Jennifer Gilleece
Jennifer Gilleece
Telecoms Project Engineer, Network Rail
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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I am Irish and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering from university in Ireland. I now live and work in England, UK. I work with Network Rail, who own and operate Britain’s rail infrastructure. I originally joined through the engineering graduate scheme in 2005 and am now a Telecoms Project Engineer where I manage the engineering elements of Telecoms renewals and major infrastructure investment projects. I work on all elements of railway telecoms - this includes equipment at stations such as CCTV and PA and systems used in the running of trains (like telephones, cabling and radio systems) so I get lots of variation and am always learning more about the different technologies. I also get to meet and work with lots of different people and in different places around the country. I love being an engineer! One of my most challenging projects so far was being the principle engineer on the renewal of a PA and fire evacuation system in a major London station. In my spare time I enjoy crafts including knitting and cake decorating. I also enjoy reading and making jigsaws.

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  • Indrani, MSRIT/INDIA

    Added Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    I am presently doing bachelors in civil engineering, but I am highly confused about what to take up in masters. Actually I don't want to be in engineering field. So can anyone suggest which branches or jobs engineers can go for if they don't like technology or they want to get rid of it...
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    Jennifer Gilleece, Network Rail
    Answered Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10:11 AM
    Hi Indrani,
    Engineers can work in many many fields in addition to doing engineering. An engineering degree teaches people how to be logical, systematic, creative, work in a team, how to consider risk and a whole host of other characteristics that are ...
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  • Taylor, Port Angles, Washington

    Added Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    My name is Taylor. I am in the 5th grade and thinking about becoming an engineer. A lot of men say that engineering is a guy thing and I strongly disagree. Do you have any advice? What college did you go to? I want to go to Texas A&M. How old where you when you decided to become an engineer?
    Answers 1
    Jennifer Gilleece, Network Rail
    Answered Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM
    Hi Taylor,
    My first advice would be - absolutely disagree with men who say engineering is only for guys! There are a lot of wonderful female engineers out there, you just have to look at this site to see lots of them. There are a higher number of men ...
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  • Steph, Bristol, England

    Added Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 4:46 AM

    Hi, I am currently a 23 year old Design and Technology teacher within a secondary/high school in England. I studied Educational Studies throughout my college and university life so have no qualifications as such in engineering. I have an undergraduate degree in education and a teaching postgraduate degree. Carpentry and CAD/CAM have always been a hobby of mine over the past 5-6 years. I teach the basic principles of an engineer within lessons so I have basically taught myself the knowledge ...
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    Jennifer Gilleece, Network Rail
    Answered Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 4:46 AM
    Hi Steph,
    What about the Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme?
    You get food and accomodation for the 20 week residential in the first year, ...
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