Case Study - Work Placement for Graduate Engineers

CASE STUDY: EU Skills Networks finds work placement opportunities for Graduate Engineers bringing career success for young people.

“As a Graduate with a Bachelors’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters’ Degree in Aerospace Engineering, I wanted a platform to practically develop the engineering skills I had learnt theoretically at University.” Temitayo Borisade, Graduate Engineer with AvantiGas

One of the biggest challenges small businesses face is finding the right people to help them grow.  Offering work placement opportunities to young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce. They bring talent and fresh ideas to smaller businesses which helps them succeed with their plans for growth. 
EU Skills Networks found Temitayo Borisade a six-month Mechanical Engineering work placement with AvantiGas that resulted in a full-time permanent post.  For Temitayo life couldn’t be better!
Temitayo applied for the six-month fixed-term contract as a Trainee Engineer with AvantiGas as advertised through EU Skills Network.  EU Skills handled the application before short-listing Temitayo for the interview stage.  Temitayo attended the interview within 7 days of applying and was very quickly offered the role.  
What does a typical day involve?  
“I design and update piping and instrumentation diagrams at all the company terminals and depots across the UK. This involves travelling to depots and making visual inspections on site layouts, updating drawings, assigning process lines, instruments and valve numbers to equipment.  I am also in charge of building regular updates to the Assets Register for all terminals and depots.”
What do you think are the most important skills for someone in your role to have?
“I found it easy settling into my role because the skills I already had fitted the role. The most important skills for me is being able to use AutoCAD for all the site drawings. Having prior experience of AutoCAD or any other 2D/3D Engineering Design software package is definitely essential to carry out the daily activities required. 
Also, being innovative and creative helps me to spot errors on P&IDs and brainstorm ways of fixing them. And, proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel are just as important to efficiently build and update the Assets Register.”
Describe the aspects of your job which you find particularly rewarding.
“I love the fact that my job affords me the chance to travel to different sites.  Drawing up P&IDs for all sites has exposed me to practical and ‘real life’ use of specialised equipment used at a gas plant such as Control and Actuated Ball valves, Hydrostatic and Pressure Relief valves, Flow meters, Pressure Transmitters and many more.”
What is the one piece of advice you would give someone seeking a career in Gas Engineering?
“Be willing to learn. There is a huge amount of Engineering that goes on within the Oil and Gas industry to enable productivity, efficiency and ultimately profitability without compromising Safety.”
Temitayo is enjoying his current role and plans to further his career in engineering by focussing on gas storage vessels and gas pipelines.  He hopes to become a Mechanical Field Engineer involved with site management, installations and maintenance of equipment.  
For more information on work placement opportunities and how your business can help someone like Temitayo develop their career become a member of the EU Skills Network.