Kirsty McDermott

Kirsty McDermott | National Grid

Kirsty McDermott

I left school at 15 to study at college, but soon realised that this wasn’t for me.

I carried out a careers aptitude test which then identified that I would be suited to a career in engineering. So, I found a local training academy, that matched interests with a career. I did an advanced apprenticeship in Welding and Fabrication. I attended college part time and obtained qualifications in manufacturing engineering, whilst also developing skills in welding, sheetmetal and machining.

In 2012, I secured a place on the Gas Transmission Engineer Training Programme at National Grid, during which time I worked in the Engineering team and started a Foundation Degree in Gas Transmission Engineering. These both provided opportunities for me, including a technical lead role on National Grid's first Network Innovation Competition Project. Following my Degree, I was keen to continue my learning, and develop a specialism in an area which interested me; Welding. National Grid supported me to commence an MSc in Welding Engineering.

I have had a range of roles, ranging from Project Management of Innovation Projects, to Quality Assurance on Construction Projects.
I am now a Senior Welding Engineer in the Engineering and Asset Management Team. My key areas are around Welding and Materials, ensuring that National Grid and our contract partners comply with the requirements for construction on our assets.

I am considered a Subject Matter Expert for Welding and Materials, my knowledge, experience and support is key to providing assurance to the business to ensure the assets we construct are safe and reliable. National Grid is responsible for the supply of the UK energy. My team is a key part of that chain and we are involved in the UK asset pipeline integrity, in terms of construction, maintenance and compliance with company, national and international standards.