Starting work as an electrical apprentice, Emily moved into an engineering role that sees her take part in interesting building projects. This has included a mass spectrometer suite for the government’s food and environment research agency Fera.
What’s your name?
Where do you work?
Shepherd Engineering Services.
What's your job title?
Student building services engineer.
How long have you been doing that?
How did you get there?
I began as an electrical apprentice and once I’d completed the scheme I had a spell as a supervisor, before progressing into engineering.
What's the work like?
I am currently working on a student accommodation project in Hull and am on site daily speaking with the client, main contractor and all other trades, so I am kept very busy.
What's the best thing about the job?
For me the best part of the job is watching the project develop and take shape from ideas on a piece of paper to a fully functioning building. The sense of achievement is brilliant.
And the worst?
Being cold! Building sites in winter are not pleasant.
What stand-out things have you got involved in so far at work?
There have been multiple projects that stand out for me. Fera’s mass spectrometer suite and the Centre for Process Innovation’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre are probably the most interesting builds I have worked on.
I also take part in careers days at schools, where I give pupils an insight into my experiences within the industry.
How would you describe life as a working engineer?
There is never one day the same when working as an engineer. Between meetings, managing subcontractors and liaising with the site team there’s rarely a minute’s respite.
What did you expect when you started work?
I never expected to progress from an electrician to an engineer and it has greatly exceeded my expectations. I really enjoy my job and in that respect I am very lucky.
Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to those about to enter an engineering workplace?
Go for it! I would advise anyone to jump into engineering as a career and give it their all.
What do you think you'll do next?
I am halfway through my HNC so my first priority is to complete that. Once I have completed that I would like to perfect the role and become comfortable in that before looking to progress up the ladder to project manager status.