Adebisi Adele is a mechanical engineer at the Chevron El Segundo refinery. Her role is to make sure all of the mechanical equipment is up to code in order to efficiently process crude oil into different products that are used every day. "Discovering You: Engineering Your World" is produced by NBC News Learn in partnership with Chevron, the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Science Foundation.
Discovering You – Engineering Your World – Adebisi Adele
ADEBISI ADELE (Mechanical Engineer):
Across the refinery, you will find a number of these pieces of equipment.
I'm Adebisi Adele and I'm a mechanical engineer.
This is a heat exchanger, or at least part of it. A heat exchanger takes a hot stream and a cold stream and makes the hot stream cold and the cold stream hot.
As a mechanical engineer here at Chevron El Segundo refinery, I get involved with projects from anything from pipelines to compressors to heat exchangers. Part of my role in supporting the refinery is to make sure that all the mechanical equipment is up to code and up to standard.
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up in Houston, Texas. I actually discovered engineering through my brother. So while I was in high school, my brother was actually working as an engineer, a mechanical engineer, as well. And he would always come back from all his trips from work and just tell me about all the amazing projects he got to work on. So in that process, I began to just learn and really soak in all the information about engineering.
Oil and gas is a part of each and every single person's life, I would like to say. Whether it is providing gas to heat up your home, producing the gas that we put in our vehicles. One of the things that I look at is we power the world. We take raw materials, such as crude oil, and we're able to distill it out to produce different types of products.
Part of my role as a designs engineer is to issue out engineering work orders, or EWOs. One of the most amazing things about my job is being able to see something that I designed, a work order that I issued out, and then walking around the refinery and seeing it in place. It's just such a beautiful thing just to think about how you were able to use, not only your engineering background and critical-thinking skills, but then also being able to get creative with the project and seeing that in real time in the refinery helping to move along the process with the final products.
We believe in teamwork, so depending on the project, we can involve some of our process engineers, who typically have a chemical engineering background, to some of our maintenance workers.
Looks good, looks good.
My final thoughts with engineering, if it's something that you're interested in and you think you can do it, go for it. It's such a beautiful and limitless field. Literally, you can work in any industry and apply the knowledge that you gained through engineering into your everyday life. The world is at your fingertips.
In some places, petroleum bubbles to the surface of the Earth. In parts of California, for instance, oil seeps to the surface. However, most oil is trapped in underground oil reservoirs.
The total amount of petroleum in a reservoir is called oil-in-place. Many petroleum liquids that make up a reservoir's oil-in-place are unable to be extracted. These petroleum liquids may be too difficult, dangerous or expensive to drill. The part of a reservoir's oil-in-place that can be extracted and refined is that reservoir's oil reserves.
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