What’s great about working at Howden?
Part of what I love at Howden is the type of work we get to do on the graduate scheme. We rotate around different placements every 3 months or so, and get a lot of variety in our work.
The work we do also has meaning, so there’s always a sense of achievement in everything you do. I’ve built a network of colleagues who are really helpful and supportive. It’s great to be part of a company who value their people and encourage young graduates and engineers to succeed.
What have you enjoyed most about the graduate training programme?
I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the graduate programme, but the part I enjoy most is that I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of the business and experience placements in many different departments. As a graduate, it’s really important to gain as much experience as possible in different roles to help understand what you enjoy most and where you can make the biggest impact with your skills and passions. The variety of placements always keeps you engaged, and excited to learn and experience more.
What opportunities does Howden give you that have enhanced your learning and development?
The variety of the work gives you good visibility of the business and how it functions. Every placement is a new and exciting challenge, and a great opportunity to grow and develop as a young engineer. I have completed placements in Engineering, Project Management, Transition and Migration and even Field Services out working on site.
I am currently working on my IMechE Chartership with mentoring from my manager. We are fully supported to work towards our goals and empowered to achieve them.
What excites you about your future at Howden?
With Howden being a global company with a great portfolio of products, I am excited to learn more about the products, the industries we work in and be a part of the customer journey. I am passionate about engineering and making a difference in the world through all we do at Howden. Seeing the work we do come to life is so enriching and I look forward to continuing my career at Howden being involved in exciting and diverse projects to enable our customers’ success.
When you think about your career so far with Howden, what has made you most proud?
My proudest moment at Howden so far is being involved in a wind tunnel build project as part of my site services placement. I was at site for 6 weeks and experienced the decommissioning of a 70+ year old wind tunnel fan, and took part in the build of a new wind tunnel section.
I was involved in many aspects of the build, reviewed drawings and parts, and wrote technical queries to senior design engineers. Being on site allowed me to extend and apply my theoretical engineering knowledge, whilst also giving me a host of practical skills and a true appreciation for the products we build.