A Day In the Life Of a Senior Engineer

In our “Day in the Life” series, we continue to acknowledge the diverse skill set and talent our employees bring to the day-to-day running of Penspen.    

This month, we meet Nicholas Dorrian, our Senior Engineer based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Name: Nicholas Dorrian

Role: Senior Engineer

Team: Asset Integrity

Office Region: United Kingdom

Hi Nicholas, how would you describe your job? 

I would describe my job as interesting, with no two days quite the same. I get to blend established rules and principles laid out in standards with exciting new innovations, to provide the best possible solutions for our clients. 

What is it about Asset Integrity that led you to specialise? 

It’s best to work on something that you are passionate about, and I can find a passion for saving lives. Asset Integrity done right prevents life-threatening releases. I also enjoy the variety; no two similar events or projects are exactly alike. 

Is there a particular project you’re especially proud of?  

There are many projects that I’m proud of. Currently, I’m excited about the implementation of API 581 on a virtual platform. I can see the importance of such an endeavour and will be excited to see it in use. 

Do you feel Penspen has supported your progression and growth as an engineer? How? 

Penspen has definitely supported me! I was particularly interested in pipeline integrity, identifying it as an area for improvement within myself. I have been given the PDAM (Pipeline Defect Assessment Manual) course and the PIM (Pipeline Integrity Management) course.  

I have also been given the opportunity to work with pre-eminent experts in the field. The time I have spent working with them has been invaluable, their impressive knowledge in the field has helped me learn new things. 

Finally, could you tell us a fun fact about yourself? 

I’m an avid Munro walker! My favourite so far is the Buachaille Etive Mór, it’s truly a majestic walk that I recommend to any budding Munro walker. 

Thank you, Nicholas. 

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