Philipp

Graduate

Graduate in Engineering and Consulting Services 

Location: London, Essen 

I am currently based in the UK on my assignment abroad with my colleagues at RWE Generation UK in Swindon, around 100 km west of London. I am providing support for two projects there in the Plant Integrity Team, which carries out engineering duties for all RWE power plants in the UK. 

My tasks

Firstly, I created a study for project development, comparing the current types of RWE power plant from country to country in order to make a technical assessment for potential future new builds. The nice thing about this is that I have been able to consider power stations in both the UK and Germany, and have also had the chance to visit them. It is always exciting to find out more about the operations in the individual locations alongside my studies of the drawings and project documents. 

My second project was all about fire protection, which is a completely new subject for me. The fire detection and fire suppression systems are to be expanded in an RWE power plant in the UK to improve operational safety. In this regard, I was able to process the entire project from initiation to putting out the bids for tender, and I learned a lot about project work in doing so. 

Another thing that was important to me was finding out more about RWE power stations in the UK. For this reason, I used the three months to accompany experienced colleagues on their visits and, in doing so, got interesting insights into the modern combined cycle and biomass power plants that RWE operates here. 

Working with my colleagues in the UK

The working atmosphere is very open and my colleagues are very willing to help me when I need their support. I have also noticed that they are very proud of helping to ensure supply security for the UK through their work. The biggest difference compared to my assignments in Germany is the work environment. Everyone, no matter whether they’re a manager or an intern, sits together in one big office and does not have their own desks. This extremely open system required quite an adjustment on my part to start with, but it makes working in project teams much easier and promotes a communal feeling. It has been great fun getting to know RWE abroad and I am delighted that I have been able to meet so many experienced colleagues there. 

One special feature of the programme is being mentored by a manager in the company, with whom the trainee can discuss a whole range of topics.

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