One of a series of interviews with young professionals working in today’s North West Rail Industry.
Looking to demonstrate and gain recognition of my engineering knowledge and competence I decided to apply for professional registration with the Institution of Engineering and Technology and in 2016 I was granted Incorporated Engineer status. Again this was a proud moment and demonstrated the progression that I had made since joining Lucchini as an apprentice.
What can a career in the rail industry offer?
- Job security – there is massive long term investment in this industry;
- A chance to be involved in innovative train manufacture and overhaul programmes;
- Job satisfaction and career progression;
- An excellent salary and benefits package;
- Endless challenges;
- The chance to bring about change and improvement in the industry.
Why did your route work for you?
I never wanted to pursue full time higher education and instead wanted to go straight into a job, so the chance to earn while learning was the most appealing option for me at the time. The apprenticeship that I served gave me a solid foundation and a great skill set that I have taken forward and that I continue to use today. The degree has helped to broaden my engineering knowledge and I believe having a solid technical background prior to studying with the Open University helped me immensely. In addition, being supported financially by Lucchini throughout has been invaluable. I now have professional recognition in a growing industry with a great future.
My Role as Project Engineer:
- Provide technical support to the business both internally and externally.
- Write and maintain production documentation such as route cards, internal work instructions and engineering work instructions.
- Review and sign off documentation.
- Conduct First Article Inspections and audits.
- Perform special investigations on wheelsets and their components such as wheels, bearings and gearboxes.
- Carry out condition assessments to prolong mileage of wheelsets and their components.
- Write comprehensive technical reports.
- Raise and implement Engineering Changes and concessions.
- Perform trials to extend the life cycle of the product, then implement resultant process improvements.
What I enjoy:
- New challenges – I encounter them every day in such a variety of projects that I follow.
- Learning new things from those daily challenges.
- Introduction of new wheelset projects, being involved in every aspect from the initial contract review to the final sign off of the First Article Inspection.
- Using my initiative to overcome engineering issues.
- Working with fellow engineers.
- Mentoring future engineers in the company, many of whom are following a similar path to myself.