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Young Engineers Network: “There will always be someone to help you out”

Gregory Smith, Lead BMS Support/Commissioning Engineer at E.ON Controls, was a delegate at the recent Young Engineers Network event at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Here he tells the BCIA about his experience of the day and why he would encourage others to attend future events.

Did you enjoy the event?

It was great – even as not the biggest football fan going, the building itself has some very interesting concepts to it. My family most all being Spurs supporters allowed for some real jealousy at the next family Sunday roast! It was great to catch up with likeminded people – ending the evening as if we had known each other and worked together for a long time. I’m really looking forward to the next one – Roll on BCIA YEN Event 03!

What did you find most interesting?

I was impressed with the story of Tottenham, and how they started, leading all the way up to the current impressive stadium. It was great to see it not only for its football use, but also, the NFL and music events. The core structure in both engineering and architectural elements I found highly interesting, and the facts and figures explained by the guide were highly informative.

The tour guides were top quality and really got involved, seeming approachable and friendly, with a real passion for what they do and the team they support. A personal highlight of the tour is the concrete floor being constructed from the previous crushed remains of the old White Hart Lane stadium – a brilliant element added in by the designers bringing both history and future into one.

For the event as a whole – just how far some of the young engineers have come from – they’re country wide, and its brilliant to see them all getting together. Hats off to their employers getting behind this and allowing them the time also. It’s brilliant, and it’s certainly the right track to assisting in improving industry knowledge across the board for years to come.

Why should other young engineers attend future BCIA YEN events?

It’s a great afternoon/evening out. The team do a great job organising something which is really informative and useful to take forward into your own day-to-day, as well as the chance to get a low key, one-on-one explanation and talk through of a system or plant that you may never get the chance to experience in your current roles.

You can experience engineers talking about various systems, see how things differ from contractor to contractor and how other areas and job roles can progress and what routes can be taken.

To top all this off, there’s a fantastic social event afterwards allowing you to bridge and network with other likeminded engineers and professionals in roles from trainees to experienced. There will always be someone to help you out, offer a different perspective, enlighten and mentor or perhaps just talk to you about similar hobbies!