Got your degree and unsure where it’s going to take you next? NEL, a world-class provider of technical consultancy, research, testing, flow measurement and programme management services, operates a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS)- a quality controlled route to assist new and recent graduate engineers from mechanical, chemical, electronic and electrical disciplines to achieve Chartered Engineer status.
NEL, who are based in Scotland and work globally with their clients to help them realise their commercial goals and technological challenges, have had their MPDS accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, an endorsement that the scheme meets their rigorous standards for the provision of quality training, support and opportunities for developing engineers to achieve chartership.
Dean Boyce joined NEL as a Project Engineer in 2007 after graduating from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Here he tells Scotcampus how he progressed to Chartered Engineer status in just five years.
“Since joining NEL I have developed and gained experience through a combination of in-depth project work, formal training and short-term secondments. Working as part of a small team has meant that I have assumed significant responsibility for the delivery of projects, regularly leading them. I am currently a technical specialist in wind turbine technology and testing, responsible for the delivery of a number of projects in the Wind Energy team.
“My career at NEL has given me exposure to a wide range of projects, disciplines and industry sectors. Working on a number of multi-disciplinary projects has been a significant undertaking, but has provided me with the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge in several areas. At NEL, it has been possible to work on a variety of projects, including mechanical rig design, multiphase flow metering and wind turbine testing.
“While developing my engineering skills through challenging project work, I have also been able to develop softer skills through working on bids, proposal writing and business development activities. My work has also afforded me the opportunity to travel around the world, delivering projects and meeting clients to develop opportunities.
“NEL’s Monitored Professional Development Scheme has formed an integral part of my development since joining the company. The Scheme is open to all new graduates to the company and aims to have graduate engineers prepared for their professional review interview for chartership within four to five years.
“Following successful completion of the Scheme, I am now a Chartered Engineer and a mentor to new graduates pursuing professional registration through MPDS.”
For further information on careers at NEL and the Monitored Professional Development Scheme visit www.tuvnel.com