THE JOB: DAN CASH, 23, STUDIED GENERAL ENGINEERING AT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, SPECIALISING IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. AS A MECHANICAL BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEER FOR BURO HAPPOLD, HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEATING AND VENTILATION SYSTEMS IN BUILDINGS
What do you do in your job?
I am currently working on a library in Chester. During the planning process my job is to look at the air movement within the building. On a wider scale I am responsible for incorporating renewable technology into our projects, which can be very challenging.
What gets you out of bed?
I originally wanted to pursue a career in automotive engineering but after completing work experience with a Formula One team I decided that I wanted a more varied role and that’s what this job gives me. My job is becoming increasingly important as a lot of new legislation has been brought in addressing the energy efficiency of buildings.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Sometimes you can come under pressure from architects when the design of a project has to be changed halfway through. That can involve a lot of redesign work in a very short space of time. Also, you are sometimes restrained by money, which limits what you can do. We have to deliver buildings that are energy efficient and economically viable – those competing factors don’t always match up.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field
There are a lot of opportunities for work experience and it is important that you can get an idea of an area and see whether you like it. My work experience was invaluable as it totally changed my ideas about which area of mechanical engineering I wanted to go into.