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A "concept to commissioning" spectrum of the EPC world

Find out more about what it’s really like working at Air Liquide Engineering & Construction from Project Department Director, E&C Hangzhou, Sameer Gunjikar.

Sameer Gunjikar

“I grew up in a small town in northern India, in the foothills of the Himalayas in a place called Haridwar. The town belongs to an Indian Public Sector engineering undertaking, which specializes in manufacturing turbines.

After getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Financial Management, my first job was with the largest engineering company in India. I worked there for 14 years starting as a trainee engineer and left as Project Manager.

I joined Air Liquide Engineering & Construction in August 2004 in Frankfurt. Having grown up in an “engineering” environment surrounded by engineers and awed by the machines in the facility, I was passionate about continuing to work in the engineering industry.

With over 25 years experience in the EPC industry, I was attracted to the idea of working for Air Liquide Engineering & Construction - as a young college student, I was fascinated by the "concept to commissioning" spectrum of the EPC world.

My experience spans different industries from fertilizers to oil & gas, petrochemicals and now air gases. At Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, the most exciting and demanding projects I’ve worked on would have to be a challenging project in Saudi Arabia and a very high-value proposal in the United States. They not only pushed my limits, but also put me in contact with people who taught me a lot.

“Concept to commissioning” continues to fascinate me. The ability of teams in different parts of the world to come together and work with a common goal to convert designs into reality is simply amazing. I love the people, challenges, dynamism and constant learning.

If I had to give advice to anyone thinking of embarking on a similar career, I would say find something you love to do and pursue it with all your heart and passion.”