Tasos' story - EASL

I graduated in Greece with an MEng in Civil Engineering, initially considering that I would work on building design or retrofitting. Then I studied for an MSc in Structural Engineering at the University of Manchester to experience how engineering is taught at a top-ranking university in the UK.

Towards the end of my Civil Engineering degree, I developed an interest in more component-focused Structural Integrity. I decided to follow this field after I managed to secure a scholarship for an experimental PhD in Material Science and Nanotechnology. This further enhanced my desire to work on Structural Integrity.

Why EASL?

While finishing my PhD, I considered that I would prefer to try the industry in order to enhance my professional skills and better understand how Structural Integrity is applied on large projects. While searching for related jobs, I found the job advert for EASL engineers and the job description included a great variety of topics in Structural Integrity. Due to my multi-disciplinary background, I considered that I would be a great fit as I could work on varied technical fields instead of only specialising in one.

A typical day at EASL

At the beginning of the day, my first action is to check my emails. Subsequently, I check my notes to assess the progress and next steps of the tasks in which I am involved. I am likely to be involved in more than one task so I would plan my actions based on priority. Those actions include numerical modelling, calculations, email communication (with clients or colleagues) and verification of a report or calculation package. As EASL’s Quality Assurance Officer, I audit QA procedures and suggest improvements.

The best thing about working for EASL

The biggest advantage is that I keep working on tasks that have new Structural Integrity topics to learn and different methods to apply. While this experience continuously increases my knowledge and skills, it also provides a fresh and constant challenge. I always have great support from my mentors and I genuinely feel that my colleagues are keen to help with my professional growth.

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

I would like to acquire more experience in Structural Integrity and expand my knowledge in topics such as Numerical Modelling and Fatigue, Fracture and Crack Growth Assessments. Also, I would like to improve my project management and offer preparation skills. Hopefully I will have attained a chartership, most likely with the IMechE.

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