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Engineering internship final report: BHP billiton

Ray, Matthew (2011) Engineering internship final report: BHP billiton. Internship Report, Murdoch University.

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During their last year of University, two final year students studying Engineering at Murdoch University were given the opportunity to complete a 16 week internship at the BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina Refinery in Western Australia’s South West. The students were a part of the Process Control Group at the refinery who is responsible for maintaining the sites Process Control System. During the span of the internship a number of projects were assigned to each intern to allow a diverse range of engineering tasks to be experienced. These projects coincided with the student’s major Engineering degree components, Industrial Computer Systems Engineering and Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering. This report will detail the projects taken on by intern Matthew Ray and the knowledge he gained throughout the internship as a result of project work.

Before any project work could take place a thorough understanding of the refinery’s operations and more importantly a comprehensive familiarisation of the refinery’s control system had to be acquired. This included study of the system architecture, engineering tools and standard engineering practice used on site. This knowledge is detailed in preliminary sections of this report.

The projects worked on during the placement are discussed thoroughly including background information relevant to the project and the technical methods utilised during project work. The project work covered in this report is listed below

• Alarm Configuration Management Trial Server
• Experion Development Test Network
• SCOM C300 Monitoring Implementation
• Facility 24B Efficiency & Growth Commissioning
• Valve Stroking Control Module

During the course of the internship, the majority of time was spent completing project work some of which was carried out with fellow intern, Elliot Payne.
Additional tasks completed throughout the internship are also covered including descriptions of Morning Meetings, Weekly Key Performance Indicator Meetings and Monthly Safety Meetings.

The internship has proven to be a worthwhile learning exercise not only as a result of project work but also having the opportunity to interact with technical professionals in an industrial environment.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
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