Meet the Team - John Lee
Our current placement Student John Lee heads back to Ulster University for his final year - we catch up with him on his time at EDS.
How did you end up at EDS?
I am currently undertaking a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ulster University. This is a broad course as we study modules in both mechanics and electrics. My degree includes a placement year to gain a Diploma in Professional Practice and this gave me a chance to apply with EDS.
I applied for the Electrical Engineer Undergraduate Programme after doing some research on the company and seeing the strong reputation they have within the industry. It’s a growing, progressive company and I felt that the culture within the business was well matched to myself.
I wanted to grow my own skillset under the tutelage of highly skilled and experienced engineers in the High Voltage industry and EDS could provide me with this. Working in renewables also appealed greatly to myself.
I have always had a keen interest in engineering and the environment. From a young age, I have enjoyed getting hands-on and taking things apart, studying how they work and then putting them back together. I find renewable technologies which can help the world curb our carbon emissions intriguing.
What kind of things are you involved with?
The first 6 months off the job was based at the EDS Control Centre in Belfast. This role involved monitoring Scada systems across the UK and carrying out other engineering tasks to help with the smooth running of EDS. The second 6 months were spent carrying out HV maintenance and Protection Testing at various wind farms thorughout UK. On top of this I have recently finished assisting SAPs with Scada commissioning and Energisation on an offshore wind farm. It is nice to play a part in achieving such milestones like energisation whilst continually learning and expanding my knowledge of High Voltage systems under the watchful eye of experienced SAPs.
In your spare time?
I am active person and enjoy playing a wide variety of sports. During the summer months I play football for my local club and in the winter months play rugby for Dungannon RFC. If I’m not playing I enjoy going to watch the matches down in the Aviva Stadium or Croke Park. I also have a keen interest in travelling and have recently been bit by the skiing bug.