KNOW THE PLANT, CHOOSING YOUR PATH[23.06.2021]
June. Time for graduation from vocational training institutions, demonstration exams and the defence of final qualification projects. The end of practical training period is nearing at Shchekinoazot's workshops.
Senior university and college students become familiar with the technology and the workplaces, and, with the help of mentors, collect material for their term and graduation papers at Shchekinoazot's new and long-standing facilities: the methanol and ammonia complex, the sulphuric acid shop, the methanol unit, and the urotropine/UFC shop.
In the carbon dioxide shop, youngsters from Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology and Shchekino Polytechnic College are learning the ropes at their job.
Andrey Leonov is a third-year student at ISUCT. His future field is in energy and resource-saving technologies, petrochemistry and biotechnology.
Here he has been introduced to the profession of a solid carbon dioxide production unit operator. He is not the first to be trained here; in February, a graduate student from the same university did an internship here. The students come to this shop often. Gennadiy Zverev, shop supervisor, and his deputy, Aleksandr Rostovskiy, handle them.
After the internship supervisor is done examining the topics of the term and graduation papers, the students receive the necessary materials and advice. This information will help them develop instructions and regulations.
The topic of Andrey Leonov's term paper, for example, covers the entire technological cycle of carbon dioxide production, from purification to the finished product. During the internship, the student, with the help of the supervisor, becomes thoroughly familiar with the equipment, draws diagrams and describes the process.
Supervisors from the educational institution assess the information provided by the student and their degree of topic mastery. After that, the data is detailed or expanded. This is how the feedback works: company to university, company to college.
Over the years, the principle of obtaining carbon dioxide from expansion gas has remained the same, but the environmental and safety demands on the equipment have increased, says shop supervisor Gennadiy Zverev. These norms are strictly enforced.
Parameter interdependencies, pressure and temperature can be found in special calibration tables, but a good unit operator knows them by heart. Both the quality of the finished product and its amount in the intermediate vessels and in the carbonic acid storage depend on strict compliance with the process regulations.
Andrey Leonov enjoys controlling the dry ice production process. He, like everyone in the workshop, is well briefed and familiar with health and safety regulations. He knows that dry ice has a temperature of minus 78.9 degrees Celsius, which can give one serious frostbite on contact. The responsibility is high, and the student from Ivanovo understands it well.
He is now at the equator of his internship, two weeks into it. Andrey enjoys coming to work in the shop. The best experience for him was at the CPU, where he was introduced to the operation of the instruments. He also enjoyed a tour of the company and a visit to the Hall of Labour Fame organised by the Personnel Development Department. He was impressed by the scale of the construction work at the plant and the well-equipped dormitories for young professionals. Andrey appreciated the company's social policy.
He lives in a dormitory at Shchekino Polytechnic College, which Shchekinoazot has renovated for students from other towns who come for internships at the company. He says the living conditions are excellent. In a word, he concludes, he sees a job at Shchekinoazot as the most likely option for himself.
Yuliya Machneva and Yekaterina Vorobyova, third-year students from Shchekino Polytechnic College, future organic synthesis technologists, plan to join Shchekinoazot as laboratory technicians after graduating from the college.
Yuliya's mother, Olesya Shchelokova, works in a laboratory at the caprolactam production unit, and her daughter is going to follow in her footsteps. The Machnevs have a labour dynasty here!
Katya commutes to classes from Tula. She says all she ever wanted was to do chemistry in a real factory and lab. She took extra lessons in chemistry from a tutor, who, being an experienced teacher, advised her to enrol at SPC where she would be able to both study and arrange her career. Yekaterina, a practical person, was also attracted by the benefits and the housing programme for young professionals, to help her future family live a comfortable life.
Meanwhile, after a safety briefing, they are learning the layouts and mastering in practice the process of pouring the finished product, liquid carbon dioxide, into the tanker trucks.
The girls have another year of study ahead of them. However, today they are already well on their way. It seems as though they have come to realise that Shchekinoazot is the right place to tie their long-term plans to and that they can build a confident and stable life working there.