1996 – 2001 – St Wilfrids CE High School Blackburn , 2001 -2003 St Wilfrids 6th Form Blackburn, 2003 – 2006 University of Sheffield
GCSE’s – 7Bs, 2Cs, 1D; A levels – Physics D, Maths D, Biology; As Level – Product Design B; Degree – Medical Systems Engineering 2:2 BEng(Hons)
Siemens Rail Automation: 2007 – 2012 including Graduate Training Scheme (2008-2011), Hitachi Infrastructure Control Systems: 2012 -2015, Siemens Rail Automation: 2015 – Now
Senior Systems Engineer – New Technology
Siemens Rail Automation
I’m a Railway Engineer for Siemens in the UK. I'm looking to help us all travel better by using data and technology.
I look at how we can capture more information about travel and the railways to help us create better transport links for people. I try to understand how we can make the railways more reliable, cheaper and easier to use.
I’m looking to use AI, Big Data Analytics and new technologies to create this exciting world!
I really enjoy my job because I get to help make the country a little bit better, I have got to travel to places like Spain and Germany. I get to see the benefits of what I do when people are able to get around easier. I help to reduce the Carbon Dioxide emissions which helps to reduce the impact of global warming.
My Typical Day
I talk to people to help to solve their problems.
My alarm goes off at 06:30. I have a quick breakfast and leave the house about 07:30. I drive to Work in Chippenham from my house in Bristol. This takes about an hour and I’m in the office by 08:30.
I make a cup of coffee, turn on my laptop and check my e-mails. I then look at what I did yesterday and see what I can do. Sometimes if there are urgent e-mails asking me for information I have to go and talk to people to find out the answers if they are the expert. Sometimes they send me to someone else so this can take a long time.
I have lunch at about 12:00 when I go for a walk with my friend Paul and we get a sandwich from the local shop. I eat this while I read the news or catch up on Facebook on the computer.
After lunch I do some more people chasing or writing documents to sort things out. I finish at about 5pm and drive home. I get home about 6pm. Most days I go for a run with my wife and then we cook dinner. We watch TV for an hour before we got to bed about 10:00.
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Helping to bring automatic trains to the Victoria Line in London or bringing an automatic routing system to Derby.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be in the same career as you?
Do what you enjoy and work hard and you can be happy. Never forget that Science and maths skills can always help you in any job.
What do you see as your next step in your career?
I would like to run the company one day and I'm working towards that!
What other sorts of jobs can you do with your qualifications?
With my GCSE’s almost anything, with my A levels I could have been a scientist or doctor or perhaps a lawyer. My degeree is in engineering so I could have worked in Banking, Engineering or Science.
What's the best part of your current job?
Working with an interesting team to solve difficult problems to make things better
What don't you like about your current job?
Not much. Maybe the fact that I have to spend time travelling and my days can be long.