After graduating with my MEng I had the option of accepting a graduate job in communications systems with Qinetiq Plc, or staying on for a DPhil focused on an interesting control engineering project. Still not convinced that communications was for me I chose the latter, knowing that at the least this would allow me to stay in the wonderful city for a few extra years!
During my DPhil I became interested in modelling and analysing physical systems and I continued this interest into my first job at WSP Group. I joined for a small team in London that provides computational analysis services for practical structural design problems for buildings. The office housed about a hundred structural design engineers from a range of countries and cultures, and I enjoyed learning from them. The environment was motivating with numerous high profile projects on the go and leading architects as our clients.
I am currently a chartered engineer working for DNV GL (previously GL Noble Denton), a technically focused offshore engineering consultancy, where I continue to manage and deliver analysis based services. I am particularly enjoying getting to grips with the unique challenges that the offshore sector provides. The structures I work with most are mobile Jack-Up Rigs, which have many uses including exploratory drilling, installing offshore wind farms and providing temporary accommodation.
The best thing about the engineering science course for me was that it allowed me to build up my understanding of engineering as subject, without feeling constrained to any specific field of engineering.