Alex Field - Graduate Engineer - Electrical
What attracted you to a career in engineering, and to your specific discipline?
An interest in the aesthetics of how buildings look was the initial building block to considering becoming an engineer. I took the early steps into looking at a career in architecture through the modules I undertook in college. However, although the creative significance of architecture was of great interest, I was missing out on the technical side which further engaged me with the complexities of problem solving. For this reason I chose to pursue a career in Building Services Engineering as it married both the creative and technical fields perfectly.
What was your interview and selection process with Rolton Group like?
My interviews were thorough and professional; I was asked a series of scenario questions to see how I would approach certain situations. They were also keen to know about me on a personal level, as fitting in with the team is just as important as technical ability. Within a couple of weeks I was at the final stage of the interview process, which was carried out by the Chairman, Peter Rolton and I was shown around the new office.
Could you describe what your working day usually consists of?
My typical day is hard to describe as my role is hugely varied day-to-day. Usually it starts with catching up with emails and sitting down with senior engineers to review progress of current priority tasks. Although my bias is towards the electrical side of building services, my days can involve a good mixture of mechanical and electrical works, which can be anything from load calculations and producing drawings to researching information.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The challenge in complexity and extent of work can be a daunting responsibility, however this is also the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the job. I like that I am always busy and each job throws up its own challenges, and finding the solutions is something I thoroughly enjoy, as it allows me to continue developing my skills and provides motivation for career progression.
How would you describe the working culture in your office?
The office in Peterborough is a close team, which is made up of different disciplines and positions which allows us to collaborate well together on multi-disciplinary projects, as well as getting on well outside of work.
Has the company lived up to your initial expectations?
They have lived up to and exceeded my expectations. The level of support to help me settle in has been superb, but the way the company operates has made it enjoyable and easy to want come to work every day.
What training and mentoring have you been offered/undertaken with Rolton Group and how have they supported you?
I have been assigned two project engineers who have mentored me equally, helping me to deliver professional and accurate pieces of work, whilst advising me on what can be improved. I’ve also been involved in the graduate development programme, enabling me to understand paths I can take to gaining higher qualifications with a professional institute. Rolton Group have everyone’s progression as a high priority, and will provide the support needed to succeed. Various CPD seminars are also available to further your knowledge on product developments.
What are you career aspirations?
I want to gain my Master’s degree in Building Services Engineering to help me progress through to intermediate and senior engineer positions within Rolton Group, as well as gain Chartership.