Mark Goudie pictured at the 2016 STEM Awards, after winning the Energy category in 2015
We met Mark Goudie, a QEPrize Ambassador, to hear a bit more about life as an engineer.
Can you describe your job in one sentence?
I’m a consultant, so I design energy systems for clients across the world.
So, how does that apply to people outside the world of engineering?
We all use energy in our everyday lives, whether it’s electricity to charge our devices and power our lights, gas to heat our homes or fuel to power our transportation systems. It’s the job of consultants to support clients and help design more efficient energy systems.
How does your typical work day look?
As a consultant, a lot of my work takes place in an office. I often meet with clients and work as part of a team to help make designs into a reality. Travelling to sites and getting to meet clients in the field is also a regular part of my work.
Going back to the beginning, how did you get into engineering in the first place?
I studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, and I was lucky enough to get an IET Power Academy Scholarship with Atkins during my degree. My scholarship led to a job offer in my final year.
My journey into engineering is a little less straight forward as I was originally meant to study Law! After working in an engineering environment and seeing what the course would be like, I changed my career direction and I haven’t looked back since.
How would you describe engineering to someone?
Engineering is the means to solve problems and help people. The things that we take for granted often count on engineers to operate. Engineers keep our infrastructure intact. They keep our transportation networks moving, our lights on and our clean water running. For that reason, I think engineering is a fundamental (if understated!) part of our lives.
What has been your proudest moment?
Having a motion put before the Scottish Parliament for winning the Energy Category of the 2015 Telegraph STEM Awards.
Tell us about the best bits of your work…
My favourite part of my job is the people. I get to work with some really experienced and interesting people in the work place. Getting the chance to work with them and learn from them is definitely the best part of my job.
Who is your engineering hero?
I don’t admire any single engineer because I admire different engineers on a daily basis! Every day I see engineers pushing the boundaries of our knowledge and capabilities, going the extra mile to deliver a project or balancing family life with work. These are the people that motivate and inspire me.
How do you keep the balance and unwind after work is over?
I like to cycle, Scottish weather permitting! Engineering is mostly team based and working with a lot of different people. A solo cycle lets me unwind after work and collect my thoughts. Aside from that, I read, watch films (I’ve recently re-discovered Netflix… something that I avoided during term time at university as it’s a dangerous form of procrastination) and spend time with friends and family.