Michael Scott from Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a graduate electrical engineer for Babcock International, working within the Marine and Technology Division. He graduated from the Master of Engineering (MEng) course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a distinction and award for excellence.
"I work within alternating departments (loosely defined as production, project, design, safety and commercial) based at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth. This involves working alongside the MOD and the Navy to supply them with the necessary engineering support required to refit the Navy fleet, including everything from the actual Naval base up to the warships and nuclear submarines.
I enjoy the opportunity to work with a huge variety of equipment, much of which you would never gain access to within a more commercial job role. Additionally, the challenges involved with this role differ from vessel to vessel and are usually enjoyable to tackle and successfully accomplish.
My biggest achievements have been implementing two company-wide protocols while on my industrial placement at Babcock. One of which was a GSM module that was fitted to existing fire alarm systems to alert nominated persons through an automatic phone call when an alarm activates. The other was a safety system to help avoid the unauthorised disconnection of electrical distribution cabling.
Electrical and Electronic engineering is a good profession as it requires logical thinking to be able to understand a problem and then be able to overcome the issue. It usually involves working within a large team and interacting with lots of different people, meaning that you can build good relationships with others.
Additionally with the way that the world is moving forward with rapid technological advancements, engineering allows for you to be at the forefront of this and have an excellent insight into the shaping of the future.