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Where were you educated? Your qualifications? I completed my Civil Engineering undergraduate studies at City University, London, in 2007. Several years later I moved to Aberdeen for my postgraduate study, where I completed an MSc in Subsea Engineering at the University of Aberdeen.

Why did you join the industry?

The industry is very buoyant, with a wide variety of work available. The challenges are unique and there are many interesting learning opportunities for individuals who are not afraid to get their hands dirty.

What do you like most about your job and what would you change?

The international nature of the business and the opportunity to work with many different individuals with very different backgrounds worldwide, is something that has always interested me. As for something I would change? I guess I would like to spend a little more time in one location to get to know people better, but I am sure this will come in time.

What has been the best moment of your career so far?

One achievement I am particularly fond of was the Energy Apprentice event, organised last year by the SPE Aberdeen YP committee, which I was part of. It was a lot of hard work, but seeing it come together was very exciting.

What kind of future do you think the industry faces?

A bright one. There are many new developments and technologies on the horizon and that is bound to create opportunities for everybody. How do you like to spend your leisure time?

I have recently taken up rock climbing and enjoy it very much. Scotland is the perfect place to get into this (when it isn’t raining, that is!). What makes you angry?

Mistakes that can be avoided are always a source of frustration for me. If it can be done correctly, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be. What makes you happy?

It is always great to meet new people in and out of work. You always learn something new! Who inspires you? Why?

I like to look to my immediate surroundings for inspiration. I think everybody has achieved or experienced something that can inspire us in some way. The trick is being able to uncover these attributes and appreciate them for what they are.

What value does the SPE offer you and how/why do you contribute?

The SPE offers great opportunities to learn from your peers and to extend that all-important professional network. I try to attend as many events as I can and if there is an opportunity to be involved in organising an event, I try to take it up wherever possible.

What is your dream job?

Something that will keep me on the move, meeting new people and scratching my head!


60 Seconds with a Young Professional… Razzak Al-Gurnawi

MITAS Engineer, Maersk Oil, Aberdeen

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