Since 2011 more than 60 young Papua New Guinean engineers were offered
challenging career opportunities by ExxonMobil PNG Limited’s (EMPNG) annual Graduate
Engineering Recruitment Program.
EMPNG, operator of the PNG LNG project, delivers the program over a three to five year period,
with training designed to build real-world skills and test graduates by giving them responsibility early
in their careers. The program includes a one-year graduate induction program, site visits and
engagement with experienced staff, mentoring on key elements of personal effectiveness, various
technical courses as well as on the job training.
Maria Ali, Engineering Recruiting Coordinator at EMPNG, said the Graduate Engineering
Recruitment Program has successfully delivered training and developed a new generation Papua
New Guinean engineers and EMPNG.
“Our method of hiring graduate engineers directly into a department that aligns with their field of
study has seen many Papua New Guineans rising through the ranks to take on supervisory positions.
“We remain committed to developing future leaders of EMPNG by offering training programs to
Papua New Guineans that create long-lasting employment opportunities that contribute to the
continued success of the PNG LNG Project and the nation as a whole,” she said.
For these three graduates recruited into Graduate Engineering Recruitment Program, the start of a
new year offers an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned and experience gained in their first year
With a degree from the University of Technology in Lae, Mark Ali has used his Bachelor of Mining
Engineering to begin his career as a Petroleum Measurement Engineer at EMPNG.
“I have found the program to be both deeply educational and real world driven due to the hands-on
nature of the program. It has been engaging and provided me with an opportunity to put the theory I
learned at university into practice.
“The program also provided me avenues to leverage the vast array of technology, resources and
mentoring available at EMPNG. Senior managers, seasoned and highly skilled technicians, and the
entire team at EMPNG share their time and insights and show genuine care for me and the other
graduates in the program. One day I hope to use this knowledge to help EMPNG and my country
take on the world’s toughest energy challenges.”
Holding a Bachelor of Engineering with a major in Mining Engineering from the Papua New Guinea
University of Technology, Elijah Lavai entered the Graduate Engineering Program as a Facilities and
Process Surveillance Engineer.
“Although I am still in the early stages of my career, I have learned a range of skills, both technical
“I hope to use these skills to complete all of my milestones within the five-year time frame and
progress along the management pathway within EMPNG.
“I know I still have a lot to learn and training to undergo to reach my goal, but the resources available
within EMPNG provide unique, once in a lifetime opportunities, for those in the program to develop
personally and professionally.”
Upon completing a Bachelor of Engineering from Australia’s Griffith University, Maygh Ledimo joined
the Operations Technical Department as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer.
“This year has been one of growth. Not only have I learned about working at EMPNG through the
graduate program, I have also learned about myself and my potential to become a skilled and
competent Engineer as well as a contributing member of PNG society.
“Over the next five years, I hope to continue learning in the field of Instrumentation and Controls
Engineering, work further on building my management skills and continue to grow and develop at
Over 3,900 Papua New Guineans work across the PNG LNG Project, with more than 60 holding
leadership roles within the organisation. EMPNG remains committed to creating local jobs and
facilitating training opportunities.