"During my time at Atkins so far I have gained experience in a range of computer software, mainly MathCAD and AutoCAD 2D."
Name: Kurtis Gamble
Business area: Energy
Years into GDP: 1
University and degree: Queen’s University Belfast, Meng Aerospace Engineering
What projects have you worked on during the graduate development programme?
Offshore Wind – I have learnt a lot about how offshore wind structures are laid out and the complexity that comes with placing them out at sea, as well as managing the electrical cable routes in leading the power back onto land. Through this I have had some exposure to Horizontal Directional Drilling and experience in applying some of the technical skills honed in at university in analysing the tension involved and structural integrity of the cable as it is pulled through a duct in the ground from land to sea.
During my time at Atkins so far I have gained experience in a range of computer software, mainly MathCAD and AutoCAD 2D. There is a lot more opportunity in the future to gain knowledge in various CAD (Computer Aided Design) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis packages).
Mechanical Handling Equipment – UK Power Stations
Worked in a team of four engineers and three draughtsmen on a 3-month short term project regarding the mechanical handling of nuclear waste. I gained a huge amount from this, more so than the variety of small jobs that are also available within Atkins. I learnt how the business wins work and manages projects in terms of costs and meeting deadlines. The project was varied, and involved design optioneering, calculations, use of spreadsheets, 2D CAD software and preparing reports for the client. Experienced a Site Visit to a Nuclear Power Station here in the UK.
Wider Projects (Opportunities outside Atkins)
I have taken part in wider networking events encouraged by Atkins such as the Spark 2017 competition which involved writing a one page synopsis about Small Modular Reactors leading on to Networking opportunities in London at the Residency of the French Ambassador and on the SS, Great Britain in Bristol, as well as a visit to Hinkley Point C construction site. Also, attended the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum 2017 in Manchester this year, another high-profile event in the energy/nuclear industry. All which Atkins are sponsoring and enabling their graduates to seize these opportunities.
What social, society or CSR activities have you been involved with at Atkins?
Atkins Graduate Ski Trip – Val Thorens, France
I took part in my first ever ski trip with Atkins, many falls included! This was a great opportunity to meet other graduates across the UK in a light hearted non-working environment. I made friends from other offices across the UK and also learnt to ski which is always a bonus. The trip included Atkins graduates with a mixed range of skiing abilities and was one of the highlights for me so far within my time here, I would highly recommend.
Having recently moved to work in the Rotherham Office on my own from Northern Ireland it is always good to have plenty of Social Opportunities. I chose to live in Sheffield as it offers a lot more to do. 7 Graduates started at my office this year, all of similar age and interests, as part of the general office and GAP (Graduate Apprentice Placement) network we tend to organise an office social once a month, socials so far have involved dinners, drinks, laser quest, watching ice hockey, immersive plays, comedy clubs and day trips to breweries and York Christmas Market. Socials really are what you make of them, if you have an idea put it forward and people are generally enthusiastic to join in.
Where do you see your career in the future and how do you see yourself getting there?
I see myself taking advantage of all the opportunities Atkins has to offer, including going on secondments to different clients and sites within Atkins’ portfolio in the UK while I am a graduate. Secondments are a great way to learn a lot in a short period.
The aim at this point in my career is to gain as much experience as possible in the Energy and Nuclear sector, given my background in Aerospace I feel I have a lot more to learn to transfer my skills and get up to speed in this current industry. It is an industry which I feel adds value and is very important to everyday life, therefore my job feels worthwhile and that I am contributing my part in making life in the UK more sustainable.
Atkins offers many projects to fill in a wide range of competencies required for Chartership in Technical, Project Management, Business and Leadership areas if you are willing to put your name forward and get involved.
Atkins is sponsoring my chartership through an institution of my choice - IMechE. I aim to become chartered within Atkins over the next 4 years and can see myself making a lifelong career with this company. As they are such a large and diverse consultancy throughout the UK I cannot say for sure where I will end up, but the future excites me.