Ben Pirie - Engineer Training Programme, Power System Design
I wanted to join the Engineering Training Programme because it's a great time to be in the industry. There's lots of change and with the up and coming renewables targets that the government's setting combined with the ageing assets in terms of every different bit of the power industry it means that there's going to be lots of opportunities for success and moving onto things you might not have done when you left university normally.
Up until now I'd been in full time ed, I'd completed a degree at Strathclyde and then I went straight into the engineering training scheme with National Grid.
My time is split between the office and the field, my time I spend in the office I'm outside at substations, overhead lines, working on circuit breakers, transformers all the different types of assets and helping with maintenance with those - taking them fully out of service all the way back into service and being part of the team When I'm in the office I work in offshore network design for the new windfarms that are coming on all over the country so I prepare the high level designs and costings for them
If my friends were applying to work for National Grid I'd say it's a great place to work. It's such a fantastic time - there's lots of different areas for development for yourself and your career path. National Grid will provide everything you need and with the diversity of different jobs there's something for everyone at National Grid.