HM Inspector of Health & Safety: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Ngutor Orti studied Advanced Process Engineering at Loughborough University, graduating with an MSc in 2005. Here he discusses his passion for the course and the career that he has embarked upon since, most recently becoming a HSE Inspector.
Why did you choose to study for a Postgraduate qualification in Advanced Process Engineering at Loughborough University?
I wanted to enhance my knowledge to the master’s degree level and I felt that the Advanced Process Engineering degree at Loughborough University offered exactly what I required. The Chemical Engineering department was rated highly and the degree was also accredited by the IChemE, which was a good indicator of its quality.
The knowledge gained from the degree programme was of course very valuable but just as important were some of the other skills which included working together with my classmates to deliver results within set timeframes, improving my confidence, getting myself organised to carry out the necessary experiments and interpreting those results accordingly and technical report writing amongst others.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
Do it! You will have the opportunity to select a project/dissertation, make sure you choose something you are truly interested in and it can lead to so many other opportunities.
I also found the careers service very useful while I was at Lboro. They reviewed my CV and offered advice on improvements and when I secured interviews, they were available to discuss with me and help me prepare for the interviews.
Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, what impact did these have on your experience?
I was engaged with the international students’ association and helped in organising the international students’ day and I learned so much about the so many varied nationalities who attend Loughborough which really widened my horizons. To top it off, it was a very enjoyable students’ day.
I have been a process engineer involved in design, procurement and installation of facilities for field processing of oil and gas since I graduated from Loughborough University. I have had a number of roles with various levels of responsibility as a process engineer and then later as a project engineer. Most recently, I have joined HSE as an inspector.
Can you tell us more about your current role? What skills did you gain during your Postgraduate degree that are of use in your role now?
As a HSE inspector I am responsible for the regulation of offshore oil & gas production facilities in the UK to ensure and improve safety and improve management of safety. This is done mostly by inspecting the installations and the safety cases for these installations.
Some of the skills which are applicable are already listed above but for this role in particular, I think the ability to critically analyse information presented in safety cases and the findings from my inspections is very useful as well as report writing skills and computing skills which was improved at Loughborough.
Visiting different sites affords me a unique opportunity to meet different people and experience different ways of managing safety and I see very good examples of how it is being done effectively.