William Hulme's Grammar School (2003-2012), Manchester College (2012), University of Central Lancashire (2013-2016), Brunel University of London (2017-2020)
9x GCSEs, 4x A-Levels, City & Guilds in Computer Aided Design, BEng (First Class) Building Services and Sustainable Engineering
GMS Thermal Products Limited for 5 and a half years (since leaving college). I started as a trainee design engineer and worked my way up to BIM & Major Projects Manager
BIM & Major Projects Manager
24 year old, engineer, homeowner and boxer dog owner!!
Hi, my name is Lauren.
I am 24 years old, and I live in the North West of England (about 30 mins from Manchester). I live in my own house with my Boxer dog Keira (she’s mad!!). We like going for day trips out to the seaside and most of the time chasing some form of ball.
I originally left sixth form with the intention of going to Manchester University to study Geography but turned out I didn’t really like uni so I dropped out and got a job as a CAD Draughtsman doing technical drawings for a local engineering firm. Five years later, after completing my degree whilst working, I have just been offered a job at another company as their Technical and Quality Manager. I am a big advocate for Apprenticeships and “Learning while you are earning”.
I make sure people are warm and they have hot water!
I work as BIM & Major Projects Manager at a Manufacturer of Bespoke Heat Transfer/Boiler Room Equipment/Packages.
We manufacture plant room packages and vessels for storing water and steam. I am responsible for designing equipment, creating drawings for manufacture, buying in materials and making sure the customer is happy and everything he/she needs.
Our equipment has been installed in some cool places around the world including;
- Wembley Stadium
- Houses of Parliament
- Burj Al Arab – Dubai
- Ritz Carlton – Hong Kong
- Polar Expedition Camp – Antarctica
8:30-9.00 – Arrive at work and check my emails. A customer from Hong Kong had emailed me in the night asking for connections to be moved on a cylinder so I made these changes and sent a revised drawing back to him for approval.
9:00-9:30 – Production Meeting. I sit with the production team and transport department to go over what needs to be done today and what equipment is to be delivered.
9:30-10:30 – I am currently working on a 24,000 litre tank for GlaxoSmithKline, some sub-assembly drawings needed to be submitted to the client. I also gathered material certificates for the material which had already been delivered.
10:30-12:00 – Meeting with a new supplier of valves, to discuss our requirements along with prices.
12:30 – 1:00 – I am also working on designs with a consultant in Doha, they are 3 hours ahead so I need to contact him before he leaves the office for the day. I ring him to check the temperatures that are required for the top floor swimming pool as this will affect the size of our heat exchangers.
What I'd do with the money
The money would be donated to my local authority’s Employment and Skills department who run “Tameside Menu of Choice” which provides investment in the borough’s future by helping to provide great quality careers education to local schools and clubs.http://www.liveworkinvest.com/tameside-menu-of-choice/
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
passionate, determined, nerd
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Won, Designed and Project Managed the companies biggest contract at a Nuclear Facility
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My dad (mainly him telling me engineering wasn't for me and me proving him wrong!!)
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I once ran past the cones at playtime and has to stand next to the wall for 2 minutes...
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Something to do with earthquakes, hurricanes etc. disaster relief...I was really good at Geography
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Jumped out of a plane at 11,000ft
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Travel the world, Be happy and....more wishes??? :-p
Tell us a joke.
What do you call cheese which isnt yours? Nacho Cheese....(sorry!! that's really bad haha)