Featured-alumni-christopher-hollandBEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering

Christopher Holland is the Assistant Project Manager for Amey, working with public and regulated sector clients providing a range of services across the UK including utilities, highways, waste management, rail, justice solutions, social housing and facilities management.

Why BEng Hons Electrical Power Engineering?

As a former electrician my aspiration was to move in to the High Voltage sector. I felt that the power engineering degree provided by Glasgow Caledonian University covered all the relevant aspects for a career in High Voltage engineering.

Your time at GCU

The modules taught in our final year were really interesting and directly applicable to most graduate power engineering careers. The balance between lectures and coursework allowed us time to apply the theory to practical issues raised within the engineering sector.

Completing my dissertation in conjunction with ScottishPower Renewables, analysing the proposition of an offshore Transmission Network, really was the highlight of my degree. It allowed me to apply the knowledge and analytical skills that I developed at GCU to a topical issue within the offshore renewables sector.

GCU’s strong links with industry is reflected in the number of global companies who support their employees to attend courses part time. As a full time student I felt that I benefitted from the part time students advice and up to date industry input.

After GCU

I am currently employed by Amey as an Assistant Project Manager, managing all aspects of construction projects for substations within the UK Transmission Network. The power degree did not only provide me with a foot in the door but has proved to be invaluable during my initial months of my new career.

Advice to new graduates

I’d encourage engineering students to become members of professional societies. I became a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) whilst at GCU and in the process of joining Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS).

For those considering studying engineering I’d suggest looking at what jobs are out there in the current market and what employers are looking for before choosing which degree to pursue.