I've always heard about working in the Alberta oil sands industry, and this job really gave me an understanding of what its really all about. I was exposed to many different areas on site during tours and was able to learn and ask questions about pretty much anything. My work focused on the trucks - reliability side of Suncor, which basically deals with reliability on the mine haul trucks. I was put on many different projects that involved applying skills I have learned in school while also learning new concepts. The best part I would say would be actually working on and seeing the mine haul trucks.
The location. Being in Fort McMurray, I was very far from home, making travel to pretty much anywhere a journey. If you don't mind living on your own far away from home, this shouldn't be too much of an issue. I was also at the desk for almost 85% of the time, which for me is not ideal as I prefer more field work.
Everyone was very kind and supportive, but also busy. There's lots of work to be done and it can be tough to try an catch someone to clarify a calculation or something.
Lots of Suncor hosted community events, which give good opportunity to engage with your co-workers outside of work, potentially making work more enjoyable. Its also a good way to make friends, something needed if moving from elsewhere.
Great co-op position as it will let you know if this industry is for you. Suncor is great for upgrading within the company as well. Suncor is all over the world with many different engineering positions,