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Spotlight: Chathuri Silva - Electrical Engineer - Worley

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

The hobbies I can never give up are reading books and buying new books. I like fictional, non-fictional books. I also enjoy space related books a lot.

Tell us about your career journey so far.

I did my BEng in electrical and electronic engineering and MSc in electrical power engineering at Northumbria university. I graduated in 2020 and in 2021, I joined Worley as a graduate electrical engineer. After 1 and half years at Worley, I got promoted to an electrical engineer l.

Since I joined Worley, I had the opportunity to work in not only inchemical projects, onshore wind projects but also in offshore wind projects. Sone of the projects I worked on are in USA, Europe and some are based in Asia.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

Mathematics and English. I love how once you understand the pattern, you can solve any question in maths. Its all about understanding, the foundation and from there onwards however you change the pattern, as long as you know the basics you can solve the question.

I love English because, it opened me the door to read more books from all over the world. I am originally from Sri Lanka so English is my second language.

What subjects/qualifications/skills are useful for your role?

Mathematics, Physics, and computer literacy.

My BEng and MSc are very useful for my role.

Also, skill wise team working skills, presentation skills, and leadership skills are very useful.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love how I can learn something new every day also how I can work on renewable projects as I am very passionate about sustainability.

What is a normal day in your role like?

I start work around 7:30am. The first thing I do is to check my emails and any meetings I might have. Sometimes it’s just one or two meetings, but on other days there are more.

On a day-to-day basis, I could be building electrical specification documents, or doing calculations, or working with drawings.

I normally break for lunch around noon and then I work until around 5:00pm. I enjoy my work so much that sometimes I forget to give myself a break, but I’m getting better at that now.

And what does your job title mean?

An electrical engineer might design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, machines, radar, and navigation systems, or be involved in the development of new power generation equipment such as wind turbines and wave power.

Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?

There are so many electrical engineering related activities you can do at home. One of the most famouse one is potato clock. 3 Ways to Make a Potato Clock - wikiHow

Interesting part of this experiment is you can, use different kind of wires, different kind of vegetable and fruit to see how the results change.


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