Degree and University: Masters in Mechanical Engineering with honours, University of Hull
Job Title: Mechanical Engineering Graduate Trainee, Transport For London
What do you actually do? The trainee scheme lasts two years and includes working on lifts and escalators, signals, rolling stock, and cooling the tube. During each placement I gain insight into the work of the department while undertaking specific pieces of engineering work, preparing reports, and carrying out design work.
How did you find out about this particular scheme? I was reading about Transport For London in Professional Engineer magazine and was interested in what I read, so I checked their website and applied online.
What do you most like about what you do and are there any downsides? The work is very varied and I’m doing something different every day. One of the placements I have just done is Instant Management, which is all about sorting things out in a crisis. The placement involved discovering what to do during accidents and emergencies, and I really enjoyed it as it was an excellent learning experience.
What skills do you need to succeed in this sector? You have to be very fluid because you need to be willing to work where and when you are needed. You need to be willing to take on new challenges and investigate all engineering options thoroughly to make sure you have the best solution in place.
What piece of advice would you give graduates coming into this sector?
Fill in lots of application forms because although you won’t necessarily be short-listed for everything you apply for, it’s really good experience. Also, if you have gone to the trouble of getting an engineering degree don’t then become a banker!