Meet Craig Ramsey - Operational Engineer

What degree did you study?

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast including a placement year with NIE Networks.

Why did you choose this degree?

From an early age I was always interested in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at school which were a perfect fit for this degree.  During my school years I was never sure of what career path to take and I actually took a year out after university to think about it  fully. Through attending open days at Queen’s and talking with various people within the electrical engineering industry, I knew that this was the degree I wanted to pursue. The job opportunities and the course content were big factors in this decision.

How did you get your job?

I was fortunate enough to have had a placement year within NIE Networks during my time at university which gave me a brilliant insight into the company and the workings within it. This was definitely beneficial for my successful application and interview through the graduate scheme.  I would highly recommend a placement year for anyone at university, not only for the business and technical advantages, but because it will always give you an edge over those who do not take this opportunity.  

What’s a normal day like for you?

I would generally be on site at 8.00am to begin isolating the required part of the network where programmed work is taking place that day. After this, I would be in the office dealing with various issues ranging from voltage complaints to planning outages for upcoming job requests. Later in the afternoon, tests are carried out on the isolated part of the network to ensure everything is as should be after the work is completed and restoration of this then takes place.  

What attracted you to NIE Networks?

NIE Networks is an exciting place to be right now with the reinforcement of the network continually taking place and the introduction of smart grids, embedded generation and electric vehicles. It is a big organisation with a wide variety of areas to work in and there are great opportunities for progression within the company. I found through my placement that they are a great company to work for with a terrific workforce and can provide a secure job for life.

What are the best things about your job?

The best things about my job are the people I work with and that no two days are ever the same. Every day is a learning curve and I find myself in a job were communication and other key skills are vital. One big positive of my short time in NIE Networks so far is that there has always been great support offered to myself throughout my training.

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