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A Day in the Life of... Our Graduate R&D Engineer

19 October 2017

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Jordan McCooe talks about his role as Graduate R&D Engineer at CDEnviro and what he enjoys most about his job.


Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background

I am 24 years old and I work as a Graduate R&D Engineer for CDEnviro. I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and immediately secured a role at CDEnviro. I have now been part of the team here for 15 months and I’m enjoying it more than ever!

Describe ‘a day in the life of’ a Graduate Product Development Engineer at CDEnviro

Every day is different which is what makes my job so interesting.  I am usually either researching a new market or developing a new solution but within these two core principles, I could be testing a material or product, liaising with the business development or technical teams on the market need and technical requirements or even collaborating with the marketing team on the promotion of a new solution.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Freedom is definitely one of the best aspects of working at CDEnviro. Within my role I have independence to research and develop solutions to problems without being ushered in a certain direction. The trust instilled in me at graduate level has been a massive factor in my professional development. On a personal and social level, I enjoy working with such an outgoing and lively team.  We have lots of social events and initiatives running throughout the year which help nurture our team culture.

What key qualities do you think you need to possess to be successful in the waste management industry?

To be successful in our industry, it’s important to be innovative and persistent.  As environmental regulations change for our customers, we continually need to look at ways of solving new challenges.  Being able to think outside the box and not give-in when the solution doesn’t seem to exist is key.  We persevere and never take no for an answer.

What would your advice be to current Engineering students?

I'd tell them that waste management is a great place to be- it's a rapidly growing industry and one that will continue to need more Engineers who are relentless when it comes to finding solutions.  Keep an eye out on our vacancies page for new roles too.