Graham is studying part time while working as a full-time project engineer for AMEC at Hartlepool Power Station
'It’s two years of hard work which will pay off in the long run.'
I grew up in Millom, Cumbria where the Sellafield nuclear plant is a major employer, and after school I started an apprenticeship there. I achieved NVQ Level 3 Electrical and Instrumentation and also achieved a HND Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I progressed to maintenance team leader before I left Sellafield in 2008 to broaden my engineering knowledge across different sites and plants. I now work as a project engineer for AMEC at Hartlepool Power Station.
I am studying BEng Tech (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering part time while working full time with AMEC. This is the next step in my career progression working towards CEng status.
It’s quite tough managing everything. As well as work and study, I play rugby league and I have a nine year old son, so things can get quite busy. Sometimes it seems there aren't enough hours in the week but the main thing is that I always put time aside for my son and partner.
AMEC is great in supporting me, allowing one day a week to go to University, and paying for any books or equipment I require. I am also given time off to study for exams.
Yes, definitely – it’s two years of hard work which will pay off in the long run. The qualification should help me progress towards CEng status and apply for more senior roles.