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Naomi Orr

Naomi Orr
Fleet Standards Engineer, Fleet Engineering
Engineering Graduate Programme
"Participation in the Engineering Programme assisted me in achieving my Chartered Engineering Status and in doing so, I became the youngest female Engineer in Northern Ireland to do so."
What is your current role and where did your Translink journey take you?
I am a Chartered Engineer with 11 years' experience in Railway Engineering. As the Fleet Standards Engineer I am responsible for the development and on-going review of standards and management systems relating to the NI Railways train fleets and associated Engineering activities.
I am also responsible for the training and competency assessment of all NI Railways Fleet Engineering staff and the oversight of the implemented safety, quality, environmental and engineering management system.
Previous roles have included working as a Project Engineer and Testing and Commissioning Engineer managing the testing of the Class 3000 and Class 4000 fleets prior to service introduction.
What qualifications do you have?
I obtained a BEng (Hons) Engineering with Mechanical Specialism & Diploma in Industrial Studies in 2002 through UUJ.
What skills do you think are most important in your role?
You definitely need to be logical and an analytical thinker. There is a degree of database and statistical work involved in my role and you always need to be precise and accurate to reduce any margins for error.
Good communication skills are also essential as I am often responsible for training employees and need to ensure safe practices are adhered to. As with all engineering projects, good organisation and multi-tasking skills are required due to the wide range of tasks I undertake.
Translink has excellent opportunities for those seeking a career in operations, engineering, clerical or management.
Translink offers a Graduate Training Programme for our Operations and Engineering Graduate Training Programmes
How has your background helped you in this job?
I completed a BEng Degree in Engineering at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, with a focus on both mechanical and electrical engineering. This included a placement in Northern Ireland Water's mechanical and electrical design department.
I graduated in 2002 and started in Translink that September as a Graduate Engineering Trainee, where I was able to participate in a Professional Development Scheme delivered through the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). This provided me with structured training including different placements and offered a fast-track to achieving Chartered Engineering status in 2007. In fact, I was one of the youngest Engineers in Northern Ireland to achieve Chartership. I was appointed to the position on Technical Engineer after three years in Translink and, in 2005, I took a years' career break to travel to Australia where I worked for the Perth Transport Authority, gaining more valuable experience in the field.
What training is required to do your job?
An engineering degree is essential and Chartership is very desirable as it's recognised internationally. With my heavy involvement in the New Trains and New Trains Two Projects I regularly liaise with our Spanish supplier CAF and have completed a Spanish language course through Translink and the TSSA union. I have also completed Personal Track Safety (PTS) and Track Safety Coordinator (TSC) training.
What are the biggest challenges in your role?
Certain aspects of engineering projects can be slow and tedious and you need to be prepared to overcome setbacks and learn from experience. Cost efficiency, safety and risk limitation must be top priorities at all times but, fortunately, the mechanisms and necessary expertise to maintain these standards are in place, ensuring our5 projects can be delivered on time and on budget.
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