First six months as a risk engineer – Karl Sitzler

First six months as a risk engineer – Karl Sitzler

Upon graduating university and beginning my job search, I have to admit that the field of safety and risk management was not front of mind. My studies tended to focus more on design and implementation, so the first six months of my career at R4Risk has involved a lot of on the job learning. Luckily for me the team at R4Risk have been incredibly warm and welcoming, making my transition to a new field very smooth.

The first project I was introduced to at R4Risk involved toxic vapour dispersion modelling for the purpose of reviewing a gas detection system. I thoroughly enjoyed the project and quickly realized how impactful the work at R4Risk can be, in terms of helping clients improve their safety systems.

The second project I was involved with was as a technical scribe to a Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) workshop. This project in particular made me realise how much I have to learn in terms of how clients operate, and the skills required to be a competent risk engineer moving forward.

I have also had the opportunity to be seconded on site to a soil treatment facility. While on site, I assisted with the development, documentation and refinement of the safety management systems elements associated with the facility’s operations. This was an opportunity to learn first-hand the experience of site operations and apply this to my future projects.

To date my experience as a risk engineer at R4Risk has been challenging but very enjoyable. I have been given the independence to handle a significant responsibility in the projects I have been involved in but have always felt very supported with adequate and relevant training. I look forward to continuing my growth as a risk engineer with R4Risk in the future.

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