Never a dull moment
Published: 21 Oct 2015
Name: Lewis Galligan
Job title: Graduate Engineer
Qualifications: Mechanical Engineering BEng Hons from Strathclyde University
WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
The crux of my job is maintenance and inspection of cranes on offshore oil and gas platforms. This can involve a wide range of tasks depending on what the particular project calls for. One day I may be conducting a structural analysis of a damaged crane boom, the next I can be organising a team and equipment to be mobilised offshore to repair a crane that’s broken down.
I get the chance to be involved in all stages of projects, from compiling initial cost estimates, surveying, client meetings, creating work procedures, project planning, and even completing the job offshore.
YOUR JOB’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Responding quickly to last minute problems or complications is often the biggest challenge we face day to day.
Cranes are critical to the everyday running of offshore platforms, and so any breakdowns must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Thankfully the wide range of services EnerMech provide mean we can handle many of these issues entirely in-house, making it easier to pull everything together when it’s required, though that sometimes means I have to call in a few favours!
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
I like change, and so the wide variety of tasks I’m involved in keep it interesting, and certainly keeps me on my toes. My role can involve project engineering and management, client liaison, design and much more, so there’s never a dull moment.
The level of responsibility I have been given is also one of my favourite aspects of the job, and has helped motivate me to do my absolute best in every situation.
BEST CAREER ADVICE?
Variety is key when first starting out after graduation. Experience in different roles is invaluable in helping you become a well-rounded professional, and is also a requirement for professional registration. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and challenging yourself is the best way to develop and expand your skills.
In my three years at EnerMech I have been encouraged to push myself and take on new challenges. This not only helps to develop yourself professionally, but also gives an appreciation and understanding of other aspects of the job which you may not have been exposed to otherwise.
Getting involved in additional activities beyond your day-to-day job is also important. I have served as the chairperson for The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) group, helping to develop engineers within our company, and I was on the EnerMech ‘Dragon’s Glen’ team earlier this year which helped raise money for the charity Children 1st.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?
I would like to continue developing myself and gain professional registration with IMechE and become a Chartered Engineer. In the future I would like to be involved in helping to guide and mentor other young engineers and with 33 apprentices and 10 graduates working at EnerMech there is plenty of opportunities to do that.
Ultimately I hope to maintain the same interest and passion in the years to come so that I’m always happy and content in my work.