A Catch up With… Lee, Associate Engineer

Article posted on: 18th September 2020

Six months into life as a Chartered Engineer we catch up with Lee Philbrock, Associate Engineer as he shares the best advice for someone currently completing their chartership. He also reveals the most satisfying part of his job and which two world-renowned engineers shoes he would most want to live in. Who could it be?

  • Finish this sentence ‘The most satisfying part of my job is’
    The most satisfying part of my job is being able to learn new things every day! For example, over the past couple of years I have been working closely with an MMC contractor developing various build methodologies using Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs).


  • What would be your dream project brief?
    Multi storey building with steel exoskeleton. For an Engineer it is satisfying to see your work on display, and for me it gives more context to a building when you can see the structure expressed. A great example being the Centre Pompidou, Paris (which I am yet to see in the flesh). (See photo 1).


  • If you could live in the shoes of any world-renowned engineer for a year, who would it be, and why?
    It would be two! Orville and Wilbur Wright were ahead of their time with aerodynamic design.  Their sustainable approach was to concentrate on aerodynamics over propulsion. (See photo 2)


  • What’s the most helpful advice you have been given (in life or career) and what advice would you give to someone currently completing their chartership?
    Do not let the pressure of work get to you, there is always another day.  The chartership process can be daunting, so be organised by collating IPD evidence as your career progresses and treat the exam as another day in the office.


  • Describe your perfect Saturday
    It has got to be spending time with my family. A typical Saturday would involve getting up early to manage my sons U10 football team, followed by a trip to the beautiful North Norfolk coast.  Our favourite spot being Blakeney where the kids enjoy crab fishing and Dad can have a well-earned beer (the wife driving of course 😊).


  • Future trends – what changes do you see/would you like to see in the industry over the next 10 years?
    I would like to see even more apprentices coming into the industry. Having completed an apprenticeship myself, I fully appreciate how beneficial an apprenticeship can be.  My apprenticeship involved practical studies such as site training and working within a steel fabrication workshop.  Although full time studies can have an element of industry placement, I don’t think this quite compares to the experiences you gain during a 5/6 year working apprenticeship.

Photos 1 & 2 source: Google Images.

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