Meet the Engineers: Louis Fifield
Why did you choose Building services?
Building services is an area of engineering that is not so well known to the general public. I found out about building services from my uncle who was an electrical buildings services engineer, he told me about the interesting projects he worked on, this inspired me to look into the area for myself and I found that it was an area which would be interesting to pursue a career.
What was your route into Building services?
In my first year of University, I studied Aerospace engineering, then after spending summer with my uncle, I changed over to mechanical engineering, in my final year project, I focused on Low carbon buildings. At the same time, I was applying for work experience at different engineering consultancies and was privileged to be offered a placement from Buro Happold. I spent the summer there working as a student building service engineer and an opportunity was opened up for me to do some further study in the London-Loughborough centre for doctoral research in energy demand.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I am currently in my second year of a four year program of research, where I am looking at reducing the energy demand in hospital buildings, the thing I like most about my role is making the regular visits to the hospitals where I can learn firsthand how building services are operated in a hospital environment.
What are your future plans and aspirations?
My first aspiration is to finish the challenging program of study which I am taking part in. After this, I do not have any specific plans, I am open to different opportunities which may present themselves at the time, there may be the possibility of continuing in the academic field, or even working in Low carbon engineering consultancy. In either case I would like to work towards becoming a full members of CIBSE and a chartered engineer, working in the area of hospital buildings.
Why do you think it is important to be professionally qualified, i.e. EngTech (Engineering Technician), IEng (Incorporated Engineer), CEng (Chartered Engineer)?
From the small experience I have had in the industry, I have seen that being a qualified engineer opens up the door to many different opportunities of work, like being able to work abroad, and the chance to get promoted faster.