Why did you choose to work for Tata Steel?
I decided to pursue my career with Tata Steel because of its very well structured graduate scheme, which is focused on personal development and very quickly prepares for obtaining a substantial position.
I also wanted a challenge and I knew that working in the steel industry would would allow me to fulfil my personal expectations and ambitions.
What does your current role involve?
The role of Maintenance Engineer involves day to day and major maintenance of owned equipment. I am responsible for maintenance of the descaling system, roughing and finishing mill stands, roller tables and levelling machines in the Heavy Plate Mill in Scunthorpe. With my team, consisting of four technicians and four craftsmen, I deal with arising problems and carry out necessary predictive and reactive maintenance. I also work on improvement projects and their implementation in my area of responsibility.
Tell us about a few areas you were involved with in previous roles at Tata Steel
As a mechanical graduate I have worked at the Concast and Medium Section Mill. During my placement at the Concast plant I was directly involved in Slab Caster Enhancement where I undertook the role of Scheduler. I also carried out work on a Billet Shrouding Project, Slab Caster break out splash protection and was involved in improvement work on the Slab Yard.
At the Medium Section Mill I undertook the role of the Project Engineer for the Secondary Saw Replacement Project. I carried out research to find the best solution from a production and capital point of view. I undertook various meetings and conversations with potential suppliers and proposed the best solution for the business.
What training have you received?
Personal Skills for Graduates, Manual Handling and Risk Assessment, Safety Through Leadership, Hot Rolling Course, Diversity training, Driver Risk Assessment and a Total Engineering Maintenance Systems course.
Please describe development opportunities you have had since joining Tata Steel
There are many opportunities to tailor your own career path here. I received good mentoring and guidance from the very beginning and was introduced to a professional mentor and buddy during the first week.
My buddy helped me to relocate and advised on which activities to get involved in. My professional mentor helped me to register for IMechE Chartership and answered questions about the programme and qualifications required. A good training programme, focused on personal development, helped me to understand my strengths and weaknesses and tackle areas that needed improvement.