Emily Johns - graduate profile

“When I came to choose my degree course I was already interested in engineering, and having two older brothers and an engineer father may have helped! I had no problems selecting an area of study. I took a foundation degree at Southampton University, but wanting to be closer to home I chose Plymouth for my degree and decided on the mechanical design course. I found the lecturers were very organised and approachable. To work in design you do need to have the basic knowledge, but also you need a bit of imagination. Attention to detail is very important; especially as in a job you could be relaying information to people you may not even speak to.

After spending two years as a Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer for water treatment company Copa, I decided I would like to find out more about the water industry. I contacted Hyder Consulting to see what they could offer. Now I am working in their Plymouth office as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer and am hoping to obtain my IEng with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The work is much more varied and I am involved with projects from start to finish. Recently I have been dealing with a large project with South West Water. The company has purchased a lake with the intention of delivering water to existing Cornish water reserves that may be reaching their supply limit during the summer months. I was involved in the hydraulics of the scheme, pump selection and the most effective layout.”