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Spotlight: Katrine Black, Renewable Energy Consultant at Wood


Tell us a fun fact about yourself


I have cycled from Lands End to John o'Groats.


Tell us about your career journey so far


At 16 I started an apprenticeship with an oil and gas consultancy as a draughts(wo)man. It was a very interesting, early education into office life and the energy industry. I stayed there for nine years and studied Mechanical engineering part time, progressing from NC to BEng level. I eventually left to do an MSc in Civil Engineering which involved a work placement. I set out to get some renewables experience and did my placement with a small scale wind and solar installation company. That experience really helped in setting me up for my current role at Wood, where I've now been for two years.


What was your favourite subject in school and why?


At 16 I started an apprenticeship with an oil and gas consultancy as a draughts(wo)man. It was a very interesting, early education into office life and the energy industry. I stayed there for nine years and studied Mechanical engineering part time, progressing from NC to BEng level. I eventually left to do an MSc in Civil Engineering which involved a work placement. I set out to get some renewables experience and did my placement with a small scale wind and solar installation company. That experience really helped in setting me up for my current role at Wood, where I've now been for two years.


What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?


At 16 I started an apprenticeship with an oil and gas consultancy as a draughts(wo)man. It was a very interesting, early education into office life and the energy industry. I stayed there for nine years and studied Mechanical engineering part time, progressing from NC to BEng level. I eventually left to do an MSc in Civil Engineering which involved a work placement. I set out to get some renewables experience and did my placement with a small scale wind and solar installation company. That experience really helped in setting me up for my current role at Wood, where I've now been for two years.


What is your favourite thing about your job?


At 16 I started an apprenticeship with an oil and gas consultancy as a draughts(wo)man. It was a very interesting, early education into office life and the energy industry. I stayed there for nine years and studied Mechanical engineering part time, progressing from NC to BEng level. I eventually left to do an MSc in Civil Engineering which involved a work placement. I set out to get some renewables experience and did my placement with a small scale wind and solar installation company. That experience really helped in setting me up for my current role at Wood, where I've now been for two years.


What is a normal day in your role like?


At 16 I started an apprenticeship with an oil and gas consultancy as a draughts(wo)man. It was a very interesting, early education into office life and the energy industry. I stayed there for nine years and studied Mechanical engineering part time, progressing from NC to BEng level. I eventually left to do an MSc in Civil Engineering which involved a work placement. I set out to get some renewables experience and did my placement with a small scale wind and solar installation company. That experience really helped in setting me up for my current role at Wood, where I've now been for two years.


Suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?


There are a number of activities aimed at understand wind power and the industry within the STEM resources and other places that can probably be done from home such as:

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/26486/wind-power

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/33064/wind-turbine-role-play

https://learning-center.homesciencetools.com/article/wind-energy-science/

https://4-h.org/about/4-h-at-home/wind-energy-experiment/


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