Australian YM Profile: Daniel Stewart

Dan Stewart

Role: Lead Subsea Engineer

Company: GE Oil & Gas

Location: Perth, Western Australia!

Institution Roles & Duration:

  • Chair, WA Young Members Group, April ’13 to Present
  • Vice Chair, Aberdeen young Members Panel, ‘09/’10


  1. How did you get involved with the Institution?

    I first joined the IMechE when I was at Strathclyde Uni studying Mechanical Engineering. Once I had graduated and was working in Aberdeen I decided to get in touch with the Aberdeen Young Members Panel and volunteer my services. Since then I’ve held positions on both the Aberdeen and West Australian Young Members Panels as Vice Chair and Chair respectively.

  2. What is your day job?

    My day job is Lead Applications Engineer for Subsea Manifolds and Connection Systems (MCS) at GE Oil & Gas. Bit of a mouthful really so Lead Subsea Engineer is the short version. I work as part of the tendering team for Asia Pacific leading the technical tender for the MCS scope.

  3. What keeps you busy outside your day job?

    Outside my day job I spend a lot of time on my bike, heading out for runs and generally attempting to keep fit. It’s pretty important to stay active because my favourite pass time is cooking (and eating) so I need to do something to shift the pounds! I’m an unashamed massive food geek. I also love heading out to the bars, cafes and restaurants in and around Perth soaking up the sun, the atmosphere, the live music and of course, more food...

  1. Most exciting project you have worked on?

    The most exciting project I have worked on was the tender for Chevron Indonesian Deepwater Development (IDD). This was the single biggest Subsea order ever won by GE Oil & Gas (>USD$1.4B) and also happened to be my first tender as a Lead Applications Engineer. Massive scope, huge learning curve but an amazing project to be involved in.

  2. What kind of project would you like to work on?

    I would love to work on Subsea Project in Australia which involves Subsea Power and Processing equipment – things like Subsea Compressing Stations or Universal Boosting Stations. This is the cutting edge of Subsea Development at the moment and will have a massive impact on how we recover hydrocarbons in the future – exciting and challenging stuff.

  3. What do you see as the engineering challenge for the future?

    The biggest engineering challenge I can see for the future is increasing the availability and reliability of renewable energy to meet the demands of ever-increasing populations and head off the decline in fossil fuels.

  4. What does being part of the Institution mean to you?

For me, being part of the Institution means that I am part of a global network of professional engineers, collectively pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology in order to provide a better standard of living to the population of the planet.

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