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Route into engineering
I completed the Sellafield Ltd Technical Specialist Trainee (TST) Scheme now known as a Degree Apprenticeship. The scheme was specifically designed to meet some of the key shortages within the nuclear industry. I was based on Sellafield Site four days a week and carried out day release training to complete BEng Honours in Nuclear Plant & Process. I was placed in the role of welding technical specialist where I developed my career to train as a Welding Engineer, completing The Welding Institute (TWI) International/European Welding Engineer Diploma.
Welding Engineer at Sellafield Ltd
My job is to provide specialist advice on welding, fabrication and materials technology. I am a subject matter expert on welding and a point of contact for all Sellafield Ltd welding issues and queries.
No day is the same, due to the nature of supporting all on-site and off-site welding applications, I see a wide variety of questions and topics being raised on a daily basis. Part of the day-job is to review and endorse weld procedures, write fabrication specifications and carry out research and development on different welding techniques.
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I live in an area of the world known as the 'Energy Coast', with huge industries such as Sellafield Ltd and BAE Systems on my doorstep. I was always aware of the engineering achievements of these industries and have been inspired to contribute towards them and be proud of where I am from.
Completing The Welding Institute (TWI) International/European Welding Engineer Diploma, I was the third woman in the UK to achieve this.
As well as being encouraged by my employers to gain this status, I believed it was important to be recognised by my peers, mainly for recognition of competence, commitment and evidence of expertise. I believe it demonstrates a professional attitude and can also lead to improved career prospects and employability. Since becoming a professional member I have benefitted from internal promotions in my current job role. The requirement to keep on top of continuing professional development (CPD) has helped provide a body of evidence of my achievements. CPD also helps me to identify areas of improvement, which in turn support my performance management agreement with my employer.