Cody Brown

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Cody Brown

  • Graduate Engineer - Todd Energy
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Chemical and Materials Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?

I had a goal from high school onwards of working in the oil and gas industry. Seeing the offshore oil rigs and large manufacturing plants in my hometown of New Plymouth influenced my choice of studies. My career plan did not change throughout my studies - I understand I’m an outlier in that regard. However, there is nothing wrong with making a change if you realise you’re not passionate about your chosen path! Most people change career paths many times throughout their lives so change is normal! Personally, I believe the oil and gas industry has proven itself as a great place for engineers to develop themselves, work on exciting projects, have access to many opportunities, and most importantly for me, have meaningful work which has a positive impact on our daily lives.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?

The Todd Energy Graduate Programme is an excellent way to gain exposure to various disciplines of this industry. In this way, you gain broad experience while deciding on the discipline you think you’d like to pursue. I have developed a strong passion for the subsurface side of the oil and gas industry. The uncertainty of the subsurface is often polarising between engineers, however, I find it absolutely fascinating! As a result, I’ve begun studying part-time towards a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering which Todd Energy has encouraged and supported. In 5-10 years’ time, I see myself working in a development team, contributing to the understanding of a reservoir, estimating reserves, performing reservoir simulations, and providing input to surface facilities project design.

How valuable was your internship OR work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?

My internships with a small oil company was a pivotal point in my engineering career. Seeing first-hand how engineering looks in a professional sense was a real eye-opener. It was the first time I truly saw from the inside what the oil and gas industry is all about, and this really honed my passion. It was extremely developing for myself as a young engineering student and I believe it opened more doors for me.