Meet Rock Power Connections' Design Team
Rock's design team are kept busy with the constant influx of new projects, producing ballpark quotations, assessing design solutions, producing CAD layouts and quantifying project costs.
However, working on projects at the tender stage is only one side of the coin. Won projects require full design packs for approval by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs), then construction drawings and right through to as-laids. The team are involved in the project through from the initial enquiry to the final commissioning.
No two projects are ever the same, and the team have a wealth of experience working on different commercial connections and upgrades, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and apartment developments. Projects for the design team can range from a simple supply from the Low Voltage (LV) network to large load demands with multiple substations spread over a site.
The designers can be faced with the challenge of a basement substation, right through to the giddy heights of apartment developments over 20-storeys high.
We caught up with the design team to get an insight into how the team has developed over the past six months.
WHAT HAVE THE PAST SIX MONTHS BEEN LIKE FOR THE DESIGN TEAM?
Rob: “ It’s been brilliant, I’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve had a really high level of enquiries coming in; even higher during the lockdowns, but I’ve really enjoyed the challenge. We’ve seen great diversity In the projects coming in and it’s allowed us to extend our scope too; installations requiring LV panels and changes to EV charging, from single chargers to hubs. It’s been great to find new solutions and constantly expand the services we offer.”
Rob, who has been with Rock Power Connections for over 6 years, is a qualified electrician and originally worked on the distribution network installations before doing a stint as a Project Manager. This gives Rob a really good understanding not only of the theoretical design but also of the practical installation on site.
Some of the team are just starting their HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering, supported by the business. The course is available as online learning and can fit flexibly around their day job. We were able to catch up with Joe about his thoughts on studying for his HNC. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT STUDYING FOR YOUR HNC?
Joe: "I'm really excited; it's great to be learning something where I can see the direct application. It's a flexible way to study - the online resources are great, and we have a long time frame to complete the course so we can go at our own speed, doing a few hours in the evening or on the weekend. It's all coursework based and already having experience of live projects really help; we have the direct experience of how it is applied as opposed to learning it from a theoretical perspective."
AS WE ENTER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2021, WE ASKED THE TEAM WHAT THEY ARE MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS.
Carwyn: "I'm most looking forward to completing my HNC in Electronics, and generally gaining more insight within the field. I think, to be part of the design team, it's important to be always willing to learn and develop your skills. That's one of the thrills of the job, especially as everything we do is so varied."
In the first quarter of 2021, Rock Power Connections has welcomed a steady flow of fresh faces to the team, each bringing a new, exciting perspective to the team. Kennedy is the latest addition to the team, and boasts a decade's worth of experience in designing new connections from the Low Voltage and High Voltage networks.
We caught up with Kennedy to find out about his first few weeks at Rock.
HOW HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR FIRST FEW WEEKS AT ROCK? HOW HAVE YOU FOUND JOINING THE TEAM REMOTELY?
“I am into my second week of employment with Rock Power Connections and I have been massively impressed with my new colleagues who have been so welcoming and helpful when settling me into my role.
"Even in the short amount of time I have been at the business, I have found out from the team the real variation in projects Rock undertake, and I am thoroughly looking forward to getting stuck in to help Rock uphold its status as one of the UK's leading ICPs."
We also spoke to Hubaib, who joined Rock Power Connections back in 2016 as an apprentice studying Business Administration. Hubaib took responsibility for the incoming enquiries and producing ballpark quotations. Hubaib’s next step is as a trainee tendering engineer, learning CAD.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT OFFICIALLY JOINING THE TENDERING TEAM?
"It's great to be working for the tendering team where I can now implement the technical knowledge I have gained since working with Rock Power Connections into drawings. I have been with Rock for 5 years now, and have obtained a lot of knowledge from my previous position as an admin staff. To be chosen for the tendering role feels amazing, and I am excited for my progression in becoming a tendering designer."
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THE ROLE?
"One of my personal objectives in this role is to further develop my technical knowledge of electrical installs and further understand the technicality part of electrics, alongside drawing pretty pictures of substation installs."
Overall, the past six months have been a busy time for the design team, with the next six months heavily focused on building on the team's current skills, offering training and continuing to grow their capacity to support the increase in demand.