Delyth Williams studied Chemical and Biochemical Engineering graduating in 2004.
Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?
I absolutely loved the location (still do!), and the Chemical Engineering Department was so friendly when I visited on an open day the decision to study at Swansea was easy. The course had a very good reputation, which also meant academically I was making a good choice.
What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?
The people - the staff and students within the Engineering faculty, and other departments were fantastic. Chemical Engineering is a tough course, but with the support and good humour of my fellow students, it was four of the most enjoyable years of my life to date.
What are you doing now career-wise?
I currently work for an Oil Company, Phillips 66 (previously known as ConocoPhillips) and am based at one of their oil refineries in Lincolnshire. I am a Production Coordinator, responsible for the coordination of the feedstocks coming into the refinery, the optimisation of the refinery and the management of the products leaving the refinery.
How has Swansea University and your course helped you with your chosen career path?
Without my degree I would not have secured my job at Phillips 66. My degree was crucial in securing my initial role with Phillips 66 as a Refinery Chemical Engineer. The technical engineering and soft skills I developed at Swansea have enabled me to progress successfully at the refinery over the last 8 years.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Managing many different aspects of the refinery simultaneously. Applying my technical engineering knowledge to the decisions I make and fully understanding the implications on the refinery. Developing the refinery operation plan, but being able to think and respond quickly to any changes in this plan.
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
Seeing the refinery run well, as a result of the decisions I have made!
What advice do you have for current students and new graduates?
Take advantage of every opportunity given to you. Work hard, your education is the best gift you can give yourself. Take full advantage of Swansea’s amazing location as your time there will fly by!
What are your plans for the future?
Continue to work hard and progress my career as a Chemical Engineer, and keep on encouraging others to further their education.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
Getting my degree and securing a good job.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Swansea?
Climbing on the Gower, spontaneous beers at J.C’s and then trying to concentrate in Chemical Engineering labs the next day, the amazing people I met!
And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…
Energetic, enthusiastic, happy