Meet the Team - Graham Porter
What did you do before joining EDS?
Over my 30 years in the electrical industry I have gained extensive experience in both the Low Voltage and High Voltage industries which I have been fortunate to have been employed in. Upon leaving school, I embarked on a JIB Electrical Installation Apprenticeship within a Commercial & Industrial environment, and then progressed to a predominantly office-based role which included the complete electrical design of F. A. Wellworths supermarkets. In this role I developed a keen interest in energy efficiency. As the nature of the contracts involved considerable out of hours work, I was able to maintain my hands-on experience of the industry. I have over six years’ experience in the high voltage electrical industry, working as a Plant Maintenance Electrician for NIE Networks.
What is your role within EDS and what does it involve?
As a Control Engineer I’m responsible for controlling and coordinating safety activities across the Company’s portfolio of sites, up to and including 400kV voltage level. This will include preparation and approval of switching schedules, and the instruction and confirmation of safety precautions to achieve safety from the system. I also support the Operations Manager and Operations Director in the day-to-day operations of the business, aiding in the management of company resources and logistics to ensure that the operational demands of the business are met.
From the outset of my electrical apprenticeship, the importance of energy efficiency for the end customer was regularly emphasised. I have maintained this concept throughout my work and personal life. I recently designed and constructed my own home to enhanced energy efficiency standards and researched wind, solar and geothermal technologies. With the interest that I have gained in renewable technologies coupled with the exciting phase this sector of the industry is in, I feel there is potential for a long and rewarding career ahead.
What advice would you give to young people looking at careers in Renewable industry?
The renewable industry is rapidly diversifying as the result of advanced technologies. As a result of continuous on the job training and the opportunity to upskill, the potential for career development is extremely good. For new graduates starting out it’s important to take pride and have passion in the job role, have a ‘can do’ attitude, be flexible to change, maintain a high level of safety, and always be willing to both give and receive advice.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I am part of a National Hot Rod Oval Stock Car Racing Team where I assist in changing wheels, shock absorber adjustments, re-fuelling, etc. I also cook for my team members and other race teams to keep an element of camaraderie within the sport.