Planning and delivering projects to the highest standards has always been essential for us at ENWCML, so the role of a CAD Technician is vital. It’s Lee’s responsibility to provide computer-aided design (CAD) support to the Design & Construction team. This includes processing designs for both LV and HV customer’s private network projects including electrical layouts, schematics, and civil engineering drawings as required.
We asked Lee some questions about his background and a typical day as a CAD Technician:
Name: Lee Fisher
Position: CAD Technician
What is your role at ENWCML: To produce detailed drawing designs for current projects and quotations
What is your past experience/background: My background is predominantly the design and build of LV-HV switchgear, including retrofitting old redundant gear with new gear. I served my time as an apprentice for P&B Power Engineering (PBSI) in Manchester a week after leaving school, where I gained my NVQ L3 and HNC via day and block release to training school and college. I went onto work for many other switchgear companies throughout my time and growing my knowledge, including Siemens, where I got to work on some incredible projects with them and later on with Balfour Beatty, where I was involved with 132kV & 400kV primary and secondary substation design. As well as being a high-level user of AutoCAD, I am proficient in 3D CAD solid modelling design.
What do you enjoy about the work you do: I enjoy working on projects I can see grow and change on screen. The reward for me is going to site to see the work you have been part of becoming a reality.
Is there anything that the industry must deal with that you can help to fix: Onboarding my 3D CAD skills will produce better visualisations on drawings to help allow the customer and engineers to understand the project better. Even at a tender stage, something like this would go a long way in helping to win the work.
Any previous work achievements which you are proud of: I am proud of all my work achievements as to how far I have come in a relatively short space of time. I have always worked hard and love to learn which links in with my achievements. I was proud of the 6MW Battery Energy storage system job I worked on in a previous role as this was modelled entirely in 3D.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and my two little Lhasa Apso dogs. I enjoy countryside walks, going to a nice pub for lunch/dinner and travelling. Myself and my wife are approved foster carers and are enjoying our fostering journey.