Organic Fat & Grease Analysis Graduate Internship

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  • Dredging
  • Student
  • Fleet management
  • Papendrecht

Job description

Are you a mechanical engineering student looking for a graduate internship? Are you interested in the effects of organic fats and grease? Do you have affinity with technology and the international dredging projects of Boskalis? Would you like to contribute to a research to achieve cleaner and more sustainable vessels? Then you might be the person we are looking for to join the Fleet Management team!

Boskalis’ fleet consists of more than 900 vessels and is the company's capital. The trailing suction hopper dredger Prins der Nederlanden, cutter suction dredger Taurus II and backhoe Nordic Giant are just a few examples of the vessels we use on our dredging projects. The staff of fleet management are responsible for maintaining and repairing our diverse fleet. It goes without saying that it is important to us that our clients have technical solutions at their disposal that are both efficient and sustainable. This requires smart innovations and modifications. Vessel maintenance takes place anywhere in the world between projects. Logically we want to keep a ship in the dockyard for as little time as possible. This calls for strict planning and sound preparation. The fleet management team together with the maintenance cell and technical superintendent see to it that every aspect of the maintenance job is carefully prepared and carried out.  

In our business we increasingly get in contact with modern lubricants. We want to learn which actions are necessary to responsibly work with these modern substances on our vessels. Naturally, there is a variety of actions, each with a different price tag. We want to discover what would be the right product at the right price to take aboard. What is the limit of what we can implement? It is a huge project, that will have a similar impact on our current and future processes.   

To give an example of what you will be looking at:  

There are vessels that, when the client demands it, drain their hydraulic systems to use a certain bio-oil. It concerns enormous installations which can contain 50.000 liters. As soon as the project is successfully completed, vessels switch back to the usual hydraulic oil. We want to put a stop to this. To be able to do so, further research is required. Research into whether certain components (O-rings, seals and other rubber elements) go well together with certain substances or not at all. What needs to be adjusted for components to go hand in hand?  

Another example relates to the analysis of the lubricants and fats used aboard our vessels. Certain fats, which are relatively old yet still in use on some vessels, are not biodegradable when they happen to end up in the water. We want to learn what types of machinery still depend on these old fats and what we could do to change this. There are new fat types which are double the cost, yet they consume 50% less compared to the current. Do alternative fat types provide the same level of functionality concerning oiliness? Perhaps you can help us find some answers to these questions! 

Job requirements

To be considered for this graduate assignment within the Fleet Management team of the Boskalis International Dredging department you: 

  • are a student following the study track mechanical engineering;
  • study in/are a resident of the Netherlands; 
  • are available as of February 2019 for a six month internship, 40 hours a week; 
  • are interested in a wide variety of disciplines: vessels, electricity, internal combustion engines, chemistry, hydraulic-, fat- and air handling operators;  
  • are up for a challenge, a wide variety of vessels require screening; 
  • have good teamwork skills, but like to work independent just as much; 
  • master the English language in word and written. 

Employment conditions

As an intern, you can expect your hours to be compensated in cash. The added value of a graduate internship at Boskalis, however, is particularly in elements like: 

  • a great deal of responsibility; 
  • a professional, yet informal working atmosphere; 
  • colleagues proud of one’s work, the leading projects and Boskalis in general.  

Additional information

The head office of Boskalis is situated in Papendrecht. When not out conducting analysis on a vessel, this will be your station.  

Disclaimer for recruitment and selection agencies

We don’t accept any unsolicited applications or CVs from recruitment and selection agencies. In general we don’t appreciate acquisition and this also applies to Boskalis colleagues or associated Boskalis companies.

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