Erica Devereaux graduated from Memorial University’s Process Engineering program in 2018. In November of that same year, she got a job as a Petroleum Engineer with Chevron Canada in St. John’s.
Is working in NL’s oil and gas industry rewarding?
I’m not happy unless I’m challenged, and my role at Chevron as a Petroleum Engineer definitely challenges me. I actually have a Bachelor of Process Engineering, so I knew when I applied that there would be a learning curve. It’s exciting to go outside your comfort zone, and I embrace it! The team I work with is so supportive, and Chevron provides such a great education and so many learning tools. If I were to sum it up: I love the company, I love the people, I love the challenge.
Why do you choose to live in NL?
I’m a proud Newfoundlander. I’m from Logy Bay and have lived there my whole life. Originally, when I graduated, I intended to leave the province to get some exposure to other locations, but every time I saw a job posting for St. John’s, I jumped on it. That told me where my heart was. I don’t think there’s a place like this anywhere else on the planet. I’m really enjoying being able to live and work where I was raised, and I’m proud to be contributing to Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy.
What’s your role at Chevron Canada?
Currently I am a Petroleum Engineer, but to be specific I am a Reservoir Engineer for Hebron. My job involves well planning, production forecasting, reservoir analysis and tracking production operations, but the team here is small and collaborative, so everyone helps with work outside their job description. Ultimately my role is to understand the reservoirs and optimize the development by making decisions that will lead to the best possible economic outcomes now and in the future.
What do you like about the work you’re doing?
I fell in love with the oil and gas industry after my first university work term in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. I like that every day is different, and the industry is always evolving and challenging me. You can never stop learning. I’m constantly asking myself “Are we doing this the best possible way? How do we make this better?” It’s constant improvement and that’s the way it should be. It’s exciting! Most of all, I love coming to work because of the team I work with, and I love coming home to be with my family at the end of the day.
Do you feel you’ve grown professionally at Chevron Canada?
Definitely. When I first started with Chevron, I had experience in Process Safety, Process and Mechanical Engineering and a subsurface role as a Production Engineer. Now that I am working as a Reservoir Engineer, I’m learning a lot more about geology with the help of the Earth Science team. There is a substantial amount of training available to me, including a fantastic new-graduate training program at Chevron. Formal training, mentoring and most of all learning by doing have been key components of my professional growth.
What do you do for fun?
I love spending time with family, preferably doing something social or high energy. I especially love to exercise. I come from an athletic family and always feel my best right after I leave the gym. When the weather is nice, I like to take advantage of the beautiful trails we have on the East Coast. I have a very extensive gymnastics background and I’m still involved with some coaching on the side. Coaching gymnastics is so exciting and rewarding, and it is a way for me to make sure gymnastics will always be a part of my life.