A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A NUCLEAR MATERIALS ENGINEER
My career _____1_____ a planned one in any way. At school I was athletic; I ran and played badminton to a high standard when I was young and always thought my career would be a sporting one _____2_____ I suffered an injury during my teens. The rest of my family was academic; my father was an aerodynamic engineer and my mother a mathematician, _____3_____ my sister studied geology.
At the age of 16, I attended a Women in Science and Engineering careers week with school, just to have a look at what was available. This helped me decide that _____4_____ I really wanted to do was an engineering degree, so I chose to do a BEng in materials science and engineering at Liverpool University, and then went on to do a PhD.
My PhD looked at auxetic polymeric materials. No one _____5_____ of them: they get fatter as you stretch them, _____6_____ is very novel, and at the time there were only a handful of researchers in the world working on these. The PhD started my interest in polymeric materials. Towards the end of my PhD I _____7_____ two research roles, and ended up taking a job with British Nuclear Fuels Limited at the Company Research Laboratory (CRL).
During my time at CRL I _____8_____ on secondment to the Sellafield site in Cumbria, which then turned into a permanent position in the research and technology materials and inspection group. During this time I became a chartered engineer and a full professional member of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining. I now head up one of Sellafield’s Centres of Expertise (CoE): I am the CoE lead and subject matter expert for polymeric materials. Recently I _____9_____ as a fellow of the Institute of Materials.
I definitely don’t have a “typical day”. I sometimes have a plan, but _____10_____ stick to it as much of my work is responsive to situations which are transient. The range of things I can get involved in is huge and includes specifying materials for use in challenging environments, new plant designs and decommissioning activates.
RATHBONE, Penny. Adapted from: The Guardian. A day in the life of a nuclear materials engineer. Disponível em: <https://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2016/jan/22/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-nuclear-materials-engineer>. Acesso em: 22/06/2017.
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