What’s your name, job title and employer?
My name is Glenn O'Reilly and I’m the substation design engineer for ESB
What are the main tasks you do in your job in a normal week?
My job involves electrical schematics and preparing and issuing electrical schematics for substation projects and design project management, so coordinating different disciplines such as civil engineers, electrical engineers and telecoms engineers and the third main thing I do is safety. Different safety aspects such as design risk assessments and preliminary health safety plans for substation projects.
How did you get into your job?
In college I done electrical engineering the DIT (TU Dublin) so towards the end of my degree I applied for the ESB graduate program and then when for the interview and I was successful with that application. During my electric engineering degree as well I done the ESB undergraduate placement which involved me going and working in ESB for six months and I suppose that gave me a good taste of what ESB had to offer and how the office worked and how the job worked.
What advice would you give to a college student?
The advice I would give to my younger self or any other graduates at the moment would be to get involved in activities that will help your career such as any other jobs that might be relatable or help develop your skills.
What skills do you need to be successful in your role?
The main skills to succeed my role are good communication, ability to work in a team, good organization and the ability to work under pressure and dynamically. While in college I got to develop my communication skills and the ability to work in a team as well as working in retail throughout college. Problem-solving skills and working dynamically was sort of developed when I started the grad program and the training that ESB provides help you develop those skills.
What do you love about your job?
My favourite thing about working in ESB is working in a fast fast-paced, challenging environment. I like thinking on my feet and problem solving and getting to work with order like-minded people.