By Cherese Sonkkila
“I get to look inside the equipment and get a real understanding of what’s going on,” she says.
Carina works on a plant that produces ammonia, a chemical used in fertilisers and an ingredient in the production of ammonium nitrate, used to make explosives for the mining industry.
She completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) at Curtin University; a degree that she says is a great pathway into commercial engineering roles.
After receiving the CSBP Women in Engineering Scholarship in her third year, Carina did a CSBP vacation placement, a part-time cadetship, and then earned a spot as a full-time employee in their graduate program for 2016.
Chemical engineering is her passion because she loves solving problems. “It’s a mixture of logic and science, with a creative twist.”
At CSBP, Carina works closely with the production process team.
“It’s a really diverse workforce. I’ve worked with mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as fitters, electricians, and operators,” she says.
Carina also completes projects independently, like investigating and trialling ways to reduce costs and improve safety.
“That’s probably the best feeling ever, that you’re improving something based on knowledge and hard work.”
Author: Cherese Sonkkila
Cherese is a researcher and science communicator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about ecology and social science and loves getting out into the field.