Since graduating in Construction Management and Engineering, Conor joined a graduate scheme at Morrison Utility Services. Conor shares how his experiences as a graduate in the energy and utilities sector have exceeded his expectations.
What do you do and where do you do it?
I am a Project Engineer at Morrison Utility Services. I am currently working in Barrow in Furness on one of the largest battery compounds to be built in Europe. Morrison Utility Services (MUS) Connections is constructing the compound for our client, Centrica Brigg Limited. When completed, it will have 49Mw storage capacity providing power for around 50,000 homes nearby.
Why is your role important?
I am assisting other Project Managers and the site team and am responsible for quality assurance and auditing. It is important that MUS Connections, as well as any other subcontractors or third parties, meet the required safety standards to enable work to be completed as safely as possible.
"There are so many opportunities to do different things or to move into totally different roles in the energy and utilities sector."
Which parts of the job do you enjoy most and find most rewarding?
I’ve really enjoyed the potential to work on a variety of projects across the utilities sector including electricity, gas and water. I began my role with MUS in joint venture alliance in the south west working on extra high voltage electricity transmission. When that project came to an end I looked for other opportunities and was very pleased that there were lots to explore. When my current project enters its final stage I will begin looking for my next move within the business.
What path did you use to get the position you hold today?
I studied a degree in Construction Management and Engineering in Ireland before joining MUS’ graduate scheme.
What did you do before?
I worked for a short time in Wexford on an extension to the local hospital. This was good experience as there was a lot to get stuck into and it was very hands on. It was only temporary and the graduate scheme I am on now is much more structured. I have the support of a mentor who is helping me to gain the experience and evidence I will need to eventually become chartered with the ICE. It’s great to have the support of someone with so much professional experience. I also receive lots of opportunities for training and development and of course the benefits which come with working for a big company.
Has working in the sector met or exceeded your expectations?
It has exceeded my expectations: there are so many opportunities to do different things or to move into totally different roles like business development for example. Across utilities too there are so many different paths you can take to develop your career.
What advice would you give to the people reading this article who want to work in a similar field?
Do your research and take advice from people in the industry. Consider an apprenticeship and visit careers fairs to find out more about the sector and companies operating in it.