Rachel Kieley  


Name: Rachel Kieley

Occupation: Reservoir/Production Engineering Student

Employer: Equinor Canada

Education: Currently a 4th year Civil Engineering Student at Memorial University

Wha​t does y​our typical workday involve?

Working as a student with Equinor Canada, I support reservoir and production engineers with data visualization and analysis. I also assist with setting up simulations, often relating to well planning  The purpose of this work is to determine the best strategy to extract oil from the Bay du Nord oilfield located Offshore NL.

What do you most love about your profession? Why did you choose this career?

I love working in the energy industry because it is a global necessity  but is also constantly evolving and presenting new challenges. I specifically enjoy analyzing data, and using it to solve problems.With Equinor, I used computer softwares to complete many of my tasks efficiently, learning the capabilities of new technology is also intriguing.

When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?

I participated in the Women in Science and Engineering’s Summer Student Employment Program after I completed 11th grade of high school. Here, I was given the opportunity to work as a Waste Plastics Research Assistant while also visiting STEM related work places, exploring STEM related careers, and meeting a great group of girls who had similar STEM related goals as myself.  

What were your favorite subjects in school?

I loved math, physics and chemistry which motivated me to pursue an engineering degree in university.

What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?

​Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and have confidence in your work. Starting off can be challenging, especially when working with   experienced professionals. Enjoy the learning experience. Also, there is such a wide range of job opportunities that can be pursued in these industries, many of which you don’t know exist. So, be open to new experiences.

Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?

​STEM and Skilled trades related careers are some of the fastest growing in the world, and the demand for them is increasing. These industries offer a large variety of exciting opportunities that females should not miss out on these fulfilling careers due to gender misconceptions. Women bring different perspectives to the workplace and have the potential to make significant impact on the industry.

Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?

As a hockey fan, I have always looked up to Hayley Wickenheiser. She was the first female to play in a men’s professional hockey game. By showing courage and passion she has proved that women are just as capable as men. She is an excellent example for females to pursue their dreams, no matter how challenging it may seem.

What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?

I am athletic by nature, and enjoy playing soccer, hockey, biking, and hiking. I have a passion for travelling and love learning about different cultures. Finally, nothing beats relaxing on a comfy couch and reading a good book.

What superhero do you relate to most? Why?

As a Marvel fan, I relate to Scarlet Witch. As a strong independent female, she demonstrates perseverance, determination and many other inspirational qualities that I strive to exhibit.

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