Verity Coleman - Interbusiness and Through Process Specialist
I work in Tata Steel’s Port Talbot site and have had the opportunity to get involved in a range of process improvement programmes during my time here. I work with teams on a number of product lines and aim to identify any aspects of the process where there is room for improvement. So it’s about working backwards from issues or discrepancies in final products to unpick the process and identify how we can improve consistency and quality. Specifically this has seen me undertake extensive audits and reviews of all areas of the site to get to the bottom of issues around weight discrepancies in our end products. I’ve also co-ordinated an extensive batch testing regime for groups of coils supplied to a high specification for a customer that makes tubes. This involved working across a cross functional team to understand how this testing could be applied within a very tight manufacturing schedule...Read more
Mayuri Hargest - Process Specialist
My experience as part of the Tata Steel graduate programme has really broadened my professional perspective. The projects that I have been involved in have varied greatly. Some have been really hands-on in the plant and others have been largely office based. All have been really challenging. The diversity of work forces you to work outside of your comfort zone, and though this can be a little intimidating, I think it’s a good thing for your professional development. Once you realise that you can step outside of what you know and adapt your approach to new settings, your confidence grows and you can become a more versatile and multi-skilled individual...Read more
Owen Jenkins - Process Technology Specialist
I’m based at the Port Talbot site but have also had the opportunity to work at our Llanwern Hot Strip Mill. Since joining Tata Steel I’ve been able to work on projects that involve some really cutting edge technology, and it’s been immensely rewarding to make a personal contribution to complex and high value initiatives. These have included commissioning and validating an x-ray strip thickness gauge in the Llanwern Hot Strip Mill that enables us to control the profile of rolled steel to incredibly precise detail. I’ve also helped to introduce the use of infrared filming and temperature measurement in continuous casting, which has seen us working with partners to develop new software and systems. Projects like these are fantastic opportunities to take what I’ve learned in an academic setting and apply it in real life. But I’ve also had to learn plenty of new skills very quickly too and that’s part of the challenge...Read more
Viren Sohal - Business Purchasing Manager
My role on the graduate programme has given me fantastic opportunities to work across the business, not only across the UK, but also at a global level. It’s enabled me to start to build my own professional network, both within and beyond Tata Steel. Being able to move around between departments has been key in doing this, and this also enables you to quickly develop an excellent understanding of the different parts of the business. I’ve been working on integration projects that promote a more consistent approach to supply management across different areas of the Tata Group. I’ve relished the chance to take personal ownership and accountability for key tasks on complex projects and it’s been incredibly rewarding to achieve recognition at the highest level (CEO) for work that you’ve done...Read more
I studied Aerospace at University and had thought that was the career for me – until now. I hadn’t really realised what was possible in the steel industry. Before I came to TATA Steel I thought it would be about general manufacturing and so not for me. I’ve got ideas and like to change things which is why this role became of real interest and opened my eyes to a new world of opportunities.
I’ve only been here a short while – but it’s really lived up to my expectations and much more - challenging me in ways I hadn’t thought of. We’re looking at the root causes of problems so that we can make improvements to our systems, processes and communications...Read more
The steel industry is embedded into the community that I come from – as they say “steel runs through our veins” – so I’ve always been interested in it, and I’m very much enjoying being a part of it. I studied a BEng Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea University.
