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Anna Verheecke, an auxiliary operator, is happy to work in the industry

28/11/18

At the age of 28, after trying out various fields, Anna Verheecke found the career for her. She has worked as an auxiliary operator at the LNG terminal since commissioning. The young woman from Saint-Pol is happy to work on the ground in an industrial environment where no two days are the same.

When she talks about her job, Anna Verheecke displays boundless energy. It's clear that she’s very enthusiastic about her profession. Even when she has to wake up at 4 a.m. to start her shift! Her job is little known to the general public and often surprises those around her. "It's a job I didn't know about myself before Pôle Emploi told me about it," admits Anna Verheecke. At the time, Anna, who holds a professional Baccalauréat in services and hospitality, was on a professional integration programme at Triselec as a quality agent. "I knew the job would only be temporary. I talked to my Pôle Emploi advisor about my desire to work in the industry. It was a sector that had interested me for a long time and I knew it was right for me when I worked at Triselec," she recalls. "When my advisor found out that Gaz-Opale was recruiting auxiliary operators to work on the LNG terminal, he immediately thought of me."

Anna Verheecke sailed through the first initial role-play and interview processes. "15 people were chosen to start training. We knew that at the end, Gaz-Opale was only going to keep on 10 of us. So I gave my all during the several months of training at the site, which was still under construction, at Total and at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal," says Anna Verheecke. In August 2014, she learned that she was one of the 10 people that got a job, to her great relief. Then began an intensive two-year training course to understand everything about how an LNG terminal works and to become an auxiliary operator. "Even today, I’m still in training because I have to be able to control fire risks and even know how to drive a fire truck, which means that I have to renew my certifications regularly," says Anna Verheecke.

On her job, which she loves so much and has been working at full-time since the LNG terminal was commissioned in January 2017, the young auxiliary operator is full of praise: "It's a job that involves shift work and no two days are ever the same. That’s what I love about it. Even if we have a very specific schedule and tasks to do, like checking the control room, checking in with the control panel manager and shift manager, security patrols in the car, checking each tank's pressure level and temperature, handling valves, checking in and unloading tankers, fire drills, incident response—every day is different. I also like working in a male environment as part of a team. It's physical work and can be hard sometimes when you're outdoors when it's cold and a freezing breeze comes in from the sea, but I wouldn't change jobs for the world. The LNG terminal is a massive facility that you don’t come across in everyday life and the general public aren’t allowed access, and that gives you a certain pride in working there," she concludes.

Article présenté sur la lettre d'information : Novembre 2018

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