rubby

I am a…

Graduate gas turbine engineer with Siemens, specialising in power generation.

I got into engineering…

As a little girl! Growing up, I was always curious about the complex systems around me. It started out at home, making our old Video Home System (VHS) work properly by dismantling and cleaning it. I rescued my favourite movies correcting tape alignment issues with the video head cleaner so I could keep watching the Sound of Music and the King & I!

I would also watch my dad check the car bonnet before going to work. As we lived in a tropical region, the water in the radiator would evaporate quickly and he often asked me to bring him water to top it back up.  Every time, I thought to myself “How on earth was this engine created? How does it work? Why is it so complex?” I often had lots of questions that kept me puzzled and curious.

I followed my dream…

With the help of my family. My curiosity increased and I decided to talk to my dad and older siblings. I had an engineer, an architect and a doctor in the family, and I soon learnt that I had a burning desire about things that lead to an engineering career. I remember always calling myself an engineer and telling anyone that cared to listen that “I was going to be an engineer in the future”. My architect brother helped me understand technical drawing, while my engineer brother explained the physics side of things to me.

I wasn’t great at maths at school, but I never let that stop me! I worked hard and always saw myself as an engineer. At university I learnt about various types of engineering, but I wanted to get to the bottom of the ‘complex car bonnet’.

At university, I studied…

Mechanical engineering. I fell in love with manufacturing and design during my study and took every opportunity to be involved in projects which allowed me to practice and improve my manufacturing & design skills. During my summer holidays, I worked with mechanical and electrical engineers on various projects, and gained insight to the real engineering world.

Now, I have a BEng in Mechanical engineering from Anglia Ruskin University, an MSc in Chemical Engineering Management from the University of Hull and an MSc in Advanced Process Integration & Design from the University of Manchester.

After university…

I joined Siemens Aero-Derivative Gas Turbines and have enjoyed various engineering opportunities. I have gained practical, technical and operational skills & knowledge, and experienced several placement rotations. Here, I have contributed to different teams, worked on projects and developed a variety of skills while learning about the business. One thing that stands out for me is the creativity, collaboration and innovation involved in engineering. These elements make engineering so interesting that my passion grows daily, and I often find more reasons to stay in love with my engineering career.

The best part of my job is…

That engineering is everywhere, and anyone can be an engineer! It is not all about hard hats and hi-vis jackets, it is about bringing ideas to life and making the world a better place. That is how we got to where we are today, because engineering touches all spheres of life.

In the future…

I aspire to become an expert in my field. Being a very hands-on person, I see my career going towards a technical authority route. I am currently working towards becoming a technical support engineer after I finish my graduate rotations. This will allow me to learn by seeing and touching the products, while offering services to the customer. I am also working towards achieving chartered status with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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