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Sophie Paveling — Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance Engineer

Name: Sophie Paveling
Job title: Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance Engineer
Employer: Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP)
Qualification: GCSE, BTEC L3 Diploma in Engineering, HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NVQ2, EAL NVQ3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance, EME Engineered Systems – Working towards finishing my HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Salary Range: £21,000 - £50,000

Give a description of a day in the life of an Electro-Mechanical Maintenance Engineer.

In this job, every day is different. Every day brings a new challenge and new opportunities. I chose to go down the route as a shift engineer that focuses on machinery breakdowns and project work. We get allocated lines that we have to ensure are working to the correct speed and producing top quality products; if the line goes down we have to get it back up and running. One filling machine fills and seals 2,000 cans per minute, so every minute that the machine is down – counts!

How did you end up in this job?

I love engineering. I grew up doing car renovations/restorations and programming (raspberry pi, Arduino) this then progressed into wanting a career in this industry. I thought a job in manufacturing would challenge me more and give me more opportunities to widen my progression routes to management role.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing this career?

Research the job properly and ensure that the path you are about to choose is the one that is right for you. I originally wanted to become a car mechanic full time. I did a 2 week voluntary work at a garage and realised that it was more of a hobby than a career route. I then found the love for programming and the form of engineering in manufacturing. I am now working towards the route as an automation (Siemens 7, Rockwell, SQL) and electrical engineer. There are many forms of engineering, make sure you choose the right one, or choose a company that will adapt their approach to get the best from you; Coca Cola did and I’ve discovered my future through them.

What was your starting salary?

My beginning apprentice wage was £13,000. This wage increases every year by 20%.

How long have you been doing your job?

I have been working for CCEP for 3.5 years now; this is my final year as an Apprentice and will be fully qualified in the next few months. I then have another year left at college completing my HND.

If you could give your 16 year old self some career advice, what would it be?

Never think that something is ‘impossible’. Dedication and motivation will make you reach and exceed the goals you once thought you couldn’t achieve.  Opportunities are everywhere, keep searching and you’ll find the one that suits you.