Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)
After graduating with Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with Honours Class 1, Haley accepted a job as a Process Design Engineer with the BP Bulwer Island Refinery in Brisbane.
“I finished a chemical engineering degree at UQ in 2004, after completing my A-Levels in Malaysia," she said.
"During my undergraduate years at UQ, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to undertake vacation work at several different environments, which included the WMC Fertiliser Operations in Phosphate Hill (North West Queensland); the Rio Tinto Technical Services office in Milton; and at BP Bulwer Island Refinery in Brisbane.
"In January 2005, I joined BP as a process design engineer at their Bulwer Island Refinery in Brisbane. As this was also where I undertook vacation work in my third year of University, I knew it was going to be a great place to work. As a design engineer, I was involved in a major revamp of the Hydrocracker, which is the heart of the diesel production at our refinery. The Hydrocracker has the ability to make ultra-low sulphur diesel of less than 10ppm sulphur. I have also been given an opportunity to take lead roles in various design and optimisation projects around different units in the refinery, which has been a very rewarding experience.
"I enjoy the variety, challenge and people at my job, who have a great sense of teamwork and are there to support each other in achieving a common goal. The opportunities at BP are also endless, and graduates receive career advice and guidance early in their careers.
"Studying chemical engineering at UQ has prepared me well for the workforce. Chemical engineering at UQ is largely project and team-based, which is what it is like in the real world. The focus the course places on problem-solving and analytical thinking has also been very beneficial, as such skills are highly valued in the workplace.”