greenfield) facilities or modifications to existing (brownfield) facilities.
  • Analysing the performance of equipment, optimizing the design/performance and implementing design changes as required.
  • Applying process control techniques optimise production and or quality.
  • Managing and Improving process safety systems.
  • Ensuring that Instrumentation and control maintenance and testing is thorough and robust to ensure that facility production uptime and safety requirements are met.
  • Failure analysis and investigation either within the PACO discipline on simple systems or working closely with other disciplines in a multidiscipline team on complex systems or equipment packages.
  • Managing contracts for engineering or maintenance support related to operating facilities

First-hand involvement on cutting-edge projects places pioneering graduates like you in challenging positions so you can make your mark within your team and the organisation as a whole. Throughout your journey on the Programme some of the best operating teams and engineers in the business will dedicate themselves to helping you develop your skills and propel your career.

You can expect to receive world-class coaching, invaluable mentoring, formal structured training and regular in-depth progress checks to ensure you’re on track to reaching your full potential as a PACO engineers as well as becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Staff networks (including Energie – a UK network for recent graduates) give you access to a wide range of social events and colleagues from across the business at all levels.

Rewards and benefits include

  • The opportunity to work on global projects with external partners
  • A structured development programme, highly valued across the industry (Shell Graduate Program (SGP) followed by the Shell Advanced Technical programme (SATP).
  • Working for a globally recognized brand tackling globally significant challenges
  • Excellent flexibility and work-life balance
  • Opportunity to develop and enhance your technical skills into specialist areas such as cyber security, metering/hydrocarbon accounting, advanced process controls or functional safety or become a regional/global subject matter expert (SME).
  • Opportunity to lead technical teams, manage technical activities/projects and for future development into senior leadership roles
  • Comprehensive financial package and on-site facilities

Roles commence throughout the year and start dates can be negotiated.

What we are looking for

This programme particularly suits graduates with a background and interest in process control, process automation, instrumentation and control, mechatronics or electrical/electronics engineering.


You should have obtained a minimum of a Bachelors degree in engineering or be studying towards a Masters degree.

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

The application process for our graduate programmes is rigorous, but is designed to enable the most talented graduates to stand out. After submitting an online application, you will be invited to complete our online assessments and our on-demand interview. Successful candidates will be invited to final stage of the selection process in a virtual assessment. This virtual assessment consists of two parts: a case study for which you will be asked to prepare a presentation (the case study will be shared with you in advance); and an interview, where you will have the chance to get to know us, and we can get to know you. To make the interview process more convenient and comfortable, we are leveraging the latest digital technology to bring the experience to you, wherever you may be.

Through this process we will be assessing candidates’:

  • Capacity – the intellectual ability to analyse and apply unfamiliar information to complex situations;
  • Achievement – the ability to identify and manage resources in order to deliver results;
  • Relationship-building – the ability to work within, and lead, diverse teams

Early application is strongly recommended as Shell recruits on a rolling basis.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 29/11/2018

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Closing date: 21/12/2018


Additional job details


Competitive salary

Working hoursFull-time

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