What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
When lighthouses or buoys break down this can be for many reasons - from storms breaking equipment to faults in technology. So getting a fix quickly is essential to ensure the safety of mariners.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
My Dad was always fixing everything and he worked in the local power station. His work was always really fascinating to me when I was young.
Any influential toys during childhood?
Lego and Meccano.
Your favourite subjects at school?
Physics, Tech studies, Maths and Accountancy.
At school I did English, Maths, Physics, Technological Studies and Accountancy. At College I did a NC & SVQ level 2 in Engineering Manufacture and an HNC & SVQ level 3 in maintaining electricity generating plant.
Your reason for choosing this career?
I wanted to learn how things worked and how I could fix them (like my Dad).
Tell me about your career path to date?
Apprentice fitter at Cruachan power station doing mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control. Also a welder/fabricator for a fish farm company making fish cages, then for last 15 years an electrical technician fixing lighthouses and buoys.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
I love my current job and don’t think I would change that but I would love to be more involved in the engineering design of things. At the moment I am happy as I am and love all the different aspects of my job.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
With STEM you can learn something new every day. Technology changes fast and it can be like you’re constantly learning and achieving. Engineering is a great career to come into and can give great opportunities to see great places.