Andris UpenieksAndris Upenieks

How long have you been at SNC-Lavalin?
One year.

What attracted you to the SNC-Lavalin graduate scheme?
The rotational scheme structure, design project and fast track to Chartered engineer status.

Where did you study before?
Loughborough University.

What course did you do?
Systems Engineering.

What’s your current role at SNC-Lavalin?
I’m currently on an Asset Management & Maintenance placement.

What interests you about your role?
I have been performing train inspections in local depots by using an application developed within the company. Afterwards I support the documentation development. It provides great experience of combined working in and out of the office. In addition I get to test new applications being developed in the company.

What opportunities have you had since you’ve worked here?
I have had the opportunity to be the Railway Challenge project manager, where I was responsible for a team of 12 graduates building a miniature gauge railway locomotive. Having such a demanding and difficult role so early in the graduate scheme has given me exposure to many areas of the company and expanded my contacts network. The design and build project provides valuable experience to every graduate that joins the company. I gained invaluable experience in everything from designing locomotives, team management and document writing, to machining and welding steel parts.

What other teams have you worked in while on the graduate scheme?
I have worked within the Project Management, Rolling Stock Enhancements and Systems Engineering teams.

What makes it a great place to work?
Colleagues will do their best to support your development and provide guidance where needed.