Alexander Rowley, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 2013

What are you doing now; tell us about your role and your journey since graduation?

Before graduating in 2013 I had already been accepted onto the Network Rail engineering graduate scheme and began the scheme just three months after leaving Derby. When I first started the role I was given the opportunity to familiarise myself with Network Rail by working with all the departments in the business ranging from; designing Overhead Line Equipment to assisting with customer service at Birmingham New Street station.

After six months of experiencing various roles within the company, I began a six month placement with the Electrification and Plant asset management team. This is where I began working on projects to manage and improve the railway infrastructure and become involved with some major projects taking place in this area.

I have just recently started my second placement as an Electrification and Plant maintenance engineer, where I hope to gain a more hands on experience with the electrical systems involved with the railway and progress further.

What were the main reasons you took that course? 

I chose Electrical and Electronic Engineering because of the variety of exciting career opportunities the degree could give me.

Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?
The course suited my interests and the University was relatively close to home.

What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?
Studying at Derby enhanced my knowledge of engineering and improved my personal skills, both of which helped me to secure this post and carry out my role to a high standard.

How did the lecturers inspire you?

Lectures inspired me to continually improve my own knowledge.

What are your future plans?

My future aspirations are to continue working with Network Rail and take all the necessary steps to become a Chartered Electrical Engineer.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?

It’s a great experience and definitely worth applying for, if you are looking to pursue career in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 

Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?

I’ve made lots of good friends both on and off my course and arrange meet with them whenever I can.