Winter 2019

Gemma, a first among equals

23-year-old Gemma Elliott has graduated with a first class degree in industrial engineering which she attained as part of her apprenticeship with JFN.

As an inspiration to women considering engineering, she was chosen by Shrewsbury College, where she studied for her degree, to feature on a campaign promoting the course.

Gemma joined JFN four years ago as a trainee technician after gaining work experience at at Trawsfynydd nuclear (decommissioning) power plant.

‘I found the electronics/mechanics mixed in with radiation detection science exciting but I never thought I’d end up being an engineer,’ she says.  

‘The fact that there are so few women working in the industry was a big drive for me to work hard and excel in my studies and on-site work.’

Now, Gemma travels between nuclear licensed sites (EDF and Magnox) calibrating radiometric equipment in radiologically controlled areas.

‘I get to visit multiple sites on a regular basis so I’m constantly meeting new and interesting people, training on new instruments and getting involved with new technologies/system upgrades,’ she says.

‘My job is incredibly varied.  On any given day I might be called on to calibrate or repairing radiometric equipment at one of our customer nuclear licensed sites. We use radioactive sources to determine detector efficiencies and if there’s a break-down I may need to interrogate the circuit boards on the equipment to diagnose the fault.

This kind of work keeps you on your toes – which suites me perfectly,’ she adds.

Search Pelican





DOWNLOAD LATEST EDITION

ARCHIVE

REGISTER

Other articles within Winter 2019

SAT-isfaction guaranteed

JFD set to establish a leading world-class closed bell saturation diving training cou...

Looking to make a splash at the water polo world c...

A young diver on the Subtech team in South Africa has been selected to play water pol...

Supporting projects in the Asia-Pacific region

JFSE is supporting the fast-expanding oil and gas and renewables sector in the Asia P...

Ship shape at Kismayo Port

Subtech Marine has successfully completed a complex and delicate salvage operation in...

Gemma, a first among equals

23-year-old Gemma Elliott has graduated with a first class degree in industrial engin...

Under the surface with: Heather Leadbetter

We meet Heather Leadbetter, a project engineer at James Fisher Marine Services who wo...

Windfloat turns to fenders

Fendercare Marine has been closely involved with providing fenders to ensure problem-...

Sampling the water of the Atlantic sinks

James Fisher’s recently acquired oil tanker, Raleigh Fisher, is conducting importan...

Powering ahead with switchgear at Winfrith

JFN has received praise from Magnox for reaching a key milestone in the on-going deco...

Pelican Christmas Message

A Christmas message from James Fisher CEO, Eoghan O'Lionaird.

Testing success on Ireland's M7 motorway

James Fisher Testing Services has just completed work on the major new M7 bypass upgr...

STOP PRESS Optimising performance at East Anglia O...

JFMS expands its close working relationship with Scottish Power Renewables, following...

Monitoring system measures up to the task on float...

The Strainstall team is supporting the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm ...

New contracts signal expansion in Brazil

Following the acquisition earlier this year of a 60% share in Brazilian subsea engine...

Top of the class for Alison Rumbold

After more than 14 years with the James Fisher group, Alison Rumbold is moving on to ...

In STEM we trust

Four sixth form students spent their summer on an internship with James Fisher Marine...

Supporting team spirit

Playing in all-new full team kit supplied by ScanTech Offshore has made all the diffe...

BACK TO TOP