Meet the Team Monday

This Monday we introduce you to Patrick Smyth, a Principal CE&I Engineer, who for 6 years offered his services to NWP and then became a staff member 1.5 years ago.

25 Aug 2021

“At school I always leaned more to physics and maths. When I undertook an Electronics GCSE, this led me to decide upon Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queens University Belfast. Following my graduation, I applied for a position on the BNFL Graduate Scheme at Sellafield and was accepted onto their programme. It was from there my career developed into what it is now. I’ve dipped my toe into Oil and Gas and Chemical industries, but my experiences in the Nuclear Industry has flushed out the majority of my professional career right from the beginnings on the West Cumbrian Coast. 

As a Prinicpal CE&I Engineer, My role currently has predominantly a safety focus with the application of the engineering safety standards IEC61508 or IEC61511 to mainly nuclear projects. Design delivery, assessment and liaising with the client to ensure all safety criteria are met and delivered in accordance with project and regulator requirements. 

I have enjoyed the variety of projects I have been placed on over the years with NWP. While all within the nuclear industry, there has been a real difference of application, each with its own often unique challenge. It has also allowed me to learn from a wealth of different engineers, both within NWP and on the client side, while developing my own knowledge base for use in the future.  

NWP has always had such a sustained positive attitude toward its workers. I had initially encountered NWP on the Client side with SL, so already knew some of the guys when I joined in 2015. But since then the friendly but focused attitude is a breath of fresh air. Likewise, I have learned a great deal from the knowledge base within the organisation.  

One of my most interesting career experiences was actually outside of the Nuclear Industry when I worked as a Project Engineer for a firm that designed and installed trace heating. The project itself involved working for 6 weeks in Valetta shipyards on the island of Malta. I was to design and install a system on a large submergible barge and many hours were spent either in the office at the dock designing, or crawling round the bowels of the large ship measuring and creating isometric drawings from sight. It certainly gave me an experience not only of interacting with clients in a different country, but it was also a challenge at times to “think on your feet” as the design timescales were tight and parts of the pipework were not yet installed for the design to be laid on.  

When I’m not chasing after my 2 young kids, I am a keen runner, skier and cyclist. I enjoy sport on the TV like many do, notably football, rugby or GAA. I have a love of attending major sporting events and have had the pleasure of getting to, among others, the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, a few Ryder Cups, Euro2012 and most recently this year, the F1 British GP at Silverstone. However, my real passion is the sport of Ice Hockey and have been an avid follower of the Belfast Giants in the UK Elite League for over 20 years. For the last 15 years I have presented and produced the Belfast Giants own Official Podcast, which has also afforded me very interesting trips as one of the clubs media representatives, both domestically and into Europe as part of Ice Hockey’s equivalent of the Champions League.” 


We hope that you have enjoyed getting to know Patrick. He is a lovely individual who always has a positive attitude and a smile on his face! Catch you next week with another one of our amazing team! 

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