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Job Dreams: Engineering Design Manager

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As part of our Job Dreams series, we speak to professionals from different careers and share their advice with you. Last month, we found out what it’s like to be a social worker. This month we met Georgia, who let us know what it’s like to work in renewable energy…

What do you do?

Engineering Design Manager – Offshore Floating Wind for RWE Renewables

Can you tell us what your day-to-day is like?

Due to the broad scope of my role, usually every day is different. As with most jobs, there is a portion of the day spent giving guidance/steering/inputs/opinions via email, and there are usually a few Teams calls to discuss various topics. But digging down into tasks, I could spend my day: 

  • Coordinating teams of technical experts (e.g. Structures, Electrical, Wind Resource, Logistics, Turbine, O&M) to provide information to specific projects
  • Giving guidance on optimisation of offshore floating projects (e.g. layout, foundation, fabrication & logistics, turbine choice etc…) 
  • Organising external studies into supply chain or technical investigations
  • Work with local teams on the development strategy for specific markets
  • Many other things…!

What do you love most about your job?

Knowing that I am working hard to help halt climate change. Climate change is one of the single biggest threats to our modern way of life, but as people in the Western world have not been too directly affected by it yet, many do not see the threat and are not willing to adjust their way of life. Developing countries are already experiencing negative effects, including droughts, food and water shortage and extreme weather events, and many are having to flee. It is only a matter of time before those issues start impacting western countries too. 

What do you find most challenging?

As we work in a global business, meeting colleagues remotely across different time zones can pose challenges. But fundamentally what I find most challenging is the knowledge that some people still don’t care about climate change (or even don’t believe in it!) and oppose wind power. Fundamentally, people need electricity, and as the population grows and more people get access to technology, this demand will only increase. Electricity has to come from somewhere, and offshore wind offers a cheaper, reliable, flexible and efficient solution to this.