So let’s cut to the chase… What is your role at Viscose?
I am a Chemical Engineer placement student in my final year of university, working on a variety of projects throughout this year at Viscose for several days a week.
So professionally you would be known as a Chemical Engineer, is that right?
And do you have a clear goal of what you’d like to continue as after university?
I’d like to be Project Engineer or a Project Manager within an Engineer focussed business.
Which departments have you been working in?
Film and Cellulose. Well I say film, it’s the inks for printing.
Tell us more about that…
Dion my manager mixes colours specifically for clients which can be difficult to make. I’m helping to standardise the ink mixing process by detailing12 base colours. For example if there was a green which was 99% yellow and 1% cyan, then if 40kg of paint was required, the ratios can be quickly worked out.
Are there any difficult parts?
The thing is, colour is subjective to each persons individual eye. I could see a colour as more green than another colleague, and Dion has told me that women see a wider colour spectrum of colour than men, unless their eyes are trained for it. So what we are trying to do is standardise these colours so that there’s less scope for variation between operators.
And why is this whole process important, why do the inks even need to be mixed?
The colours we work with are customer specific, so by mixing the inks, it allows us to create colours exactly to the customer requirements. By standardising them it allows us to replicate these colours systematically for future orders.
So, mixing ink is fantastic, do you have any inclines on what else you’ll be working on here?
Cellulose is what I will also be working on next, helping to developing Cellulose for wider markets, I’m looking forward to that!
So go on then, tell us your typical day here to date…
Well I get in at 8am, say Hi to Dion, Steve, and Rose if she’s in.
8-9.30: I will read notes from the previous day.
9.30: I will go down to mix inks on the production floor. I have to wear the full workshop kit for this, boots, goggles, earplugs, the lot. This can take anything from two hours to the full day.
Other afternoons, I do H&S risk assessments with Rose which is great to learn because it helps with my degree.
4pm: I clock off, I drive so I head home in my car.
So tell us a little about your Masters Degree…
I’m in my final year, almost at the end! My favourite module is Biochemical Engineering. This basically looks at the enzymes you’d put into washing powder, cells that are used for cancer research. It’s the real life application that appeals to me.
And the people, are they nice to you here?
Well, apart from the fact that I feel obliged to say yes, I would still say that I love it. I’ve been welcomed so well, and everybody is so friendly. My friends ask me how it’s going and I feel very happy to tell them how nice it is, it’s been a great start!
Your biggest moment in your career to date…
I recently won an award for The Best Chemical Engineer from a year in Industry, for the company Imperial Tobacco, that was pretty cool, and I didn’t expect that as I hadn’t actually had a technical year in Industry.
Tell us a little bit about anything personal you’d like to share…
My family is from Nigeria, I have a brother and a sister, they’re both younger than me. My family is full of intellects, in our family we have judges, doctors, lawyers, one of my uncle’s worked for NASA, and then there’s me…
And how about hobbies………
I love drawing, painting listening to music. I go to Ragga Jam dance at university. For an engineer I have quite an artistic side.
If you were put on a desert island and were allowed up to three things…
Is it sunny there? (Yes of course) A solar powered iPod and food.
Your favourite Ice-cream?
I’m a Vanilla girl, Cornish style, very thick and creamy!
And if you were to be a Superhero…
Storm (No hesitation). She’s just powerful and has cool hair.
And so where did it all start? Take me up to now in your life in any way you want to tell me…
What brought me to here was my degree, what brought me to my degree was my A-levels, what brought me to my A-levels was my Chemistry teacher. She had such a passion for Chemistry and helped me figure out that that’s what I wanted to do, she was so inspiring.
Thank you Seki, it’s great to get to know you more, and hope you have a lovely day in work!