Matthew Jones

Mechanical Engineering

"I’ve had the freedom to work across the energy sector and to rapidly develop my technical and commercial competence."

Degree: Newcastle University – Mechanical Engineering MEng 2011-2015

I studied Mechanical Engineering master’s degree at Newcastle University for four years which taught me the fundamentals and complexities of engineering, since graduating I have been able to apply a range of technical, personal and organisational skills that I learnt at university. I always wanted to work in the energy sector to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges and since starting my career I’ve enabled huge quantities of renewable energy to connect to the grid, looked at the impact of electric vehicles on the energy system and designed safe systems of work in the nuclear industry – it’s always varied and exciting!

The Cheshire Energy Hub appealed to me because of the fantastic opportunity it offered for spending time in completely different and varied companies. It gave me the freedom to work across the energy sector and to rapidly develop my technical and commercial competence. For me, coming from the North West of England, it was also a massive benefit that it was close to home. I have been able to spend time in companies with thousands of employees as well as SMEs and I’ve worked on everything from mechanical design and consulting to regulatory submissions and electricity network modelling. As a graduate on the scheme I was enrolled on an industry leading training program which offers mind-opening insights into leadership, personal development and commercial awareness. The training courses take place every six months and are a great opportunity for all the graduates to come together and share stories about the work they’re doing. It’s also a great opportunity to help ease each other in to their next placement.

I am currently working towards Chartership and have been able to gather huge amounts of supporting evidence from the vast range of projects and types of work I have been involved in. I would recommend the Cheshire Energy Hub to anyone who wants to rapidly develop their technical knowledge as a professional engineer and also wants the personal and commercial challenge and benefits that comes from working in a range of companies.

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