Meet Emerson Lievense!

Current position and responsibilities

Emerson is currently employed as an Instrument/ Electrical maintenance technician by Woodside Energy on their premier Pluto LNG project. Commencing his apprenticeship in 2007 as the youngest person employed in the offshore oil and gas industry, Emerson progressed to employment as the youngest tradesperson on site. His current position as a maintenance technician working on Woodside's onshore gas asset has involved the commissioning, final acceptance testing and startup up WA's newest megaproject. Moving into steady state production focused on safe and reliable operation his work now involves the service and maintenance of plant equipment including power generation turbines, compressors, fire and gas
detection systems and plant instrumentation in addition to routine and ongoing
maintenance of plant facilities.

Technical expertise

Emerson is a qualified electrical instrumentation tradesperson with Certificate III level qualifications in Process Plant Operations allowing for employment as an offshore Production Maintenance Technician (Inlec-operator). He has completed various offshore survival and Emergency Response training courses as a member of the site Emergency Response Team.

Emerson is currently in the process of completing a Bachelor of Engineering- majoring in Instrumentation and Control with the University of Southern Queensland. Currently 1/3 of the way through his bachelor degree Emerson has developed a highly technical knowledge base to compliment his trade level qualifications.

Academic and employment background

Emerson graduated from Willetton Senior High School in 2006 being awarded his Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Australian Defence Force Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award. Progressing directly from high school to his apprenticeship, Emerson commenced work offshore as the youngest apprentice in the history of Woodside's offshore oil and gas operations. Over the four year period of his apprenticeship Emerson has worked across three of Woodside's offshore assets including, FPSO Nganhurra, North Rankin A and Goodwyn A.

Consistently searching for further opportunity for self development he began concurrently completing a BENG with his apprenticeship in 2007, achieving to date promising results for graduation with First Class Honours. In 2010 he was awarded the coveted title of 'Western Australian Apprentice of the Year', an ambassadorial role consistent with his passion for promoting the importance of the employment of youth within Australia in order to meet the skill and labour demands of our existing and emerging industries. Further to this he was acknowledged in 2011 as the 'Group Training Australian Apprentice of the Year' at an award ceremony in Melbourne.

Personal background

In 2010 Emerson was diagnosed with a rare and well-progressed form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma with cancerous tumors in a dozen locations throughout his torso. Following an intensive 6.5 months of chemotherapy treatment in addition to an autologous stem-cell transplant at Fremantle Hospital, Emerson commits a large quantity of his rostered time off work to the community education and motivation. As a regular volunteer for various organizations', including the Leukaemia Foundation, Cancer Council and Love Angels, Emerson aims to inspire personal courage within the community to "stand up for your own health and wellbeing".

Emerson has been awarded for his leadership and community commitment through recognition with a variety of community awards. In 2010 Emerson was a finalist for the Courage category of the Pride of Australia for his ongoing community support whilst undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Following this in 2011 he was awarded the Edith Cowan 'Educate!' WA Youth Award for Leadership for his commitment to educating and inspiring the community to take action against preventable cancers.

More recently Emerson was named the inaugural 2011 "WA Youth volunteer of the year" a title he humbly accepted as a self-declared representative of youth, grateful for the recognition of youths commitment to volunteering in our state. Currently Emerson is working with a group of young individuals collaborated by the Governor of WA known as the "Western Australian Young Achievers" who are aimed at increasing volunteering and philanthropy within our state.

Emerson is a proud ambassador for Vocational Education and Training, the resources and energy sector, volunteering, youth and cancer patients and he personally endeavors to change opinions and mentalities surrounding all within our community.

Author thumbnail Emerson Lievense Emerson is currently employed as an Instrument/ Electrical maintenance technician by Woodside Energy on their premier Pluto LNG project.