Chartered Mechanical Engineer

Michael Terrell

My favourite part of the job:

I love the fact that my job is working on-board a Vanguard class submarine at Devonport Royal Dockyard. It’s a £350 million project involving more than 2,000 people and 2.2 million man hours.

Most challenging thing I’ve ever done:

Every day is different with varied challenges. The biggest one I’ve overcome so far was achieving my long-term goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. 

My typical day

I joined Babcock in October 2007 as a graduate engineer and have successfully achieved chartership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Now I’m a Reactor Senior Engineer working in the Submarine Business Unit.

My role is to manage the mechanical and constructive production processes, and co-ordinate nuclear procedures, for refitting and repairing reactor systems on Vanguard class submarines.

The key to starting my day right is to have a good morning routine, getting a thorough handover and the necessary information to plan for a successful day.

I go on board the submarine to sort out an issue and check progress, before visiting the Project Team to check the delivery forecast for items on order. 

At the daily Reactor Zone progress meeting, I brief all key stakeholders on how we’re doing.

At the end of the day, I hand over activities to the backshift Reactor Senior Engineers and prepare for tomorrow.