My Placement Year Round-Up: Emily Crawley

Placement Engineer

Emily is a BSc Hons Technology with Design student at Ulster University, currently on a yearlong industrial placement as a Revit Engineer within E+I Engineering’s BIM Division. Read Emily’s take on life as an E+I Engineering placement student below.

When exploring my options for placement year, I was immediately attracted to the placement position at E+I Engineering due to the great reputation the company holds within the local community. I saw it as a great opportunity to put everything I had learned so far in my technology and design degree into practice, as the role offered the perfect blend of both engineering and design.

I currently work within E+I Engineering’s BIM team as a Revit Engineer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the terms BIM and Revit, think of it as a more advanced form of CAD where intelligent properties such as weight and structural area are built into each 3D object to produce digital models that mimic the real-world environment. BIM stands for Building information Modelling, which is the overall concept of intelligent 3D modelling whilst Revit is the 3D modelling software used to create the 3D BIM models.

Before I began my placement journey, I had no working experience of BIM or Revit. However, my skills soon developed through training and lots of hands on experience. I was first trained to identify defects in individual Revit components which helped me to build a basic understanding of Revit. Through reading Autodesk Revit manuals, researching and gathering E&I’s standard operating procedures, I developed confidence in carrying out tasks for live projects.

Since then my role has developed to include more responsibilities. I now work on a number of projects independent, modelling E+I Engineering’s busbar products from client specifications. I also work with linked firms to ensure E+I Engineering are using the latest technologies for Revit, which involves taking part in video calls and problem solving on a daily basis.

Working within a team environment is something I really enjoy about my role, interacting with my colleagues daily to solve problems and being given the support I need to improve my knowledge and broaden my skill set. Since beginning my placement year, I have been made to feel like a valued member of team and was nominated by my manager for the Ulster University ‘Innovation in Placement’ Award. I was one of few candidates chosen to attend an award ceremony in Ulster University Jordanstown and received a certificate of achievement.

I am pleased to now be embarking on my final year of university with a better understanding of and confidence in software packages such as Solid works and Solid edge, which will be required for my studies.  Over the course of the year I have become very patient in the learning process and more comfortable seeking support when required, which will benefit me in both my final year and future career. Having gained hands on experience of Revit and working on live engineering jobs will also increase my career prospects post-graduation.

I feel extremely lucky to have had such a valuable and enjoyable placement experience at E+I Engineering and would like to thank the team for their continued patience and support over the past year.