Mar 20, 2019
TransCanada’s engineer-in-training (EIT) program helped Philip Swanson advance quickly to a team lead role
A move from Chicago, Illinois, to Houston, Texas, was not difficult for Philip Swanson, a former engineer-in-training (EIT) who is now the reliability performance team lead for U.S. Gas Operations. Philip, in his sixth year with TransCanada, says the EIT program provided him with opportunities for invaluable field experience and exposure to different parts of the business early in his career which helped him advance to a team lead role.
Philip began his career in TransCanada’s Tinley Park, Illinois, office in 2012 as a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, with a BS in Civil Engineering. In his two years in TransCanada’s EIT program, Philip appreciated the structure and direction provided, as well as the opportunities to network with other early career engineers.He received his Professional Engineer (P.E.) license from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) in December 2016.
Advancing to a team lead role in April 2017, Philip jumped at the opportunity to lead a fantastic team of performance engineers and technologists. “The U.S. gas reliability performance team collaborates with operations, commercial, and technical services stakeholders, working together to reinvent U.S. Gas compression performance management for the 21st century and build a program that provides safe, available, and optimized compression helping U.S. Gas become nimble, execution focused, results oriented, and customer centric.” As a bonus, he doesn’t miss the north-east winters.
When asked what key learnings he would pass to other new career engineers, Philip says:
Philip continues to seek out opportunities at TransCanada and is excited for a long and value-filled career. “The best part of TransCanada is the people,” says Philip. “I’m proud to be a part of TransCanada – we have a strong culture, values and public reputation, and we provide a valuable service to North America. TransCanada is a terrific place to work.”
TransCanada currently employs approximately 170 EITs across all lines of business in the U.S. and Canada. The EIT program offers a wide range of opportunities to get hands-on experience and build a rewarding career. To learn more about opportunities for students and new grads, see transcanada.com/students