Why did working at Method appeal to you?
General advertised tasks matched with what I wanted to do. But most importantly the ability to carry out tasks in all departments was what interested me the most as I was undecided on what it was exactly that I wanted to do prior to being a graduate.
Emphasis on the graduate programme meant there would be lots of other people joining similar to my age.
Reading about projects on the method website/looking through the gallery. I looked at those and thought “I want to work to develop buildings like that too”.
Allowed me to join a profession which utilised the skills I learnt during my Physics degree.
What happened at your interview?
I was interviewed by two engineering partners (Antony and Gordon) over teams, and this lasted approximately 90mins. I was asked to present a presentation on a subject of my choice, and I chose to do this about my final year dissertation topic. After the presentation there was a chance to talk a bit about myself, the role I was applying for and the company, and ask any questions. After this I was presented with a series of situations where I had to use what I had learnt about thermodynamics to solve them.
Main responsibilities / Typical day
For the first year it was mostly learning about the industry, and learning how to complete tasks, as well as getting experience with other departments. Within a couple of months, I was attending meetings and perhaps at the 6 months mark I started to attend meetings alone. Each day is completely different with some days attending meetings/visiting site, some days I could be doing calculations, some days completing drawings or having days where I am doing all of the above. Now a year in I am completing most tasks independently and helping to start to mentor a new graduate in my team.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I like that each day is different from the last. Each project is completely different and requires different solutions to problems. There are so many tasks we have to complete as engineers which means that the job is not repetitive. Its nice that we are encouraged to get experience with other departments as well. I like that some days I could be attending a site visit as it is a lot easier to learn when seeing services in real life. I like that departments are encouraged to work together as this allows for more efficient working, as well as encouraging a great office environment. As well as my engineering role there is also opportunity to help out the company in other ways if wanted, i.e helping plan summer/Christmas parties, taking a role in the staff council and organising events. Having the staff council reps means that there are frequent events we can attend (sports, meals etc.)
There is a lot of information to learn in a small amount of time, and we are given large responsibility almost immediately after starting as graduates. It took me a long time to be confident in the work I was outputting and be confident sharing this information with colleagues and design teams.
Skills/qualifications learnt at University that you use in your job?
General maths skills are needed for an engineering role, and content from thermodynamics has been helpful. There are some equations from various other subjects which I have applied to help solve problems as an engineer. Generally, presentation skills have been very useful as you need to be a confident speaker in meetings. I have used coding skills to produce some automated excel spreadsheets which has made completing some tasks a lot easier. General computer skills have been helpful as I can complete tasks much faster than my doing them by hand.
Training you receive as part of your job
The initial graduate days help to teach us what each department does at Method and how Method conducts their tasks. After these, pretty much every day will involve some sort of training. Each new task you complete you will be shown how to do by a more experienced member of your team. We are given time to research new concepts in the workday, so we fully understand them. Each member of your team will help you with your daily tasks. There are a lot of tasks which may involve you to use different software’s. Some people understand these more than others, and even if they are not a part of your team, they will be more than happy to show you how they operate. As well as this, there are also weekly CPD’s and webinars which we can attend to help further our knowledge.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
When I first started at Method, I was not sure of what I wanted to do. Now just over a year in I can’t see myself being anything other than a building services engineer. I’d like to become an expert in the field far in the future, but I know this will take a long time.
Your piece of advice to anyone thinking of going into building services
It’s okay to come into the job with no knowledge or experience in building services. You can learn a huge amount of information in a short time but you have to want to learn it/enjoy learning it. There is a lot of legal responsibilities included in this role and so you need to be confident in learning and implementing these in your tasks. You also need to have confidence with public speaking, as you will regularly attend meetings and site visits. Building services engineering is an extremely rewarding role where you can learn so much about how buildings are made, sustainability guidelines, and building regulations, as well as learning lots of different pieces of software. This is a role which relies heavily on collaborative working so be prepared to spend a lot of time going through your designs with various parties. You can use your strengths to your advantage in this role; I enjoy design & art and get to use these skills in some of my tasks. Overall, if you are looking for a challenging and rewarding role, with lots of responsibility and opportunity to learn and work collaboratively, you have a background in engineering/physics, and which involves completing a vast range of different tasks then becoming a building services engineer would be perfect.