Iona joined BP in 2015, and had a gift for engineering when she was young
I’ve always loved to pick apart different objects, to understand their mechanisms. When I was younger I picked apart alarm clocks, wrist watches and household appliances, such as a washing machine.In this field there’s a lot of legislation, particularly health & safety, which we need to be aware of during our practical work. We also learn about mechanics and electrical engineering. We have workshops where we take apart and learn about different types of machinery that we could see on-board the ship. The most exciting work has been the 2,000-hour maintenance of a generator, probably because I was very involved in it. We had to take off the fuel injectors and test them to make sure they were firing at the correct pressure. It was a very thorough process and with many different aspects that we had to consider. At BP, they look after you very well. They take everything into account – our wellbeing, comfort and accommodation. If anyone needs anything they take it really seriously – even the small things. Whether it has to do with college accommodation or hotel residence, they look after us no matter what.