Introducing Bilfinger Salamis Graduate Engineers


September welcomed two young engineers to the business as they embarked on the relaunched Bilfinger graduate programme.

Both graduates of Robert Gordon University’s Mechanical Engineering course, Charlie Enzerink and David Hoang have spent their initial months working in various departments and gaining an understanding of the business.

For Charlie, a career in engineering has long been his ambition. Excelling at technical subjects during his time at Mackie Academy, on leaving school he embarked on a HND in Mechanical Engineering at North East Scotland College, before going on to further study the subject at RGU, graduating with an MEng.

Having graduated in June, subsequent job searches led him to apply for Bilfinger’s graduate opportunities.

He said: “What interested me most (about the company) was that it operates in so many different phases and processes in the life cycle of an offshore energy installation.”

In his time with the company so far Charlie has worked with the Total operations team and Inspection department.

He added: “It has been really interesting meeting new people and seeing the different ways each department operates. I have learnt a variety of things in each department, however the main thing I have learnt is how key communication is to the whole process.”

Currently based at Tamala, Bilfinger’s plant and  equipment facility, Charlie is experiencing yet another aspect of the company’s operation, and is enjoying being a little more hands on. As for the future Charlie is not sure what he wants to do within the company or industry yet, but hopes to carry on learning new things and developing his skills as an engineer.

When David began his graduate project engineer role, this was not his first experience of working with Bilfinger colleagues.

Having worked with Bilfinger project managers in his previous role, when the opportunity to take up a graduate position was advertised he knew that this was a company he could see himself working for.

He said: ”I was attracted to working with Bilfinger as when I worked with project managers in my previous role any requests would be met with a ‘can do’ attitude and they more often than not ‘made it work’ in terms of the solutions required. Additionally the clients that Bilfinger have I believe show they are best in class, and seemed like a company that I could see myself growing and developing with.”

David has gained experience in engineering having worked in various roles in the oil and gas industry. Serving his time as an instrument technician apprentice after leaving school, he then went on to study for a degree in Accounting and Finance. During his studies he gained a placement year with an oil and gas company, where he decided that engineering was the career for him. He then went on to study for a masters in Project Management whilst also taking evening classes in Mechanical Engineering. Following his graduation he went on to work in measurement engineering, but when the Bilfinger graduate role became available the opportunity to learn and develop saw him apply.

Having spent time with the Culzean project team and scaffold design department in his first few months, David is currently based with the Specialist Services team. 

He said: “My time so far has been a steep learning curve that I have embraced and enjoyed.”