Meet Our New Recruit Sam Kelly
We would like to welcome Sam Kelly, Undergraduate Placement Student to the team here at EDS.
Here we get to know him a bit better …..
I had started a business course, but it just wasn’t for me, it didn’t inspire me at all. Engineering was something I had always thought about and when I started a Foundation Degree in Electrical Engineering, specialising in Wind at the University of Ulster I developed a keen interest for renewables. After this 2 year course I went straight into year two of their Clean Technology Degree.
My degree includes a 1 year placement which gives me the opportunity to get a Diploma in Professional Practice. Relatives working within the renewables industry knew of EDS and their reputation as a growing and forward thinking organisation. They sounded like just the kind of company I wanted to get involved with, and I jumped at the chance to work with them.
What kind of things are you involved with?
I’m based at the EDS control centre, so it’s been great to be involved with this and see how things are run. I’ve been able to help out with things such as developing a resource planner and help plan people on site, design work to improve the look of our documentation, preparing CAD drawings and helping to improve other systems and processes.
I’ve had my first visit to an Onshore Windfarm, and also completed all of my offshore training so am very much looking forward to my first trip offshore.
The team at EDS have been fantastic, really giving of their time and knowledge and I am learning a lot from them.
In your spare time?
I am a very outdoors kind of person that enjoys physical activity so in my first year at University I was very interested in becoming a member of the University Officers’ Training Corps (UOTC), this was a fantastic opportunity to develop my leadership skills through various activities and weekend expeditions. The training definitely gets you out of your comfort zone and makes you a lot more confident in your decision making.
All members of UOTC are students, either undergraduate or postgraduate, at universities or colleges within Northern Ireland. As a result, UOTC reflects the cultural diversity of students in Northern Ireland, as well as being one of its best student clubs.
When I’m not working or playing football I still try to find time for the piano as I have been playing since I was a kid and it’s something I really enjoy.