After starting a double degree in Science and Engineering at Melbourne University, Nakita completed her Science degree (Biochemistry and Microbiology), then transferred to RMIT to complete her degree in Chemical Engineering, finishing mid-year 2010. ExxonMobil offered a part time position in a project scoping role within the Offshore Facilities group working on the Kipper Tuna Turrum (KTT) project in 2010.
Nakita commenced full time employment as an offshore facilities surveillance engineer in 2011, at times supporting up to four strategic gas assets.
In 2013 Nakita transferred to a start-up and commissioning role of a newly built platform in Bass Strait. Nakita was responsible for troubleshooting start-up issues and was on site for hands on technical support to operations.
“The role change enabled me to see another side of the business – a big project in execution phase. Spending time on the platform for each of the equipment commissioning steps gave me a wonderful insight into how things can be perfect on paper, but not able to be executed in the field. It was one of the busiest times of my life, and definitely one of the most memorable”.