Atiya Ikram Operations Engineer III, Operations Department
Studied: B.E Mechanical from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan
Joined UEP: April 2019
Enjoys: Travelling, cycling, reading
Soon after graduation, I started my career with OMV Pakistan as a Field Engineer in the Maintenance department. While we now have an increasing number of women working in technical functions at E&P companies across Pakistan, it is still unusual for girls to do field-based jobs. Though being away from home was tough, the support of my family enabled me to pursue my passion. For an engineer, there is nothing quite like seeing operations up-close at the field.
Although I am now based at the Head Office in Karachi, I still travel to UEP’s field sites, often for several days at a stretch. The work culture at our production sites is safe, secure, collaborative and inclusive. At UEP, there are equal opportunities for everyone to learn and advance. I always tell girls, thinking about pursuing a career in engineering, that if they are passionate about their work there are ample opportunities for growth.
I still remember when OMV’s assets were acquired by UEG. I felt quite anxious about what the change would entail. However today I think this acquisition had a positive impact on my career. UEP’s management is highly experienced and young people like me have the opportunity to learn from senior geoscientists and engineers.
I am glad to be a part of the UEP team.