Originally posted on University of Sheffield website.
As a building services engineer, I work to design and create spaces for people to live, play and work in areas that promote the health and well-being of the occupants by considering sustainability and how we use resources.
There’s no direct module I did in university that was related to what I’m doing right now. However, I draw on the fundamental principles of what I learned on the course to be able to analytically solve problems when I’m meeting with clients, building occupiers and the end users.
As I was nearing the end of my A Level studies, I thought I knew for sure I wanted to do an engineering degree, so my default option was mechanical engineering. But when I started to think about other areas which interested me, electromagnetism, circuits and elements of the circuits came to mind; they are what really captured my attention. So just before I was about to start the course, I rang the head of the department and asked if I could change my degree from mechanical to electrical engineering and that’s how I got started in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Since starting my career as an engineer, I volunteer with The Access Project as a tutor for talented students who don’t have access to universities. For one hour a week I sit with final year A Level or GCSE students and go through questions with them to address where they feel they’re weak in mathematics. I think it’s important to bring those students into the professional world so that they can see what they could achieve and understand that its reachable for them.
To someone who’s thinking of doing an engineering degree I would say the degree pushes you, it challenges you, and it asks you to first learn the basic rules of engineering provided from the tools of physical sciences. But then you must take those basic rules and think outside the box so that you’re able to take the demands of your clients from paper to reality.
I think the best thing about being an engineer is knowing that you’re taking an active role in shaping the world and actively asking ‘okay, we are doing this and it’s working well but can we do it better.’ As an engineer you’re never satisfied when things work the way they do; we’re always challenging the status quo and asking if there are more efficient ways or more efficient systems to better serve the needs of our end-users. That’s the exciting thing, it’s not just a static rule, it’s dynamic and it keeps on changing – that is what keeps it challenging and interesting.
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