Samuel Bajomo CEng MIMechE, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Amec Foster Wheeler

What was your route into mechanical engineering?Samuel Bajomo

I studied a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, followed by an MSc, both at University College London (UCL). My course at UCL provided much breadth and depth into the technical and analytical aspects of mechanical engineering. This gave me a solid foundation from which to pursue a career in the broad spectrum that mechanical engineering offers.

I now work for Amec Foster Wheeler, an engineering and project management contractor for oil & gas, power & process, environment & infrastructure, and clean energy.

Describe a typical day for you as a mechanical engineer?

As a senior mechanical engineer in the oil & gas sector I am involved in the design and delivery of complex processing equipment. A typical day for me varies depending on the current stage of the project lifecycle, but common tasks include:

  • Attending design review meetings
  • Designing equipment
  • Reviewing designs, drawings and calculations of equipment
  • Working with other engineering disciplines to develop equipment specifications and datasheets
  • Liaising with suppliers/manufacturers to manage the process of equipment design, fabrication and delivery.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done in your career?

I have been involved in some of the largest oil & gas projects ever developed. I was responsible for the design of a set of heat exchangers that, when assembled, would cover the same area as three football pitches. It was an exciting, challenging and complex project that I will remember for a very long time.

What do you like most about your job?

I like the constant challenges, regularly working on different projects. I have the opportunity to work with many talented colleagues across continents, and travel around the UK and overseas. Most of all though, I like the virtuous cycle of continuous professional development, the recognition I get, and the opportunity to grow.

Have you worked overseas?

I worked in South Korea for a few months during the development phase of a major liquefied natural gas project. When not working, I had ample opportunity to travel within South Korea, experiencing the fascinating culture. I have also worked in Belgium during the development of an offshore North Sea gas processing platform.

What contribution do you think mechanical engineers make to society?

All aspects of our society are driven by a complex network of systems and processes that require engineers to function effectively. As the world around us evolves, so must our systems. Therefore, as mechanical engineers, we are directly involved in making the world around us a better place.

What advice would you give a young person considering a career in mechanical engineering?

A career in mechanical engineering opens up a wide range of opportunities within the engineering sector. As a mechanical engineer you will be respected, challenged and encouraged to further develop yourself.

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