Ross Muir - Project Engineer - Electrical
What attracted you to a career in engineering, and to your specific discipline?
Throughout school my favourite subjects were maths and physics. This, along with my interested in technology meant that electrical engineering was the perfect choice for me. I also was attracted to electrical engineering because of the changes that are occurring. Electrical demand is continually increasing, resulting in industry having to adapt and change to provide new and innovative solutions to meet this demand. This dynamic environment appealed and confirmed to me that this was the right engineering discipline for me.
What made you choose Rolton Group?
I came from Edinburgh for my interview, and I was very apprehensive, however, from the moment I arrived I was made to feel very welcome. Everyone I spoke to was very friendly and made me feel very comfortable. One of the other major factors that made me choose Rolton Group was that I very quickly got the impression that I would be able to progress within the company and there would be a lot of opportunities for me in both my career and personal development.
What was your interview and selection process with Rolton Group like?
I was interviewed by Chairman, Peter Rolton and Director, Craig Smith. They asked about my interest and what attracted me to engineering, but more importantly they made an effort to get to know me. I was then given a tour of the building and introduced to the team I would be working with, if I got the job. After that I was presented with the task of completing an electrical load schedule, a simple enough task but vital in the early estimation of building loads. One thing I really appreciated was that I wasn’t made to wait and I heard back the same day that I got the job!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The most enjoyable part of my role is uncovering the unknown and finding the solutions to problems that nobody knows the answers to at the start of the project.
How would you describe the working culture in your office?
I find that even though we all have our own roles and responsibilities, we work as a whole. Everyone is willing to go above and beyond to help each other out and we are always able to have a good laugh as well!
What training and mentoring have you been offered/undertaken with Rolton Group and how have they supported you?
I have just started my Master’s in Low Energy Building Services Engineering at Loughborough University and I have received a lot of useful advice from Craig and other senior engineers which has been very helpful. Rolton Group also organise a lot of CDP sessions, and I have a couple of courses coming up in the next few months which I am looking forward to. I have found that Rolton Group have been nothing but supportive with further training and development to help me progress and grow as an engineer.
What are you career aspirations?
In the near future, I would like to progress to Project Engineer and take more responsibility within the projects I am involved in. Further along the line I want to keep working my way up to the position of Senior Engineer/Associate Director, but for now I am taking each day as it comes and trying to learn as much as I can.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to start their career in the engineering/built environment industry?
More than anything be yourself! Engineering graduate roles are very competitive, so make sure you apply well in advance. Be organised, open and honest; everyone in the industry is very helpful and the more honest you are, the more they can help you find a role that suits you best.