Job description:
Facility Planning Specialist

What qualifications do you need for your job?

Peter Heinemann: You need a degree in a technical subject. I myself graduated in processing engineering. Plant and mechanical engineering are other possible alternatives. I'm also a trained craftsman, which also helps of course.

What are your typical main tasks?

Heinemann: We plan facilities at our pipeline network: gas pressure regulating systems, compressor stations and also the pipelines themselves. Pretty much everything related to them – from basic engineering down to the tiniest detail. 

What are the particular advantages of your post?

Heinemann: I find it especially exciting to construct large facilities like our compressor stations. Piecing together the big picture, a complete facility, out of a lot of components never fails to fascinate me. If you're interested in gas, energy and the facilities required for them, then we're definitely the right place for you. 

What special interests and skills should you bring with you?

Heinemann: I had a lot to do with gas facilities before I joined GASCADE, so I was soon able to get to grips with the work. I'd therefore say: You should have an interest in gas as a fuel and the related technology. I find it important to have interests across different trades and disciplines. After all, you have to work together with external companies and also be able to inspect what they do.

How did the company help you get to know the ropes?

Heinemann: It was learning by doing, as I had previously worked in the gas industry, and that was precisely the right approach.

How can you gain further qualifications?

Heinemann: I can gain further qualifications internally and externally. In some cases, we take up the offerings BASF provides or invite experts to hold training courses. The company supports everything that's good and sensible.