High School: Vale of Leven Academy, University: Glasgow Caledonian [Graduated 2012]
Bsc Mechanical Engineering
This is my first job! although I started off as a stress engineer and slowly evolved into this.
MAATS Tech LTD
Love a challenge and don't give up easily!
Hey! I live in Cheltenham but originally from Loch Lomond in Scotland! I have managed to find myself sharing a flat with my boss 2 days a week however, i am the boss at home!
I have a no pets but really miss having a dog and enjoy annoying my co workers with pictures and videos at lunch times! they are used to me now but i also know they secretly like it!
I love to bake but i love to eat the baking more! my favorite is Banana bread, i tell myself its almost healthy!
Connecting the world subsea!
My main role is project engineer for a company that provides equipment to vessels/ cable manufacturers to lay subsea cables for power and telecommunications and umbilicals for the oil and gas industry.
My job starts at the very beginning of the project to work with the design engineers to make sure everything fits together with the customer and make sure equipment is made as they want it!
Once the design is completed, i move onto the manufacturing stage (making it) and visit our suppliers often to ensure the design is being made properly!
The installation and commissioning stage is my favourite this is where we get to put everything together on the ship and i spend a lot of time onboard the ship/ in the shipyard to look after the project and see the everything actually moving and working as described on paper!
I also help the aftersales and service team by actioning requests or questions about the equipment once we have delivered it and it has been doing its job. This is even more interesting because you find all the things that go wrong after you thought it worked!
The whole process normally lasts around 2-3 years which may sound like a long time but that is why i love my job! with a constantly changing day, it always feels new!
My Typical Day
Every day varies! Tackle it as it comes!
My typical day is totally varied depending on the stage the project is at!
During the design phase i am always visiting the design engineers to help solve problems and make sure everything is on time. I have learned biscuits help!
During the manufacturing stage, i am normally found at the factory answering any questions the builders have on how to make and assemble the equipment.
Things are never as they are on paper and during installation and commissioning I am in full PPE (Safety clothing) and working with the site teams to solve any issues and get them anything they need to get it working! While it may sound amazing to work in the likes of Norway, Sri Lanka and South Korea, I forget that wearing boots, overalls, hard hat and eye protection in the different weather conditions has it moments!
What I'd do with the money
Provide the same opportunities to those not able to access
I’d like to make the money available for people who are less fortunate in being able to access the privileges that we take for granted.
I was lucky to have a schools that had access to computers and science experiments as a kid to just investigate and understand how things reacted or came together.
From my travels i have visited places where this is just not the case and the children grow up thinking that STEM subjects are elite and “not for them”.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Playful, Friendly, Kind
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Solo road trip along the Great Ocean Road in Australia, good playlist and car snacks!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea! I thought i wanted to be a product designer but fell into engineering instead! never looked back.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No! very boring actually... bit of a noone really!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Being invited to the official naming ceremony of the NKT Victoria which was a massive learning curve for me so amazing to see it finished and feel recognized.
What or who inspired you to become an engineer?
I always looked up to my Granda and Dad who were both technical and wanted to be able to join in on their discussions and then beat them!
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
Honestly, I think i would always have fallen into a technical subject as i have an urge to learn, but if i could chose anything! I would like to own an ice cream shop :)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Would like to own a super yacht. 2. Commercial flights to the moon 3. For noone "to need for anything"
Tell us a joke.
Why do norway navy ships have bar codes on them? So when they come into port they can Scandinavian!