Makin’ a Move: Summer Interns' Field Perspectives

ONEOK Plant Operations and Environmental teams work to ensure our facilities operate safely and efficiently – responsibilities that two of our field interns learned about this summer.

Christopher "C.J." Mitchell, from Oklahoma State University, joined the environmental group in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and Kyle Wilson, from Montana State University in Billings, interned with plant operations in Watford City, North Dakota. Both shared their experiences of spending the summer in new places, learning how to operate and maintain our facilities. 

"During the tour on my first day, not only did we go see the different facilities ONEOK has in Mont Belvieu but I also was taken to where a majority of the stores and restaurants are," Mitchell said. "Everyone was very welcoming, and that really made the whole process of moving for the summer less stressful."

He saw firsthand how our environmental teams work continuously to improve safety, environmental culture and performance.

"The main goal for the Environmental department is making sure we comply with laws and regulations while performing day-to-day operation activities," Mitchell explained.

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ONEOK Plant Operations and Environmental teams work to ensure our facilities operate safely and efficiently – responsibilities that two of our field interns learned about this summer.

He also experienced inclusion in action, witnessing how well different ONEOK teams accomplished tasks together.

"Plant operations and environmental regulators work together to make sure things are done safely, correctly and efficiently," he said. "Seeing how things are completed and the efforts necessary to keep a plant running is a great learning experience. Some things you just can't learn sitting in an office or classroom, and being able to walk outside to see the actual equipment in use is a huge plus."

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Meanwhile, Wilson enjoyed his internship in the Bakken.

"It was a new town, new job and new people to meet," he said. "I ended up learning everyone's name and tried to find out a little about them to make it easier when I was out there working with them."

He made many connections, thanks to how friendly and helpful everyone was at the plant.

In addition to various procedures, Wilson learned about pipeline pigs and distributed control systems, taking vapor-pressure measurements on the plant’s trains and many other skills.

"I had a great experience, and I am glad I chose ONEOK as my internship destination," said Wilson.

Working in a new place for the summer was the perfect opportunity for Wilson and Mitchell to apply the engineering skills they learned at college. These transplant interns now have a hands-on understanding of the midstream process and several new connections in their professional network.

 

This is the last blog in a series written by ONEOK Corporate Communications intern Caroline Reynolds, a senior advertising student at the University of Oklahoma.