Our people make it possible

Wood has a fast-paced and challenging work environment which will keep you busy and learning continuously. This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that the people are friendly and always willing to help!

Zara Zaheer

Graduate design safety engineer

Reading, UK

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Making the world a safer, cleaner and more sustainable place


Art, nature and new places

Tell us about your role at Wood

I am currently a graduate design safety engineer at Wood and work within the THSE (Technical, Health, Safety and Environment) department. Having thoroughly enjoyed my degree in Chemical Engineering. Combine this with a strong desire to make the world a safer, cleaner and more sustainable place, it felt like a natural choice to apply for the role. In technical safety, it is our responsibility to make sure that the processes being designed are inherently safe, not only for operational personnel but for surrounding communities too.

When you reflect on your career at Wood what makes you most proud?

In the short time I have worked here, I have been fortunate to have been exposed to different aspects of what THSE does and the department’s role on a project. I am currently doing some work with environment on air dispersion modelling to make sure that the air in the surrounding environment is safe to breathe. This is something that stands out thus far and along-side this, I have been able to issue my first calculations, which is a nice little achievement for me.

What would you tell your friends about working at Wood?

The fact that we have the flexibility to pave our own path as young engineers. We’re not put into a box, but there’s overlap with other disciplines, so we have the chance to become well-rounded engineers that understand what other disciplines do. There is even potential to gain experience in those fields if desirable – hence we can tailor our career paths with help/guidance of more experienced professionals.

What excites you about your future at Wood?

Wood is at an exciting stage. There are a lot of changes going on at the moment but it’s exciting to see them all happening and see how everything is being harmonized to make wood stronger as a company. Personally, I am excited to be on more projects and build up my experience within the energy industry. I think it will be a great milestone to become a chartered engineer too.