My day to day job involves working in a transmission substation. By transmission I mean we work at 400kv to 75kv and 132kv substations, and we maintain and commission HV switchgear and auxiliary equipment which is necessary for supporting the transmission system.
I would describe my role as both technical and safety focused as we are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that we have safe systems of work place before we set people to work. But also, the role is technical, you meet new and challenging things everyday.
You have to have a good understanding of the systems, you have to be willing to learn new things and you also have to be willing to work in a team, because the role you do, you can’t work alone, you work with other people, be it National Grid Staff or contractors. My job involves switching, it involves commissioning of new equipment and it involves setting people to work - both National Grid staff and contractors.
What I enjoy most about my role as a Commissioning Engineer is that you get to work on big projects – £multi-million projects, you are in charge of new substations being installed and being commissioned.
At the moment, we have lots of projects running across the country. We are connecting wind generation onto the grid, we are putting up new substations, we are refurbishing and installing some new transformers to support the network and also improving the existing network so that it can keep providing power to the country.