Celebrations for graduate before training starts for gruelling adventure challenge

Shaanan Smith (22) from Fraserburgh graduated with a MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering with Merit from Robert Gordon University’s School of Engineering on Friday 7 December.

Shaanan SmithThe talented engineer has not only secured himself a graduate position with a world-leading oil and gas firm but is set to begin training for Tough Mudder 2013, one of the world’s most demanding obstacle course challenges.

From a young age, Shaanan was always fascinated by how things work which led to an interest in studying engineering. During his second-year, he gained work experience at Maritime Development Ltd in Peterhead which cemented his pursuit of a career in this field.

Shaanan comments: “I’ve always been interested in the mechanics of engines and cars, and I’d rather go karting or watch F1 than football any day. One of my lifetime ambitions is to do a lap of the Nurburgring or a Gumball Rally with my friends before I reach 30.

“Now that all the coursework and studying is done, I plan to hit the gym as much as possible to train for Tough Mudder in August 2013. I’m going to have to be at peak physical and mental fitness to brave the challenge.”

Shaanan was joined at his graduation by his grandparents, Ian and Morag, who supported him throughout his studies.

“My grandparents stuck by me all the way through my studies, even when I fell ill with a nasty case of the mumps right before my final exams. My granddad also helped me with my first year maths work!

“My dad and stepmum have also been very supportive, taking me away on the occasional holiday for a break from studying.”

In his third-year, Shaanan secured a placement with GE Oil and Gas, a world leader in advanced technology equipment and services for the oil and gas industry, and has since been offered a full-time role with the company as a graduate engineer.

He added: “The work at GE so far has been very interesting and engaging. My role comprises getting involved with the in-depth design and technical knowledge of the company’s subsea products.

“As I’m on the company’s graduate scheme, I get to work in almost every department for the first two years to gain an appreciation of the company’s processes. I have also been enrolled onto the Monitoring Professional Development Scheme which works towards attaining Chartered Engineer status.”


Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
Tel: 01224 262206
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