Fawas Olaosebikan is a 400L student of the department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ibadan. He’s currently interning at Port-Harcout Refining Company Nig., and he is our NIMechE-UI Intern of the Week. Read on to find out what being an intern has been like for Fawas.
Can we meet you?
I am Fawas Olaosebikan, a 400L student of Mechanical Engineering department. I am from Osun state, Ejigbo to be precise.
So, where have you been interning so far?
Port-Harcourt Refining (not Refinery) Company Nig. (a subsidiary of NNPC)
Wow. A subsidiary of NNPC sounds like a good place. Shed some more light on the refining and refinery part please.
Actually, that’s the name of the company. A lot of people make that mistake when saying the company name and they get corrected. That’s why I emphasized it so that you could take note.
Okay, that’s their name. Cool. So, what do you guys do at Port Harcourt Refining Company Nig.?
We refine hydrocarbons, basically crude oil, into petrol -which we call PMS-, diesel, kerosene and products everyone can use.
That’s interesting. For the sake of the current 300L students, how were you able to secure this placement?
Actually, I applied at the wrong time as NNPC does their recruitment for 6-month IT in January and June and since we finished our first semester around October, it made the process a little complicated. But long story short, God made it a success through the assistance of a family friend
“Assistance”….Lol. We thank God
Does it surprise you when I mention assistance? We all know the current situation of Nigeria.
Of course. Nigeria, surely, has made the rules. “Assistance” and smartness are the way. So, who and what have you missed most about Mech. and UI for the period you have been away?
Well, first of all I miss my friends, I miss them badly; the ecstasy, going to classes, before and after classes. I kind of miss the academic stress too. I had already gotten used to the whole system of jacking, meeting up to deadlines, submitting assignments, preparing for tests etc. I gave myself a break since IT begun, for now, I’ve only been reading non-academic books (religious, motivational, personal development and all) and I have not yet resumed jacking. And as a Zikite, I miss Zik hall so much; I don’t need to say much about it. I miss everything about the hall.
Greatest Zikite! Baluba must be proud of you. You said you miss the academic stress; I was expecting that. But seeing as you have not been jacking, do you think that will affect your adaptation back to UI in 500L?
No no no, it wouldn’t affect it. I don’t think so.
Okay, if you say so. What can you tell us about UI’s standard when you compare theory in school with practical in the industry?
Wow, this is a serious question. Well, with the little exposure I have gotten, I will say UI is really trying with the practical so far; they are not doing bad. I thank God that I was able to come across a program here that was organized to help us maximize the internship program. It was through that program I was able to find out how to go about some things. Also, I met people who were ready to impact; they were always willing to answer questions. They even linked things to the theoretical aspects and it made me realize that it’s good to understand theory so that the practical will be easier. When they explain things, it’s easier for me to understand because of the theoretical knowledge I have gained from school. For example, we applied concepts I learnt from fluid mechanics as we dealt with pumps, valves and flows generally. I also discovered that engineers generally don’t do the practical work. They know it but aren’t the ones doing it. I was in offsite maintenance and the engineers just supervised. They weren’t the guys with the spanners, that was more the support staff. UI may not be doing up to a point, but they are not doing bad.
Hmm, Engineers are the thinkers. It’s safe to say that your internship has opened your eyes to see what engineering is about. Where do you see NIMechE-UI in the next one year and what role do you see yourself playing?
I have been thinking of how to really participate in NiMechE-UI and help move it forward. But before I talk about that, I would like to appreciate the current president. He has done really well; he has done a lot for NiMechE-UI and I hope the next tenure will be able to uphold the standard. It’s not only about the president, but also about his colleagues, which is the position we will be during the next tenure. However, we will try our possible best to see how we can make things better. He has set a pace for us to maintain. Engineering has really gone ahead in Nigeria and in UI, and the clubs created in NiMechE-UI are good steps in the right direction. I will do my best to make sure NiMechE-UI keeps moving forward.
Well, that’s good to hear. Any final shout outs?
Of course! Shout out to Mech Gang 470 level, …I pray that this IT is a good one and that it helps us realize our areas of specialization. Shout out to everyone! Thank you
Alright! Thank you for your time. We look forward to having you back.
Thank you for staying with us. Watch out for Episode II of our Intern of the Week series this time next week.
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