Sam's story - EASL

I only decided to go to university at 24 years old to study Mechanical Engineering, via a foundation/refresher course. After graduating in 2020 with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Liverpool John Moore’s University, I went straight into a position at EASL as a Graduate Engineer. After 1.5 years I was promoted to Engineer and have been given the position of H&S Manager alongside my duties as an Engineer.


From my initial outside perspective, EASL appeared to be a small company which was employee focused and was working on challenging technical issues related to commercial nuclear power. I thought working at EASL would offer an opportunity to make a difference in the UK energy sector and potentially I would be involved in the process of developing and implementing commercial fusion power.

A typical day at EASL

As an Engineer, I can be tasked to assist with small parts of many different tasks, but also take a leading origination role for larger tasks (duration lasting for several months or more). A typical day at EASL is largely working independently, whether that is in the office or at home (with an occasional site visit which can be a day trip or a week away). Depending on the task I am working on, I may attend a number of meetings during the day or may talk about any task-related issues with other Engineers. I would say in general 40% of my time is spent working on calculations (i.e. reading standards, creating/running spreadsheets, creating/running FE etc.), 40% of my time is spent writing technical reports to accompany the technical calculations and the remaining 20% is spent in client meetings, carrying out H&S management duties and training.

Biggest challenge so far

Joining EASL at a particularly busy period, from day one I was working on tasks that challenged and stretched my ability (based on my university knowledge). This kind of challenge is exactly why I decided to become an Engineer and I enjoyed the experience.

The best thing about working for EASL

From a technical perspective, EASL gives Graduate Engineers the ability to prove themselves from day one. You get exposure to a large variety of technical tasks and start to develop your technical skillset straight away. Everyone has time to answer your questions and explain difficult topics when you ask.

From a lifestyle perspective, flexible working hours are great. It means I can generally choose when to start work (between 7:30 and 9:30), provided I work 7.5 hours each day. This means if traffic is bad, it never matters if I arrive at the office later than I first planned (provided there aren’t any prearranged meetings).

Also, my colleagues at EASL are a great bunch and very easy to get along with.

Where would you like to take your career in five years?

Continue working on my training and gain qualifications to work with simple and complex FE, fracture assessments, piping design and working well on my way to gaining chartership with the IMechE.