By Jessica Leary. Westlakes Recruit
With over 16 years of experience working in the nuclear industry, Rose Roslan currently leads and manages a team of highly skilled commissioning engineers for major projects on the Sellafield site.
Rose is currently working on the SIXEP Continuity Plant, a billion-pound project to ensure continued availability of the Site Ion Exchange Effluent Plant, known as the ‘kidneys of the Sellafield site’.
The system treats effluent from the legacy waste storage facilities, removing radioactivity before it can be safely discharged to sea.
The addition of SCP will ensure this service can continue until 2060.
How would you describe your engineering experience and career journey so far?
I have always been into STEM. I started my career as a Radiometric Analyst, looking after radiometric equipment for Cavendish Nuclear while studying for my degree in Mechanical Engineering. After obtaining my degree, I joined the company’s graduate scheme before progressing to Mechanical Design Engineer where I worked on a few projects on Sellafield site. I then had an opportunity to join Sellafield and took on a role in safety case to gain new experience. After a couple of years, I was promoted to a Lead Engineer position within the commissioning & pre-ops department. I have been involved in the commissioning of numerous plants and facilities across Sellafield site such as Waste Transfer Route (WTR) and asset care programme for Magnox and MER. I absolutely love working in commissioning where no days are the same! One day I could be sitting in the office writing test documents and travelling abroad for works testing or working on plant next. However, in my current role, I am mainly based in the office, managing the team, work scopes and projects while also developing new talents. I’ve loved every minute of my journey in engineering so far, it’s been very challenging and exciting. It’s also very rewarding to know that I am helping to keep the site, people and environment safe & secure through the work that I do here at Sellafield.
What was your inspiration to begin the Sellafield Women in Engineering Network?
I was inspired to start the Sellafield Women in Engineering Network after meeting and working together with a small group of other female engineers who shared the same goal as myself. We were brought together by Eleanor Billson who is now a chartered Senior Project Manager at Sellafield to organise an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society. The event consists of inspirational talks from past, present and future role models and honest discussions about challenges faced by female engineers within the company. The event was a success such that we were awarded the Company Recognition Award for the year 2019. As a group, we wanted to take on board and help address the issues discussed during the event and that’s what inspired us to start the Sellafield Women in Engineering network.
What is the mission and hopes for the future for the Sellafield Women in Engineering Network?
Our mission is to help the company meet the Nuclear Sector Deal target of 40% female employment, help address the gender pay gap and help the company continue to become more inclusive. Building support networks and communities for female engineers to discuss their challenges and share strategies for success is crucial but we should also acknowledge that everyone in engineering needs to take responsibility for creating a positive working and learning culture that embraces diversity. Having women in leadership roles is key to making changes from the top down, but there are changes to be made on the ground as well. While we need to make sure young girls and women are encouraged into engineering, the environment also needs to be ready to accept them. Hopefully as more and more women enter the field, the attitude will change – but as individuals we need to be proactive in ensuring this happens.
What does diversity in the workplace mean to you?
To me diversity in the workplace means that a company recruits a wide range of diverse individuals. Diversity is often misconceived as solely multicultural matters. It also applies to diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, language, educational, background and so on. Diversity at workplace doesn’t just extend to hiring diverse individuals but also making sure that the participation of these employees is equal.
What advice would you give to individuals who would like to start an engineering career?
Firstly, find a mentor formally and informally and learn from your co-workers, be a sponge and soak it all in.
Secondly, embrace new responsibility. It can be intimidating to be given a role without much experience, but those chances are often fast track to developing skills, knowledge and gain the respect of your peers. When a challenging role with high level of responsibility comes available, jump on it. Just be prepared to put in the work.
Lastly, engineering is such a big field. Find and do something that you enjoy – success will follow.
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