What’s the most unexpected thing about your job?
Some of the amazing people I’ve met.
Did you have any role models when you were younger? What inspired you to do the job you’re doing now?
The main inspiration to study STEM came from my Chemistry and Physics teachers, who both saw early on that I had a real flare for problem solving and maths.
Any influential toys during childhood?
Your favourite subjects at school?
Chemistry, Art & Maths.
BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Your reason for choosing this career?
It gave me a good solid job where I could travel and continue to learn, whilst making a difference.
Tell me about your career path to date:
I started as an Internal Engineer on a high-end apprenticeship in a chemical system engineering company called Astles Control Systems. I worked doing manufacturing of components, testing, onsite service work and electrical & software design. During my Apprenticeship at Astles, I studied part time for a HND, and then went on to complete my BEng part-time, on day release.
After finishing my apprenticeship, I moved as an Electrical Design Engineer at a company called Gillard Cutting Technology. There I helped run the electrical team, do electrical design of custom machinery and onsite commissioning and service work across a variety of industries.
During my time at Gillard, I also was accepted onto the IEC’s Young Professional program, and began volunteering with the BSI and IEC, sitting on various committee and working groups, contributing to the creation and revision of standards, both at a national and international level.
I then moved to Veolia Nuclear Solutions as an Electrical and Electronic Design Engineer, working on very complex design work of robotics & remote handling for challenges within the Nuclear Industry.
If you could have any job what would it be? How does it differ from what you’re doing?
I’d still be an engineer, but maybe a Chemical Engineer instead. It’s a different set of background knowledge, whilst still applying the same problem-solving techniques.
Your advice to a young person considering a career in STEM?
Consider doing a high-end apprenticeship, you get experience whilst you study, and a wage.