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"The scheme has been a great opportunity not only to improve my knowledge of mechanical equipment, but also to gain a good understanding of other engineering disciplines, the wider business and the water industry."
I’ve been at United Utilities for 2 years and have undertaken placements as part of the graduate scheme.
One such placement has been working within Asset Maintenance Support (AMS). This department is responsible for Very Small Projects (VSP’s) and I’ve worked on several projects, organising team meetings to discuss and agree a scope of work that all stakeholders such as the client, the contractor and operations are happy with and then managing these projects through concept, implementation, construction and commissioning phases. These projects ranged from managing sampling installations at the end of a treatments works to managing the enabling works for a section of the Haweswater Aqueduct as part of the HA Outage which was a £50million project.
My current placement involves the on-site performance testing of clean water pumps within the business to determine if these pumps are operating at best efficiency point and to make recommendations on how to optimise the pumping stations and reduce OPEX costs.
The placements I undertake as part of the graduate scheme are tailored to my development needs which will help me towards my ambition of becoming a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. The scheme has been a great opportunity not only to improve my knowledge of mechanical equipment, but also to gain a good understanding of other engineering disciplines, the wider business and the water industry.