There is no day which is the same, each day has so much variety throughout it with different projects having their own challenges.
Much of what happens throughout the day is management of the project, issuing contractors with permits and reviewing consultant’s designs. This style of day keeps the job fresh and I always feel like I have accomplished something by the end, whether that be helping a colleague out or completing a small task which helps move the project forward.
What was it that made you choose Almac over other companies that interested you or with which you interviewed?
I have always had a fascination with the pharmaceutical industry and a desire to work within this field. Almac interested me as it had such a diverse portfolio and was rapidly growing in the market.
The prospect of the variation in projects from new buildings to minor works of upgrading laboratories very much appealed to me. The interview process was pleasant. The staff wanted to get to know me as a person, as well as my technical abilities. After completing a face to face interview, I just knew that this was a place I could work in.
What projects have you worked on that have been particularly interesting?
At my short time here at Almac I have been involved in a broad range of projects, including one at our Arran site in Athlone, but one of the most interesting was a complex stability room project which has been my main project to date.
The work involved all trades with civil & structural modification requirements, installation of mechanical piping and pumps and electrical fit-out required. This project demanded such a wide variety of engineering knowledge rather than just the classic “chemical engineering” topics; as a result, it became a steep learning curve for me as a process engineer.
Do you think your job makes a real difference?
Process Engineers are critical to the business of Almac. Almost all the large projects on site are dealt with by our department. This shows that as a process engineer you are responsible for the progression of the business and its assets as it continues to grow on the world stage.
As part of the pharmaceutical industry, we must complete our tasks to the highest standards, as defects could lead to quality issues. This is why I joined Almac, it is the concept that as a process engineer, I am part of a chain of people delivering pharmaceutical products to the market to help advance health.
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