Resourcing the world

Veolia is working hard as part of the wider water, waste and energy sectors to drive forward the circular economy and preserve scarce raw materials. They want to create a future in which end-of-life resources are transformed into products that enrich our lives and can power our homes and industry. 

Veolia are innovators, manufacturing green products and green energy using waste, waste water and wasted heat as a resource mine; helping customers to decrease their carbon footprint through smart solutions.

Graduate engineers help Veolia with driving innovation in all three of their business areas – waste, water and energy.

Meet Umar Mughal, Reliability Excellence Engineer

Degree background:  MEng Chemical Engineering

What do you do in a nutshell?

My job involves leading improvement projects and developing the reliability performance of a Hazardous Waste Incineration site (1 of only 3 in the UK).

What’s your favourite part of your role?

I particularly enjoy the open innovative atmosphere I work in. I can bring any idea to the table to improve our reliability performance.

What is a piece of advice you have for undergraduates/graduates interested in a career in engineering?

It’s easy to advise on and emphasise how important soft skills are, such as work-ethic and team-work. My real turning point was my ‘Year in Industry’. This allowed me to see how engineering theory aligned with real scenarios. It opened my eyes to the realities of a real operational site. Working alongside team members from various different engineering disciplines, such as electrical and software engineers, also massively broadened my horizons. 

I came away with a real drive and passion for engineering and the right work ethic to succeed. I would highly recommend an internship or year in industry to anyone wishing to develop a successful future in engineering.

Meet Alexandros Kakouriotis, Process Engineer

Degree background:  BEng Environmental Engineering & MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management.

What do you do in a nutshell?

I work in the Industrial Water part of the business within the Technical & Performance  division. I provide innovative technical solutions for our industrial customers, focusing on the circular economy,  resource efficiency and environmental performance. 

What’s your favourite part of your role?

The most satisfying part of my role is that I am exposed to a variety of technical challenges on a daily basis which provides the perfect platform for personal development and keeps my interest peaked in today’s fast paced world. 

What piece of advice do you have for undergraduates/graduates interested in a career in engineering?

My advice to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in Engineering is that although it is a broad discipline and it may at times seem intimidating, there are common rules governing the sub-disciplines and no matter which one you have chosen, I guarantee that there is always something interesting and worthwhile to pursue; even if the path you end up following is not the one you started on.

Meet Lisa Marfell, Site Engineer

Degree background: MEng Mechanical Engineering

What do you do in a nutshell?

I work at a Bio-energy plant in North Scotland, where we take distillery co-products from our client and convert these into renewable steam. My role focuses on improving the operations and efficiency of the site, such as monitoring and improvement of water usage and efficiency. 

What’s your favourite part of your role?

My favourite part of my role is that every day is different and brings new challenges, and there is always something new to learn. I enjoy having a mixture of responsibilities for overseeing daily operations and longer term improvement projects, which keeps the role very varied.

What is a piece of advice you have for undergraduates/graduates interested in a career in engineering?

The advice that was given to me when starting on the Graduate Development Programme that I found really beneficial, was to make the most of all opportunities that present themselves; but also not to be afraid to make your own opportunities to gain experience in new areas. The more you put into your role, the more you get out.

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