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Rachel House, Senior Engineer, Atkins

Rachel

Senior Engineer

When did you join Atkins?

I joined Atkins on the graduate scheme in September of 2009.

Why did you join Atkins?

I knew I wanted to work in consultancy, and I’d heard that Atkins had a lot of opportunities in areas that interested me. When I came for interview, I was really impressed by the people I met and the projects I heard about.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

I studied for an MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Durham University. I also did a lot of holiday placements with another consultancy.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

I’m a mechanical engineer and project manager – my background is in stress analysis in the Aerospace industry, but I’ve spent the past few years as a project manager for our Nuclear business. During this time, I’ve mostly led teams of staff delivering mechanical design and analysis work for one of our key clients.
I’ve recently been undertaking a business development secondment, setting up a new Atkins office and building relationships with a new client.

Do you have any professional accreditations?

I’m a chartered engineer, registered with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. I also co-ordinate our IMechE training scheme in the Derby team, and am a Professional Review Interviewer for the IMechE, assessing candidates for membership and registration.

What are you currently working on?

I’m just wrapping up a role in the north of Scotland, where I’ve been managing the growth of our work with the Dounreay nuclear facility, engaging our experts across the business with the client, establishing our base and managing our work here.

What achievement are you most proud of?

This last year has probably been my most challenging, but most rewarding. When I started in this role a year ago, we had no presence in this part of the UK, and limited client engagement. Since then, I’ve opened an office, had success winning work with the client, and managed some really promising conversations about how we can bring our experience to help them, it’s been a whirlwind year but one I’m very proud of.

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