Emily Davis, Capital Projects Engineer here at Weetabix, talks to us about choosing a career in engineering, day-to-day life at Weetabix and staying active playing a variety of sports.
What’s your role?
I am a Capital Projects Engineer, based in the Central Engineering department. I get involved with all sorts of Capital Investment Projects, from work inside the factories to general site infrastructure.
How long have you been at Weetabix?
I have been at Weetabix for just over a year. I grew up in the local area and knew that Weetabix had a great reputation as a brilliant local employer. I always kept my eyes peeled for any suitable roles since graduating as a Mechanical Engineer.
What’s it like to work at Weetabix?
Weetabix has such a positive working environment – everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I love how important the product is to the business and have had numerous opportunities for development. I’ve been involved in large projects and a variety of work across both the Burton Latimer and Corby sites.
What do you most enjoy about working at Weetabix?
Being in the Central Capital team allows me to learn about all aspects of the sites including how my favourite cereals are made. I enjoy the variety of work that I get involved with and the support for my continued professional development.
Anything you’d like to share with us about your role?
My role involves Project Management which covers many aspects from providing technical input and reviewing solutions, to managing a budget and deadlines in line with business initiatives and planned shutdown periods.
Why did you choose to become an engineer and what were the major factors in your decision?
I have always been curious to learn how things work. At school I was very academic, interested in Maths, Science, and Technology and during my time in 6th Form, I worked on a project with a sponsor of the Gold Crest Award. I enjoyed the project so much that I investigated what type of role would be similar to what I had been doing and discovered this was Mechanical Engineering.
What’s the most important piece of advice you’d give to someone thinking of starting a career in engineering??
Go for it! Everything you use in your day-to-day life has been created by some form of Engineering. There are endless opportunities, with ever changing technology to learn about and get involved in.
What do you love doing outside of work?
I love being active and challenge myself in many types of sport, including CrossFit, running, cycling, and skiing. The Engineer/Scientist in me also likes to bake and experiment with new recipes.