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Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Des Lalor is a Wind Engineer for ESB. He is responsible for providing technical expertise in all aspects of wind monitoring, wind farm design and energy yield assessments.  Des holds a Bachelor degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, a Masters degree in Wind Energy and is also a chartered engineer.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

The main career decisions I have made so far are doing a Masters in Wind Energy and moving to ESB in 2010.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Paul Deane, a former classmate in UCC.

How did you go about getting your current job?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

I applied to an advert via a recruitment agency. My experience at the time was a good match for the role required.

Describe a typical day?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Its split half and half between the people side and the technical side. Yesterday for example, I spent the morning working with a team on their yearly goals and I spent the afternoon getting up to speed on some of ESB plans regarding Solar energy.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

• Team management
• Designing wind farms and conducting cost benefit studies
• Buying wind turbines

What are the main challenges?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Energy projects including wind farms take years to develop. It can be many years before you see the fruits of your labour. Also, you may work a lot on a specific project, but it may not go ahead for various reasons.

What's cool?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Working on Stephens Green and also getting on well with work colleagues.

What's not so cool?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

IT problems.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

I have good interpersonal skills and Im comfortable with numbers.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Maths, English, Irish, Physics, Tech Drawing, Geography, French

What is your education to date?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

I have a Masters Degree and Im a chartered Engineer.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

My research Masters was great. It was very enjoyable, I learned a lot and it benefited me with my career.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Building a team from a low starting point to the point where everybody is making a great contribution and enjoying their work.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Im fairly positive, I enjoy my work and am interested in it. Im very interested in people and how to bring out the best in them.

What is your dream job?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Id like to combine my interest in energy with my interest in development work.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Yes, I have a little girl and another baby on the way so work/life balance is very important. I work from home one day a week.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Go for it its a great job.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

• Diligence and attention to detail
• Ability to get on well with people
• Good problem solving abilities

What is your favourite music?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

I saw a guy playing the hang and didgeridoo on holidays it sounded great.

What is your favourite film?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

The last king of Scotland.

What is your pet hate at work?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

No milk in the fridge for my tea!

What is your star sign?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Leo

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Yes, I do ongoing training I dedicate about 5% of my time to training.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

Any engineering consultancy work would be good as there is a lot of overlap between the different disciplines.

What is your current job title?

Des Lalor, Wind Engineer

I am a chartered Engineer.

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