What led you to this career?
I’ve always loved solving problems, so Engineering was the obvious route for me. I didn’t ever expect to be in the Oil and Gas industry but after doing a placement with Sonomatic in my last year at University, I was thrilled to come back and join the team.
What does your job role involve?
Most of the time I’m either writing or testing code. Sometimes it’s to develop new capabilities and sometimes it’s because something isn’t working properly and needs to be investigated. Usually, we know what we want it to look like when it’s ‘done’ so getting it to that stage is the problem-solving part of the job.
Can you give an insight into your working day at Sonomatic?
It can vary massively depending on what I’m working on. Sometimes I’m working on something on my own, other times I’m working really closely with others. If I’m supporting a live analysis project, I’m usually on and off short Teams calls throughout the day so that people can get in touch if they are having problems or have questions about the software. It’s nice to be able to sort something on the spot but that’s not always possible so sometimes it’s back to the code for a while afterwards to investigate. I have a nice balance of meetings and time to just get my head down and work. Big projects can have regular meetings to figure out what we actually need to achieve and make sure we’re making progress.
What is the best thing about being part of the Sonomatic Team?
The team itself is definitely the best part. From the start it’s been a friendly environment to join and even starting my new role in the midst of the pandemic, working from home, I was always supported in learning what the job involves.
What accomplishment have you made at Sonomatic that you are proud of?
The amount of knowledge I’ve picked up. I didn’t come from a Chemical or Mechanical Engineering background, my degree was in Electrical Engineering, so everything about the industry was new to me but knowing that I can now follow a conversation, provide useful input, and even explain some of the basics of inspection to others is something I’m really proud of. I’m picking more and more up as I go and looking forward to learning more.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I’m heavily involved with Scouting in my local area, so I go away camping a lot. I also like hiking, cycling and getting out on the water too whenever possible. In the summer I’ll be out kayaking, wild swimming or water-skiing. When winter comes it’s back to regular skiing though because I also love hitting the slopes.