Get to know our people - Justine White



  1. I’ve worked at Viva Energy since the very beginning! I originally started as a Shell graduate in 2013, and have been with Shell/Viva Energy ever since.
  2. My first job was as a burger flipper when I was 14. I’ve come a long way since then.
  3. My role is as a Rotating Equipment Engineer. I’m currently the lead rotating equipment engineer for a major maintenance turnaround taking place at the refinery later this year. This includes determining the rotating equipment schedule, working through technical challenges around how to execute the scope, parts ordering, inspections etc.
  4. I help people reach their destination by doing my bit to improve the performance of the refinery so that we can continue to produce products for the market. The reliable operation of the refinery is crucial to ensuring we continue to meet our customers’ fuel demands.
  5. The best part of my job is the challenge! The refinery is a very dynamic environment, so you’re regularly facing new challenges to troubleshoot and work through. It means you’re constantly learning and developing.
  6. I was led to this career by my physics teacher. I loved physics in high school, so my teacher suggested I try a double degree in science and mechanical engineering and I have never looked back.
  7. I prefer to start the day by having a strong long black and listening to the ‘Coffee Break’ French podcast (I’m currently learning French).
  8. I prefer to end the day by having a herbal tea and a few bits of chocolate.
  9. I am energised by running. I do middle distance athletics, and I always find that no matter how tired I am before a session, I always feel better afterwards (maybe not immediately after though!).
  10. The most interesting thing I am working on right now is the RCCU maintenance project planned for later this year. This is one of the refinery’s most important units, and I will be leading the rotating equipment scope which will incorporate a major overhaul on two of our largest pieces of rotating equipment on site.
  11. The worst job I ever had was as a debt collector at a call centre but from this, I learned to appreciate my current role, and the fact that I’ve found a career I’m passionate about. It also taught me empathy. You hear a lot of different stories and it made me realise that you never know what someone might be going through behind closed doors.
  12. The greatest career advice I was given was to make sure you are being challenged in your role. This was significant to me as it’s easy to get comfortable in your career, however in order to develop it’s important to push yourself outside your comfort zone and make sure you’re constantly learning and improving.
  13. The most important skill every person should have is good communication. In my experience the most successful workplaces have teams that communicate effectively and support each other. Team work makes the dream work.
  14. The one topic I wish I knew more about is Space. When I was little I really wanted to be an astronaut, and although I never followed through with that one I still find anything to do with space fascinating!
  15. How do you see this role evolving over the next 5 years? I think there will be a much larger focus on long term proactive reliability improvements. We’ve slowly been improving our reliability performance, which has meant we’re spending less time managing reactive maintenance, and more time implementing strategies to improve the long term viability of our refinery.
  16. Early bird or night owl? Definitely more of an early bird but I can occasionally be a night owl if I need to be!
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