Safiyyah Vali

Graduate Systems Engineer

"Systems Engineering is ideal for someone who likes to be challenged and enjoys ‘outside-of-the-box’ thinking."

I’m Safiyyah and I joined WSP in August 2021. I am a part of the Systems Engineering and Integration (SEIA) team within the Rail department. My role as a systems engineer is to facilitate rail projects through a structured process that leads and guides a concept through its lifecycle. It begins with an idea and ends with an operating railway that fulfils our day-today transport needs. 

As a Systems Engineer, I am currently working as part of the HS2 interface management team. I support users and aid in the configuration of a tool that is being used to manage the Rail Systems interfaces. It has helped me build up my skills and knowledge of the rail industry tremendously.

Alongside my client role, I am also a part time Project Manager for the Park Signalling project, where I monitor the finances of the project which is helping me build up a better understanding of the business and how it works. In conjunction with project roles, I am also Manchester’s SEIA Social and Diversity and Inclusion Representative.

These roles have given me the responsibility to organise social activities for my team and assist in coming up with a rigid strategy to enable our growing team to be more inclusive. This is all within a very short time of being here, so I can safely say no day has ever been the same. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given.

The experience I am getting across the variety of roles has given me a great sense of achievement and is swiftly helping me progress towards my IMechE chartership. I am always happy to come to work and feel content knowing that I have a great support network in place to help me along the way. 

Why should you join my team?

Systems Engineering is ideal for someone who likes to be challenged and enjoys ‘outside-of-the-box’ thinking. For rail, the scope of work is extremely broad. So, there is work on both a national and international level.

A few examples of the projects we are working on: 

  • In the UK: HS2 - The UK’s new high speed rail network and Northern Powerhouse Rail
  • Internationally, there are projects for High-Speed rail in the UAE and Texas, the Bogota project in South America and the Middle East. Future projects include the Copenhagen and Helsinki Metro.

In systems, no project is ever the same! Every given role is different to the next, so there is always scope for progression and learning. 

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