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A Day in the Life of... Our Project Design Engineer

16 February 2018

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As part of our 'A Day in the Life of' series, Stuart Nevin talks about his role as Project Design Engineer at CDEnviro and what advice he'd give to an Engineer who is just starting out.


Can you describe a typical working day?

It’s hard to describe my typical day as no two days are the same.  I’m mainly involved with the project design team who tailor the design of each plant to suit each customer’s specific needs.  This can either be on a live project or at the presales stage to ensure we get the best performance out of our plant for each customer.  Recently I have been more involved with the product development team to help ensure CDEnviro stay at the forefront of the market and continue producing new and innovative solutions.  I have also been given the opportunity to manage some projects which has allowed me to collaborate with all the departments in CDEnviro.

What has been your educational/career path to this post?

When studying my Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University, Belfast, I was fortunate to secure a yearlong placement with CDEnviro as a Placement Design/Technical Engineer. Despite this, after graduating top of my year, I decided to undertake a research role for a year at QUB studying vibration induced fatigue.  I enjoyed my time at CDEnviro so much that after that I decided to go back.  Within 6 months I was promoted to the position of Project Design Engineer.  A year on, I am now managing a small team within the product development department which is continuing to grow.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to see something that you have spent weeks designing on your computer being turned in to reality is very rewarding for me.  This coupled with the satisfaction of seeing a happy customer at the end of the project that I have been involved with, makes my job hard to beat.

How would you describe the future prospects in our industry?

The boundaries of what can be recycled are being continually pushed and until zero waste is achieved, there will always be new prospects in the industry.  There are many challenges which need to be overcome before we achieve zero waste and the waste management industry will be at the forefront of it all.

What advice would you give to anyone just starting out in Engineering?

I would definitely recommend taking a placement year during your degree or course. I learnt a lot about how the industry operates and the day to day challenges which companies face.  This experience helped me to develop as a person and build confidence in my ability.   I no longer worry about trying something new, but look forward to it. 

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