My time at The University of Manchester has made me into an independent thinker and learner. If I find myself in situations where I don’t have the solution to a problem, I am equipped with the skills to find a resolution.
Course dates: 2011-2015
Current occupation: Graduate Electrical Engineer, Mott MacDonald
My path into university was different from the traditional A-Level route. After gaining an AS-Level in Electronics, I moved onto a BTEC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at a different college, because I realised my strength lay in a course which had a more practical approach.
After the completion of my BTEC, I joined The University of Manchester in order to study a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Upon arriving at the university, my intention was to gain industry experience in order to improve my CV. This led to applying for a summer placement (within the university) at the end of my first year where I applied knowledge gained from my studies. This in turn helped to secure an industrial placement which I carried out after the penultimate year of my degree. During the placement, I was employed as a Systems Engineer at a company called TBG Solutions, which creates systems for the Test, Measurement and Automation industry.
After graduating in 2015, I joined the Power Process and Nuclear (PPN) Division at Mott MacDonald, a multidisciplinary consultancy operating in sectors such as Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. My role is as a Graduate Electrical Engineer in the Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) team within the Power, Process and Nuclear (PPN) Division. The role of the EC&I team in the PPN Division is to provide engineering solutions for all electrical aspects on projects in the Power Sector, specifically in the Nuclear Industry. The experience I gained from my industrial placement developed an array of skills which helped me secure a place on the graduate scheme.
I relish being part of a team who is helping to shape the future of the energy infrastructure in the UK and being involved in challenging projects that the nuclear sector poses. The environment in the office is pleasant due to the rich mix of cultures and the diversity of staff. From a personal perspective, I enjoy participating in sports and there are lots of sports events held by the company. This provides an opportunity to socialise and make new friends with people across different divisions.
The University of Manchester prides itself on giving first class engineering education to its students. This provided a solid foundation of technical knowledge that I am able apply in my graduate role. More importantly, my time at The University of Manchester has made me into an independent thinker and learner. If I find myself in situations where I don’t have the solution to a problem, I am equipped with the skills to find a resolution.