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Mumbai / Oil and gas / Project manager

Kaushal Shah

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Kaushal with his dog Here is Kaushal spending some quality time with his dog.

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I got the opportunity to work as an intern during my high school years. It was a fabulous experience and I was truly impressed by their oil and gas capabilities. The working culture was very good, my superiors took a genuine interest in increasing my knowledge about the industry. This internship was responsible for my passion to become an engineer. Another reason for selecting Mott MacDonald was their global presence. I knew that it would allow me to travel globally and work with teams from different cultures. Mott MacDonald’s global presence has defined my career and I truly enjoy the opportunities the company gives to their young professionals.

What is the best thing about your role?

I currently manage the workshare projects between our US JV company, Hatch Mott MacDonald and our Mumbai oil and gas design center. Having worked at various Mott MacDonald and Hatch Mott MacDonald offices (Oman, Mumbai and Holyoke, US), I get to learn about global engineering design requirements and local jurisdictional restrictions. It allows me to develop deeper knowledge of pipeline engineering. My role allows me to make frequent trips to the US and interact with offices throughout the US and Canada.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

The working culture at Mott MacDonald and Hatch Mott MacDonald is professional and motivating. Senior staff members take a genuine interest in improving your technical skills and provide you with the space to grow into your niche. They have supported my various initiatives and have trusted me to deliver quality work. They do not follow a culture of micro management and want employees to grow under the mentorship of various senior staff members. The company truly follows the 'One Firm' culture as US and India managers work together to improve employee engagement and development.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

I joined the Mumbai oil and gas office as a summer intern in 2007. I continued my association with Mott MacDonald in the Muscat, Oman office as a pipeline engineering intern in the summer of 2010. My first full time position at Mott MacDonald was at the Hatch Mott MacDonald Holyoke office as a grade I engineer. I worked at the Holyoke office for over two and a half years during which I was promoted to a grade II engineer. After which I moved to Mumbai to support Hatch Mott MacDonald’s workshare efforts with the oil and gas Andheri design center. Since then I have grown from a project engineer to a project manager in the pipelines department.

How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

This is a difficult question to answer. This moment changes on a yearly basis. Mott MacDonald and Hatch Mott MacDonald have always challenged me to think bigger and better. I was part of the founding stress analysis team in Holyoke where we performed linear pipeline stress analysis for over 300 kilometers in one year. This year my proudest moment is developing a team of designers and engineers from scratch to support over five US pipeline projects. From teaching US regulatory requirements to client / north pipelines drafting / drawing standards, this has been a challenge I have enjoyed. The team has grown from seven to 30 members.

What is your favourite pastime?

My favourite pastimes are running and football. I have recently started running and have participated in various 5 and 10 kilometer runs. I also organized a run for Hatch Mott MacDonald during my time at the Holyoke office. My other pastime is playing and watching football, I am a diehard Manchester United fan. I also enjoy travelling and learning about new cultures.

Where is your favourite place?

My favourite place is home.

What inspires you at work?

Hatch Mott MacDonald and Mott MacDonald have given me a lot of opportunities over the past four years. From working in the stress team, to leading projects in US / Canada, and to developing a workshare team in Mumbai. What inspires me is the trust the company has put in me and my responsibility to deliver.

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