Keith Raekelboom – E&I Engineer – Oil & Gas
Let me start by saying that my story at Agidens is somewhat atypical.
I started in august 2020 as a project engineer E&I for the Oil & Gas division at our customer Otsa. I was introduced by a friend of mine who already worked here. And even though it was a good experience, I felt I wanted different things in life, not a different job but a different setting. I wanted to leave Belgium to travel. Since remote work at the time was obligatory due to the covid-19 pandemic, I started thinking about the option to continue doing my job from abroad, part-time. After discussing several possibilities with my colleagues and management, they gave me green light to continue my work from abroad. So, when writing this testimonial, I am under the Mexican sun, as sort of a virtual engineering assistant whilst still doing more or less the same job as when I was in Belgium.
- Bulk Liquid Storage
- E&I engineering
"Because Agidens provides solutions with state-of-the-art technologies for their customers, my knowledge concerning this matter has expanded incrementally within the last year."
I feel privileged being able to make this combination. It would have been a pity to say goodbye to Agidens since there has been a good connection from the start. By allowing me to do this, I can still do the job I like and travel at the same time. Furthermore, it keeps me focused, there is a time difference so I need good time management to organize my day-to-day job and meetings with colleagues. However, this time difference also has its advantages: when it is 6 pm in Belgium, it is 12 noon here in Mexico. This allows me to handle certain urgent matters when my colleagues have finished working. They can therefore call on someone who can continue working on a project until 12 o’clock at night (Belgian time).
Other than that there is no difference compared to working from Belgium. The Covid situation has in a way helped to realize that this was a feasibility. I also notice this tendency while being here, I already met a lot of expats where Covid is at the basis of working abroad.
I plan to stay in Mexico for 6 months and then return to Belgium.
- Basic and detailed engineering of various electrical projects at Oiltanking Antwerp.
- Whilst working from Mexico, I mainly follow up on the projects on which I’ve been working in the past as well as engineering new projects.
- Designing or modifying distribution boards
- Adapting electrical drawings
- Conceptual design of projects
- Communication with our customers etc.
A few quick questions
What did you study?
- Master in Electromechanical Engineering Technology: Electromechanics from The University of Antwerp and The Universidad Politècnica de Valencia (Erasmus)
- Bachelor in Industrial Sciences: Electromechanics from The University of Antwerp
Why do you like working at Agidens?
One of the main reasons I like working for the company are the great colleagues, it wouldn’t be the same without them.
I also definitely enjoy and appreciate the freedom that Agidens allows their employees to have. Being able to work remotely from Mexico is a good example of the trust the company puts in its employees. As an additional advantage, since I am not bound by one particular workplace anymore, I am able to explore this beautiful country on my days off.
Which arguments can convince future colleagues to choose for Agidens?
Agidens is a dynamic company with a broad vision for the future. I believe Agidens can provide the right opportunities for those who are looking for a new challenge.
What do you like about your current job?
My job is challenging in a way that it stimulates both my professional and personal growth. And because Agidens provides solutions with state-of-the-art technologies for their customers, my knowledge concerning this matter has expanded incrementally within the last year.
Do you want to grow with us?
Are you an engineer or are you ingenious? Then you have all the opportunities of developing your talents within Agidens. We are an innovative company that is constantly looking for motivated people with a heart for technical challenges. We offer you a dynamic work environment and chances to grow. Want to make progress?See our vacancies