Name: Craig Morrow | Age: 26
Degree & University:
MeCh Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
nucleargraduates Process Design and Commissioning Engineer
What do you actually do?
I work in a team of engineers and managers from different backgrounds and we are solely responsible for designing, procuring and commissioning the work to improve and maintain compliant plant operations.
What was it that attracted you to the nuclear sector?
I have always been attracted to problem solving and the technical area of work. I happened to stumble into the industry by chance when I left university through an engineering agency.
How did you find out about nucleargraduates?
Through a friend of a friend. I was working at the time in the nuclear industry and this programme provided me with an opportunity that I did not feel was available with my previous employer.
Would you undertake further study to progress your career?
Of course, I have already undertaken various training courses to expand my knowledge, improve my understanding of safety and other areas related to my profession and to my wider opportunities.
What do you most like about what you do and are there any downsides?
Currently, my work involves working on projects that I can see through many different stages, from procurement through to design. I also get the opportunity to work with many different people from all disciplines and within my areas of the nuclear sector.
What skills do you need to succeed at what you do?
Communication with all levels of employee, from shop floor to upper management; being open-minded and enjoying the challenge of making a difference.
What advice would you give other graduates coming into this sector?
Try and experience as many different areas within the sector, or your place of work, to gain a broader understanding and also to find where you feel best suited and enjoy your job most.
Are you planning to stay in the nuclear sector?
I can’t see why I shouldn’t stay in the sector; it is probably going to play a big part in the energy mix within my lifetime. It undoubtedly has the biggest challenges and opportunities.
What would you say to any graduates who are still unsure about nuclear energy?
The turnaround in views for energy is a clear sign that this sector is going to be a big player in the future. The industry is lacking some key engineering expertise in terms of numbers and the opportunities for graduates now and in the near future are wide, varied and exciting.