We spoke to Lewis Harrison, Electrical Technician with AECOM

Can you describe your role in a few words?

I am a member of the Rail Electrification and Power Engineering team, and my role involves creating designs for the railways for Network Rail.

What were you doing prior to your Apprenticeship?

I was an apprentice at an electronics company, manufacturing LED circuit boards for avionics and other military services.

What was your perception of the industry before you started your apprenticeship?

I have always been interested in the engineering sector, but I didn’t really have any knowledge of the construction and design elements of railways.

What interested you in joining AECOM?

I’ve been interested in electrical engineering and wanted to do it on a larger scale which led me to the rail industry.

What are the key things you’ve learnt so far in your job?

  • CAD software
  • Railway electrical equipment
  • Electrical circuit drawings

What is the most exciting part of your role?

I really enjoy carrying out on site surveys on the railway.

Have you worked on the HS2 project through your apprenticeship?

I have not directly worked on HS2 myself however I have assisted others on designs.

What would you like to do after completing your apprenticeship?

After my apprenticeship, I would like to further my electrical engineering knowledge within AECOM as I am enjoying working in the rail industry.