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Peder Gjestvang is one of our latest Graduate Engineers. Joining the company in a permanent position in August 2020, he is currently based in our Oslo office. We are excited to follow his journey through the Graduate Programme, which will expose him to different departments and disciplines over during the three-year programme.

Being a Graduate Engineer at BW Offshore

Peder Gjestvang

My career in BW Offshore started when joining the Global Summer Internship in 2019. The internship was an amazing experience, where I spent five weeks in the Oslo office and three weeks in the Singapore office.

During my stay in Singapore I also spent time in Keppel Shipyard, where I, along with other interns, performed a condition assessment of the bilge and ballast system on the vessel Berge Helene, as well as a tank inspection. The time spent in the yard was a rewarding experience and a great supplement to the more theoretical angle I got from University.

My tasks during the programme consisted of developing Process Flow Diagrams for certain marine systems onboard Berge Helene, developing a Design Performance Standard for the Bilge and Ballast System, and performing hull strength analyses of the same vessel in Nauticus Hull software. In addition, all the interns participated in a group task, where we got exposed to working in an international multi-disciplinary team.

The experience from the internship provided me with a good insight in the varied tasks I could expect to be part of in the company, while being exposed to the global corporate culture and the opportunities of working internationally, both on- and offshore. All this made it an easy decision to start my career at BW Offshore when I was offered a Graduate position.

Returning to the company in August 2020, I have initially been assigned to the Naval Department, where I am working on the structural aspect of our vessels, involving Finite Element Analysis. I have been given important and interesting tasks as well as major responsibility early on, accompanied by structured guidance and direction from more senior colleagues.

I am confident that BW Offshore will provide me with opportunities to grow my career, and I am proud to work for a company that really invests in the next generation, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, where both the Graduate- and Summer Internship programmes have continued despite the challenging circumstances.

Peder Gjestvang, Graduate Engineer