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Mae Aldridge

September 2, 2015


Mae Aldridge, Geophysical Survey Project Engineer

Tell us how you ended up at Natural Power?

At university I met a guy on a mountaineering trip who worked for a renewable software wind modelling company in Norway – I applied successfully for an internship at his company and really enjoyed the work. After the internship I worked for a developer as a wind analyst where I stayed for a year. Wanting to leave the 9-5 office lifestyle and travel internationally I then made a move into oil and gas where I worked on oil rigs as a wireline field engineer. After 18months in oil and gas I realised this industry wasn’t for me and started looking to move back to renewables. I joined Natural Power in 2014 as an assistant wind analyst then in November I moved over to the geotech department as Geophysical Engineer. This allowed me to spend more time travelling around and out in the field. My new job is the perfect balance of fieldwork and travel while still maintaining a normal life and a healthy work-life balance. It suits me down to the ground!

What’s your typical day?

My typical days are usually spent in the field conducting a geophysical survey with a team of 3 people. This could be anywhere in Scotland, usually on a remote hillside somewhere in the highlands. Projects are very varied and interesting and keep you on your toes.

What’s the most satisfying aspect of your job?

The most satisfying aspect of my job is working with a range of people on site. One of the best things about my role is that there’s a lot of team work involved and everyone at Natural Power is great to work with.

If you didn’t work in geophysics what would you be doing?

I love mountaineering and outdoor sports so if I wasn’t in geophysics I would probably be a mountain guide, outdoor instructor. The great thing about my current job is that it requires a lot of time outside in the hills but also lets me embrace my geeky side too!

If you could live anywhere in the world, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live?

I have had the opportunity to live in a few countries over the last few years and I would love the opportunity to live in Latin America again, perhaps in Patagonia or somewhere else in the Andes. I would also like to work in New Zealand and would embrace any opportunity to go there.

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