Rachael is a graduate trainee surveyor at Lloyd's Register
Name & Professional Registration
IMarEST Membership Status (Student, Affiliate, Associate, Member or Fellow?)
Role and organisation
Graduate Trainee Surveyor, Lloyd’s Register
Summarise what you do in one sentence
Conducting inspections, surveys or examinations of marine vessels to assess, monitor and report on their condition and the products on them, as well as inspecting any damage.
Which organisations have you worked for previously?
Summer internship with Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea
Describe a typical workday
My day varies extensively depending on my location and the type of work. For my first two years with LR I have been travelling a lot, maximising the scope of work I get to witness. I have had the opportunity to see new construction, existing ship work and structural plan approvals. When working on new construction most of my day will be spent conducting surveys on-board vessels at various stages of construction and witnessing machinery trials, with part of my day in the office for paperwork and planning the next surveys. When doing existing work a lot of my day can be spent travelling to the vessel or on the vessel depending on the scope of the survey. When in the plan approval offices, my main role is to check the structural integrity of vessel designs before they are approved for construction.
Describe your academic/training history and how you got to where you are today.
MEng Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, University of Strathclyde
What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
Multi-tasking, decision-making, analysis and problem solving, teamwork, planning and organising, communicating and influencing.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Personally, I really enjoy the practical nature of my work. I love being able to spend part of my day out of the office in a yard or aboard a vessel. The practical nature of it I believe perfectly complements the years at university, especially if you prefer practical-based learning. You are continuously learning, there is always a challenge, it never gets boring.
Describe a typical career path to your current role. How does this differ to your career path?
I think my career path is quite typical. In high school I picked the subjects that I most enjoyed and thought were important or interesting: maths and physics being the two big ones. I then decided to go to university and picked a subject that incorporated both my hobbies and academic abilities. I wanted to do engineering because I found maths and physics easier than languages and the other sciences. I loved to sail and felt Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering would nicely combine my academic strengths and my love for the sea. After obtaining my degree I got a job with Lloyd’s Register on their Graduate Scheme and have spent the first two years travelling and trying to gain as much industrial knowledge and experience as possible. I am now working my way towards applying for Chartership with the IMarEST.
Which professional journals and organisations help you keep up to date with industry news?
IMarEST journals, RINA journals and Lloyd’s List