Matthew Pay

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Mechanical Engineering graduate Matthew Pay is working as a field engineer in the oilfield service industry with Schlumberger. Matthew began as a graduate engineer with the internationally recognised firm in 2007 and since then has had the opportunity to work all around the world, including France, Malaysia, Brazil and Trinidad.

Matthew credits his time as a Monash Engineering student to being able to communicate and transition into a new country and culture, 'the biggest highlight at Monash for me was meeting people with vastly different backgrounds and learning the best way to communicate with them. In the oilfield, the people are also very diverse, and being able to communicate well is essential for smooth operations.'

Matthew’s role is to supervise well testing jobs and to ensure the efficient and smooth delivery of well testing from running the temporary completion through to well abandonment. 'The costs involved with the oil industry are enormous and therefore limiting downtime is essential to executing a smooth job’, says Matthew.

Matthew advises future students that, 'whilst obtaining the grades required to pass the units of the degree is very important, ensure that you don’t just limit yourself to this. No matter the field that you wish to enter after your degree is completed, you will have to communicate with people daily. Through meeting people and participating at university functions you can learn the best ways to communicate with people as well as have a great time. There is much more to university than just studying!'

Matthew Pay

'The biggest highlight at Monash for me was meeting people with vastly different backgrounds and learning the best way to communicate with them. In the oilfield, the people are also very diverse, and being able to communicate well is essential for smooth operations.'