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Usaid Rana

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Chemical Engineer




1. Masters of Chemical Engineering   - UWA

2. Bachelor of Science (Engineering and Chemistry) - UWA

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Usaid is currently working as a Process Engineer at Woodside Energy, a global energy company.

Prior to his transition into the workforce, Usaid completed his Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical) at UWA where he was heavily involved with empowering budding engineers as the Chairperson of the UWA Young Engineers.

He also explored the field of Biomedical Engineering through Vasclab at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, where he was awarded the William and Marlene Schrader Prize, for achieving the highest grade in a biomedical engineering thesis, and was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Usaid also comes from a diverse background, having grown up in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Karratha before moving to Perth at the age of 14.

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This episode features 27-year-old Process Engineer – Usaid Rana, who completed his masters of chemical engineering and currently works for one of Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company. From a very young age, Usaid knew he wanted to become an engineer, and had some strong influencers throughout his journey.

Top questions for chemical engineer:

  • 1:21 – What does a chemical engineer do?

  • 2:46 – Why did you consider Chemical Engineering and not other specializations?

  • 6:34 – What is your favorite thing about your profession?

  • 8:08 – Did you have a backup-plan if engineering did not work out?

  • 11:31 – What’s the study/workload like in university?

  • 14:54 – do you have opportunities to travel in your role?

  • 16:09 – How many hours a week do you work?

  • 18:14 – what is the salary range when starting out as a chemical engineer? And how far can you go?

  • 21:15 – What keeps you motivated on the job?

  • 22:46 – What is your long-term goal?

  • 25:12 - Do you have any advice for students wanting to pursuit this career pathway?

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