My name is Daron Hodges and I work for E.ON as a Site Responsible Engineer seconded to Horizon Nuclear Power (HNP), based in Gloucester. I am a member of a team of 15, responsible for the site development of two new nuclear sites at Wylfa and Oldbury.
My career path
My role is predominately looking after the interface between National Grid and HNP. I also have the added responsibility of being the HNP site safety engineer, ensuring that the current phase of site works, including extensive ground investigations, proceed safely and efficiently.
With a career spanning over 20 years I have gained a number of skills including project management, health and safety, and mentoring, in addition to skills in theoretical and practical engineering. It is the latter that I am particularly proud of.
Engineering has always been a focus in my life, in particular electrical engineering. I studied for a number of Electrical Engineering City and Guilds qualifications, before completing an ONC, HNC and then an HND all in electrical engineering. These qualifications provided me with a strong base to build my knowledge and expertise, enabling me to map out a career as an engineer.
Some of my greatest professional achievements include:
- Being selected and seconded from E.ON to assist with the building of two new nuclear power plants, supplying the UK with 6.6GW of electricity.
- Being selected within HNP as their Grid Expert to consult on the new site layout and electrical connections of the new plant.
- Becoming the Site Safety Engineer having successfully developed site safety to a very high standard.
- Formerly with Central Networks reaching the status of Senior Authorised Person for electrical distribution networks, responsible for training operational staff and project managers.
Professional qualifications and becoming Incorporated Engineer registered
In 2004 I joined the IET, a professional engineering institution for electrical engineering. Membership provided me with CPD opportunities, enabling me to develop my technical knowledge further and introduced me to professional registration.
I was given advice and support from the institution as to what was required and what level of registration I was eligible for. I was pleased to discover that following some enhanced training my level of qualifications and experience met the criteria for Incorporated Engineer registration.
The Incorporated Engineer registration process involved me preparing a professional review report demonstrating how I met the competences set out in the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC. Once this was approved I was invited to an interview conducted by two IET members. I was able to draw on my experiences and demonstrate my knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and its application.
A short while after the interview I was extremely pleased to be told I had been successful and I was now able to use the letters IEng after my name. I am now being given the fantastic opportunity by E.ON and HNP to continue developing my qualifications and experience, working towards CEng status.
For me, gaining professional registration as an IEng shows my commitment to the profession as well as ensuring that my company and my peers see me for what I am, a first class professional.