A warm welcome to Usama Khalid, who joins the DAGEM Power Graduate Scheme after completing a Masters in Sustainable Electrical Power at Brunel University, London.
Get to know Usama by checking out his ‘Meet the Team’ interview…
Where did you graduate from, what did you study and how did you find this experience?
‘I completed my undergraduate studies at The University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan before moving to London where I completed a Masters in Sustainable Electrical Power at Brunel University. This experience provided me with an appreciation of electrical power systems and renewable energy generation.’
Tell us a bit about yourself, what are your interests and hobbies?
‘I am an ambitious, confident, and self-driven individual. In my spare time I like to read comics and am passionate about robotics and the Internet of Things… I like to keep up to date with the latest news in this field via Internet Forums, YouTube and Social Media.’
What excites you most about a career working in the Power Industry?
‘The power industry is rapidly evolving with the advancement of smart grids, energy storage and rise of renewable energy sources. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse team to solve these complex problems and help provide the solutions required to oversee the delivery of these changes.’
What attracted you to the DAGEM Power Graduate Scheme?
‘DAGEM Power have a reputation for providing excellent career growth opportunities thanks to the ongoing mentorship, training and Personal Development Plan programmes provided. I am particularly looking forward to taking part in the DAGEM Power Academy’s ‘Electrical Engineering for Power Engineers’ course starting next month.’
Tell us about your first few weeks… What is the first project you are working on?
‘My first few weeks with DAGEM Power have been very busy! I have attended a number of training courses required to access high voltage substations, including NG Persons, CCNSG Safety Passport and Emergency First Aid at Work as well as completing my DAGEM Induction and inaugural Personal Development Plan.
I have started work on the Viking Link Project, helping commission the extension at National Grid’s Bicker Fen 400kV Substation to facilitate the 1.4GW HVDC connection between the British and Danish transmission systems. Working with such a supportive and collaborative team on such an interesting project has been an excellent experience.’
What are your goals for your new role and how do you see yourself contributing to the company’s success?
‘My initial focus will be on building the necessary foundation, both in terms of technical knowledge and practical experience, required to become a Commissioning Engineer, with the aim of eventually attaining National Grid TP141 authorisation. I also hope to complete my Professional Registration with the support of DAGEM’s IET Enterprise Partnership.
I’m dedicated to Continuing Professional Development and believe that my skillset, passion, and drive will make me a valuable asset to the team, contributing to DAGEM’s overall success and ultimately helping deliver the UK’s net zero targets.’