1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My position is a Trainee Electrical Engineer, working in an electrical portfolio team ensuring the Utility services to a vital site are upgraded and maintained well. I am training to become a Project Engineer, where I support project managers in technical areas for various projects. This includes substation replacement projects and control system upgrades to a Combined Heat and Power Plant. Roles and responsibilities include; planning work, compiling estimates, managing sub-contractors and working with the construction team helping to deliver on the project on the ground.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my Engineering Knowledge both electrically and within general health and safety. I have had the opportunity to get involved with various lifts of substations including skidding of a substation opposed to a crane option. My people and management skills have developed a lot through my time in the business. This is through managing various sub-contractors and from giving various technical presentations.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I had never intended to go into an engineering profession; I always wanted to go into teaching or accountancy. I have previously completed a degree in Mathematics and I am now taking a degree though Morgan Sindall in Plant Engineering. In hindsight I should have started a Traineeship once I left 6th form. The company pay for your degree and you have the opportunity for lots of work experience on site whilst studying for you degree, without the student debt!
4. How valued do you feel by Morgan Sindall?
I feel a valued member of the team and get a great responsibility in the work I undertake. I receive regular praise from my line manager; project manager, portfolio manager and training manager which motivates you to progress even further in future projects.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The scheme is very well organised and gives you a clear path for your future as an engineer. There is plenty of opportunities for extra training alongside our degree. We are currently enrolled on a leadership management course, which give you the extra qualifications to help towards your path becoming a project manager.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training manager gives me regular one to one talks asking how the course is going. We are also giving the opportunities to discuss different opportunities available within the company. I feel there is a lot of support available from our training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Support is always available. You have the opportunity to discuss career pathway at regular 6 month reviews. During these reviews you can discuss opportunities to progress further in the company.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I feel the salary is a more than reasonable package for a Trainee Engineer and motivates you to develop into a qualified engineer. The company also support you for any expense claims which are as a result from any work business trips etc.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a few of bars, restaurants and leisure clubs in the local area. As the job is a remote location in Cumbria, there is not as much entertainment as there is a large city. However, there are a lot of nice scenic areas for walks in the fells.
9. Would you recommend Morgan Sindall to a friend?
There are many opportunities, development and nice working and experienced team members alongside me. You get the opportunity to be involved in various engineering roles, picking the one which suits you and the company most.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Morgan Sindall?
Try and get the relevant work experience, prepare your team leading, team working and other related skills. Most importantly be yourself and show your enthusiasm to work in Engineering.
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