What does your day typically consist of
My current role is a mixture of working on site to carry out wind turbine inspections and being office based where I work with the Design team so my days are varied and interesting!
As part of the Inspections team, my main task is to review the condition of offshore and onshore wind turbine blades using semi-autonomous equipment. This requires a keen eye for detail and a head for heights. I photograph the blades and then after running software, we are able to assess their condition for the purpose of wind farm maintenance and end of warranty inspections. Our aim is to reduce the operational downtime of the turbines and to ensure that the wind farm is operating at maximum efficiency.
The other half of my role involves working within the design team and providing technical and detailed knowledge of the civil and structural designs that we are working on as a company. This can involve me producing a range of drawings from long sections to fully detailed construction drawings that contractors then use to build from.
When I am travelling for work, I tend to make sure that I use the free time I have to grab some dinner and get some rest. Inspections work is physically demanding and you have to be fit and able to work in challenging conditions, particularly offshore and often in less than hospitable weather conditions!
When I am at the office, I try to get out at lunch time to stretch my legs, the fresh air helps me focus when I am back at my desk and after work I tend to relax at home and cook dinner for myself and my wife.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
A lot of people ask me this question, and I’d have to say it’s the variety. Working offshore one week and back in the office getting my teeth into a design project the next. I also enjoy the fact that there is a huge range of projects. Natural Power works with lots of different clients and this helps to expand my knowledge and keeps the team ahead of the curve in terms of what is happening across the industry.
How did you get into the role in the first place?
Prior to working at Natural Power I worked as a Senior Architectural/Civil Technician, and the experience I gained in this role continues to be very useful. I have a keen eye for detail and it has helped massively when it comes to delivering a number of very important and complicated civil & structural engineering projects in my current role.
What is your degree and /or professional qualification?
I have a HNC in Civil Engineering, an HND in Computer Aided Design & Engineering and an HNC in Architectural Technology. I also recently gained Global Wind Organisation certification that allows me to carry out work at height and to work on projects offshore.
What is the most interesting type of work you have done and why?
I find offshore inspections work the most interesting as it is so varied and I get to meet and work with so many different people. Due to the nature of the work, the inspections team often travels to different countries and works with people from all over the world so it has been great to immerse myself in different cultures and customs through work. The civil and structural design projects use a completely different skill-set but it challenges my brain and keeps me engaged, which I love!
What is your biggest achievement at work?
I would have to say my biggest achievement has been completing my HNC in Civil Engineering through part time study while also being involved in an extremely large and complicated hydro engineering design project. I worked on this particular project from the very early planning stages and inception design right through to the completion of the project and handover with the client. I found it to be a hugely rewarding period work-wise and I am proud of myself for balancing my study commitments alongside such a demanding project.
Any hidden talents?
I wouldn’t say it’s a hidden talent, but I certainly enjoy my photography! I first got into photography in 2007. I enjoy watching motorsport hill climbs. I attended a local event where I took some pictures and my love of photography grew from there!
What is your favourite hobby?
I make the most of time out from the office by getting out into the great outdoors and walking with my wife, as I mentioned before, I love photography. So much so that I have been known to get up at a ridiculously early hour with my camera just to take pictures of the sunrise.
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