I’ve been here a couple of months and already know that the work I’m involved in is making a tremendous impact. I’m really enjoying the responsibility and feel like an integral part of the Mini-Transformation team...Read more
Samantha Bird - Junior Automation Technician
For me, one of the most valuable things about apprenticeships at Tata is the very rounded nature of the training: I received a robust mixture of structured learning, on the job training and personal development, and the skills I have developed during my time with Tata will stand me in good stead for the rest of my professional life...Read more
Hazel Jones - Technical Apprentice
My role allows me to develop a really thorough understanding of the products that we make and to develop my understanding of metallurgy, iron and steel. I’ve spent the last three months working in the Production (Spectroscopy) Lab and the next part of my programme will see me moving on to our Analytical Lab. So the programme is designed to give me practical, hands-on experience in a range of settings – so I’m confident that my understanding of steelmaking can only grow as I work through my apprenticeship...Read more
Ewa Komincz - Higher Technical Apprentice
I am currently in my first year of the Higher Technical Apprenticeship Programme, so I am still in the early stages of my career but I have already learned a great deal. Right now I am working within the secondary steelmaking department, which means we work with molten steel to add materials or put it through additional processes to affect the end product in different ways. This enables us to fine tune the composition of the steel and to meet more specific requirements and tailor the steel for different uses...Read more
Cameron McGleish - Mechanical Apprentice
I’m currently part of the Tata Steel Mechanical Apprentice programme, based at the Basic Oxygen Steel Making (BOS) Plant in Port Talbot. It’s a four-year programme that’s got a strong emphasis on practical experience gained by actually doing the job, but also undertaking formal training to gain qualifications relevant to the role. When I’m on site I generally shadow an experience mechanical craftsman, so I’m always working with people who can share their knowledge and expertise with me. And the company is sponsoring me to study an HNC in Mechanical Engineering so I’m learning a lot and getting the chance to put it into practice. I’m grateful for the opportunity to further my education and gain formal qualifications as I know they will enhance my career prospects in the future...Read more
Sion Morgan - Electrical Apprentice
Right now I’m in the midst of the final year of my apprenticeship and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve learned a huge amount and have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with some highly experienced and knowledgeable people. Developing new skills in a practical environment really suits me and I’ve relished the opportunity to learn from those around me... Read more
Adam Bannister - Scientific Fellow
"The variety of the work is the best thing about my job, typically ranging from urgent customer issues to longer term projects on offshore pipelines, and often there are major cost and structural safety implications."I work mainly on fracture and fatigue prevention, life assessment of structures and fitness-for-service. There is no shortage of surprises in terms of in-service and fabrication demands customers place on our products such as extreme low temperature service, impact loading and high stresses. Development of methods to enable accurate assessment of these is a key part of my job. The expectations on the assets Tata operates are also increasing, hence it is essential to prevent failures by understanding potential degradation mechanisms and making best use of the latest prediction and inspection techniques.
Sharing good practice both between hubs and across sectors is also one of my roles, a challenge in such a large and diverse organisation; a fatigue issue solved for an earth-mover can often be used to benefit our own plant, but a view of the wider picture is needed to enable this.
In my spare time I mainly head for the mountains, climbing, skiing or mountain-biking. There is plenty of scope for these in the UK but I try to get out to the Alps as often as I can and am (slowly) trying to tick off of all the 4000m summits. Alpine climbing has some similarities to my work- you do your best to plan ahead but you need to be flexible as there is always something unexpected around the corner.
Marcel Schilder - Research Assistant
I find my job very attractive because it is variable and remains versatile. At one time I may for example perform precise analyzes, may interview a client or do literature research to gain specific knowledge of a topic. Analyzing and resolving customer issues by means of specific simulation equipment is what I like. It feeds my job satisfaction the most. Sometimes that leads to a patent. Happened to me twice. Experience and understanding can grow with the years but there is room for development, and that is what I receive back.
In my spare time I also love to be versatile. Some hobbies of mine are motorcycling, kayaking and doing odd jobs. In doing these jobs I use every conceivable machines such as welding equipment, grinders, drills etc. I try to keep an open mind for possibilities, think logically and without a negative bias. With this in mind I can tackle any problem, and it almost always leads to a nice result.
Louisa Carless - Researcher
Working abroad and learning to adapt to another culture is one of the great perks about working for an international company like Tata Steel. I was lucky enough to be seconded to the Netherlands, where I work as a researcher in the Automotive Applications Department. I started my career as a graduate trainee in Port Talbot and after three years transferred to the labs in IJmuiden.
In my current job I plan, analyse and present research work for a range of Tata Steel business units. One field of my work is assessment of the tribological performance of surfaces and coatings, with the aim of optimising friction and wear in our customers’ forming processes. I am also involved in measuring the hardening and deformation behaviour of sheet metals in order to provide accurate material data parameters for forming simulations of car body panels. A sideline of my job is being involved in the communications and PR for my department and assisting with the internal R&D Magazine.