Andrew Goodridge

MEng, Technip

Andrew is 24 year old Newfoundlander, recently graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Oil & Gas Studies. Andrew gained his first experience in the local Oil & Gas industry in the fall of 2010, where worked as a work term student with Husky Energy in the subsea department. Subsequent work terms at Husky Energy & Technip Canada allowed Andrew to gain valuable experience and knowledge, both offshore and onshore, in the Subsea field which eventually lead to being hired full time by Technip Canada in June of 2013.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys competitive sailing, travelling, skiing, and windsurfing.

We asked Andrew:

The OGM: What does sustainability mean to you?

Andrew: Sustainability is the continuous effort to develop technologies in order to convert non-renewable resources into a sustainable future.

The OGM: Have you had a mentor?

Andrew: I can’t name one person in particular, but I have been very fortunate to have supervisors and coworkers over the years that have helped motivate me to be independent while still providing me with the guidance to learn from their experience and allow me to contribute at the highest level.

The OGM: What does success mean to you?

Andrew: Success can come in many different ways, but ultimately to me I see success as receiving recognition for my accomplishments.

The OGM: If you were to describe your career in three words what would they be?

Andrew: Hands-on, Fast-paced, and Exciting.

The OGM: What advice would you give to someone looking for a career in the energy industry?

Andrew: In order to learn and develop the required skills, you must challenge yourself and approach unfamiliar and difficult tasks with confidence. Project based positions provide fast-paced learning opportunities for young professionals.

The OGM: Describe a milestone in your career?

Andrew: Well the biggest Milestone in my career has to be accepting a my first full time position with Technip Canada in October 2012. I was part way through my second work term at Technip (last of my degree), when I was offered a position to return full time in April once I graduated.

The OGM: Describe a challenge you faced in your career?

Andrew: One of the challenges I faced and am still facing is gaining the respect and confidence from senior engineers / supervisors / managers.

The OGM: What impact does technology have on your career?

Andrew: Technology is an integral part of today’s oil and gas industry. One of the most significant impacts it has on my career is providing me with immediate accessibility to worldwide communication and information.

The OGM: What do the next five years look like in your career?

Andrew: The next 5 years for me will be gaining as much experience as I can with Technip. I expect to be very busy as Technip Canada are currently working on 4 major projects this year alone, and should continue to stay busy over the next 5 years with multiple projects upcoming for offshore Newfoundland.

The OGM: Were you always interested in a career in Energy?

Andrew: It was always a goal of my when I started my Engineering degree in 2007 to work in the local energy industry, more specifically offshore oil and gas industry. In 2010 I accepted a work term position with Husky Energy in the Subsea Operations department. This position gave me the opportunity to gain valuable insight into many intricacies of the oil/energy industry and I have continued working in the same field since.

The OGM: What interests you to sustain a career in the energy industry?

Andrew: The energy industry will always be relevant especially here in Newfoundland. Offshore explorations and growing oil fields ensure exciting opportunities for the duration of my career.

The OGM: Do you have a role model you look up to?

Andrew: Again, no one in particular, but have had many people in my life who have been positive influences which I look up to.

The OGM: What does energy mean to you?

Andrew: Energy is the lifeline for the majority of the world’s population. Energy provides limitless opportunities in the areas of technology development to meet worldwide demands.

The OGM: What is your favorite APP on your phone?

Andrew: Twitter.

The OGM: What impact will the Millennial Generation have on the energy industry?

Andrew: The millennial generation will help further integrate new technologies into the industry. As technologies evolve it will be critical for the millennial generation to use these new technologies to increase the limits on what the energy sector can provide as resources.

The OGM: What’s your take on Social Media and our ever changing digital world?

Andrew: Social Media is the fastest source of news / information in today’s society and will only continue to grow. I use a number of Social media platforms on a daily basis, and see it having a positive impact on society moving forward.

The OGM: What Social Medium do you use on a daily basis?

Andrew: I use several Social Mediums on daily basis; Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

The OGM: Do you use Social Media for work?

Andrew: I don’t use Social Media directly for work but I use LinkedIn regularly to connect with past and present co-works / supervisors.

The OGM: What do you think of Social Recruiting?

Andrew: I think Social Recruiting will be the way of the future. LinkedIn is a great platform for professionals in the oil and gas industry to connect with each other. As an example, the Oil and Gas Magazine initially contacted me about the Up & Coming segment through LinkedIn.

The OGM: Why do you love what you do?

Andrew: Because I am fortunate to work for a great company with great employees, doing challenging and exciting work that I very much enjoy doing.

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