Another warm welcome to the next member of our 2023 Graduate Scheme intake, Vincent Wing Sun Lau, who joins DAGEM Power after completing his undergraduate degree at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and subsequently a Masters at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Get to know Vincent by checking out his ‘Meet the Team’ interview…
Where did you graduate from and what did you study?
I graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BEng in Electrical Engineering. I later went on to complete an MA in Sociology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong before moving to the UK where I have been living for the last 18 months.
Tell us a bit about yourself, what are your interests and hobbies?
I enjoy travel and the many opportunities it brings, such as meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and the chance to try new things. I also love taking photos, in particular portraits.
What attracted you to the DAGEM Power Graduate Scheme?
DAGEM’s Graduate Scheme ensures the necessary practical and technical foundation is achieved through a mix of on-the-job learning under the guidance of experienced Senior Engineers, and classroom learning, via their Power Academy’s ‘Electrical Engineering for Power Engineers’ course which I will start in the next few weeks.
What projects have you been working on and what are your first impressions?
I have been working at National Grid’s Iron Acton substation, where DAGEM are commissioning a 132kV busbar protection extension. I have also spent a few days at Upper Boat 275kV working on one of the new Traction Transformer bays.
It’s been a great experience for me and I have enjoyed meeting the rest of the team. There is a culture within the team that encourage us to ask questions and a supportive environment to help us learn.
What are your goals for your new role and how do you see yourself contributing to the company’s success?
My long term goal is to become a technical expert in Power Systems and attain National Grids TP141 Commissioning Authorisation. I hope to use this skillset to help DAGEM in the delivery of the UK’s Net Zero targets.
What are the biggest challenges you have faced adjusting to your new career?
Commissioning is not your typical 9 to 5 office job! Working on site means lots of travel, but while I’m still adjusting to the lifestyle change I like that my day-day duties and work environment are varied and enjoy working with different teams.
What advice do you have for other graduates interested in pursuing a career in the Power Industry?
Ask a lot of questions, and don’t ever be worried about sounding silly, it’s important to ask questions for your development!