Job title: Principal Electrical Engineer
Company employed by: Systra
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Always an Engineer.
What is the biggest impact your work will or could have in the future?
The work I do involves future proof technology and solutions that will support de-carbonisation. To see positive results from the work I have been a part of.
What excites you most about STEM?
STEM gives me the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and help the next generation decide on their careers. It is also good fun to take part in several activities and re-live my childhood too. Best of all it is a great initiative to ensure we will have enough engineers from diverse backgrounds to continue the good work Engineers do.
What do you love about your job? What would you change?
I really love my job and would not really change anything about it.
What gives you the most job satisfaction?
To see a project concept, develop and become a reality on site. Using the latest technology in collaboration with suppliers and seeing innovations being accepted and implemented. Helping/mentoring other Engineers around me and seeing them succeed in their careers. Attending community days such as tree planting and STEM events. Gaining Industry recognition by winning National Awards. Taking part in corporate Cricket Matches and giving donations to charity.
What does a typical day at work involve?
After ensuring I have a good 7 hours sleep and a nice balanced breakfast at home, I check my action plan for the day. Once I reach the office, I always try to start my day with a nice hot cup of coffee and a catch up with members of my team to see if they have any personal or professional issues. We then
discuss engineering designs that need to be produced to specific deadlines.
During my day I will help or mentor the junior engineers in the team to develop them and provide them with the experience they need to support their professional development. Once the team are occupied with their tasks, I ensure I have completed all my line management duties and focus on design work or any meetings I have booked. The design work I am involved in requires me to think of innovative solutions for Electrical Power in Rail, inclusive of environmental and sustainability considerations. This would typically involve collaborating with various
suppliers or manufacturers, carrying out calculations or checking and approving designs. The designs include reports, schematics and diagrams using CAD systems to complete a design package that is sent to the client for approval to construct on site.
On some occasions I am required to visit site on the railway to carry out surveys to aid my designs.
During the middle of the day I take out at least 15 minutes to play some table tennis with colleagues for my own health and well-being.
Outside of my engineering tasks I am actively involved in voluntary roles such as IET mentoring, organising technical CPDs,
corporate cricket matches, STEM activities and being active on professional social media.
Once my working day is over, I head to the gym with colleagues and then my day is complete!