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Apr 2018
How DBD's Graduate Scheme helped to develop my potential
From Graduate to Today: Robert Dallas, Lead Process Engineer - Different By Design
How DBD\u0027s Graduate Scheme helped to develop my potential
DBD's graduate scheme helped me reach my full potential and it was almost coincidence that I ended up on this path. I studied Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and completed my degree in June '12; in May '12 DBD had contacted the University to notify students that they were currently recruiting. I eagerly applied for the position of Process Engineer and proceeded to forget all about it thereafter until I was contacted in August '12.

DBD brought me in for an interview with the Principal Engineer, the Head of the Graduate Scheme and the Head of Accounts - despite being a little nervous the interview went well and I was offered a job. I officially began working with DBD in November ‘12.

As soon as I started, the team at DBD gave me the opportunity to gain a wide range of relevant experience. For example, in my first year I worked on a variety of projects: bidding for work on fusion projects, working face to face with major Clients, and delivering my own packages of work. This was certainly a challenging responsiblity for a young Engineer but, one which I'm grateful for as it has increased my confidence in my own abilities and capabilities.

After being accelerated off of the graduate scheme early, I have had the good fortune to work on a range of different projects throughout the years:

  • I’ve presented to and gained approval from internal stakeholders and regulators for technical papers supporting legacy silo decommissioning plans.

  • I was process lead on a £400k fusion R&D project, interfacing directly with government funding organisations and meeting with manufacturers to plan manufacturing.

  • I’ve lead optioneering studies on some of the nuclear industries highest hazard facilities, both domestic and international.

International Business Development - Asia
How DBD\u0027s Graduate Scheme helped to develop my potential
Working at DBD has also allowed me to gain experience outside of Engineering:

  • I supported the Head of Asia Business on a business development tour to Japan and Taiwan. I presented on DBD’s capabilities at the Tokyo UK Embassy and the TaiPower headquarters in Taipei.

  • DBD support my active participation in the Young Generation Network (YGN), enabling me to be part of the organising team and to attend the hugely successful 2017 ENYGF.

This combination of experience and support from the DBD management has enabled me to complete my Chartership application which, I’ve now submitted and had accepted by the IChemE, with an interview to follow later this year.

I'm now entering my 6th year with DBD and I am looking forward to taking on new challenges that will continue my development and progression within the company.
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