Stephen France - Capital Commissioning Engineer
We've just completed commissioning a new hybrid unit which is a GIS with a switchgear inside a substation. For the last couple of months I've been working on that, and that went live last Thursday.
Commissioning new projects means I'm right on the frontline of construction - we're seeing new equipment go in. I'm involved in the capital spend for National Grid so it's all new builds, exciting new equipment that we're putting into service for the first time and we're really seeing the changes that National Grid are making to the electrical landscape.
I like working for National Grid because I find it's a great working environment, we get involved in lots of exciting projects, I really feel like we're on the frontline here of delivering new infrastructure for the UK. I feel safe, supported - we've got a great team.
The working atmosphere at National Grid is very positive and friendly - you feel supported in your role. You're never put under undue pressure, even though there are some big targets to meet, we always feel like we've got the support we need to deliver the role.
Over the next few years I'd really like to carry on my role within Construction, I'm quite keen on project management and there are some great opportunities where you can get involved in various different aspects of the design and project delivery and I see myself having a future in that direction.
National Grid is a great place to work, especially out in the field where you can get involved, you've got a great team around you, working with some really experienced, very talented engineers who really know their stuff. It's great to get involved in a situation where you've got engineers who you have a lot of confidence in working alongside you. It creates a really good working atmosphere - all working towards the same goal.