Engineering profile: Michael Apanisile

Mechanical Engineer Michael Apanisile joined us through our graduate scheme

Michael joined our graduate scheme in 2016 and now works as a Mechanical Engineer on our Scunthorpe site. Here he shares his experiences...

What was your first role with British Steel and what has been your journey to your current role?

I started with British Steel in September 2016 as a graduate engineer. Joining the business as a graduate takes you round different sections of British Steel on a 6-monthly rotation.

My first rotation was at Scunthorpe Rod Mill where, in simple terms, we take casted steel from our Continuous Casting plant as blooms, heat them up and then roll them into specified sizes of coiled rods ready for sale.

My experience at the Rod Mill was intriguing as it me gave me a practical experience and appreciation of the basics of mechanical engineering as well as an insight into general day-to-day maintenance. I also had the opportunity to contribute to the department by carrying out projects set out by senior engineers.

My second rotation was at the Central Power Station – Energy Operations where I remained for a year as a graduate engineer. After this I was offered the position of Mechanical Maintenance Engineer.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

The Central Power Station is key to the business as we use up-works arising gases to provide steam and electricity for our site.

My day-to-day role is to make sure that all the mechanical equipment in the station is reliable and delivers the expected quantity of steam and electricity required for site. To do this, I manage the mechanical team, ensure we’re working to Health, Safety and Environment standards, plan for overhauls, provide solutions to breakdowns and implement projects to improve the plant. There is never a dull moment!

Why do you enjoy working for British Steel?

Working for British Steel has given me the opportunity to be good at what I am passionate about, engineering!

Looking back over the years, I’ve gained so much experience and confidence in engineering challenges. Also, you work with amazing people at British Steel who become like family to you, like my line manager.

For me, these reasons make me come to work and enjoy what I do.

What advice would you give to other people considering a career at British Steel?

For graduates and apprentices, I think a keen attitude and commitment to work are key. If you bring this with you, soon enough you will gain the knowledge and experience to make you feel confident about your career.