Nick´s Story

Nicholas Lathwell Kingspan

Nicholas Lathwell
Reliability Engineer, North America

"Innovation is a big part of the culture, so if you’re thinking of joining us be ready to share new ideas!"

How long you have worked for Kingspan and what is your role?

I have been with Kingspan since June 2019 working as a reliability engineer. I also had the opportunity to intern at the facility for three months while I was studying for my degree in Mechanical Engineering. Around the time I graduated, they reached out and offered me a job as a reliability engineer, which I was very happy to take, as I really enjoyed my internship experience.

My current role mainly involves working with the machinery on site, doing investigative work if there’s a problem, and preventative maintenance work to prevent failures from occurring.

Looking at the historical failure data and information from the manufacturers of the equipment is an important aspect of the job, as it informs how often preventative maintenance needs to be performed on equipment. Critical thinking and working as a team is important to deal with the various situations that arise.

 

What do you most enjoy about your role?

I really enjoy the broad range of activities I am involved with every day, there are always new and interesting projects to work on. The priorities can change quickly on a day-to-day basis, and you have to be ready to adapt – it keeps things new and exciting. I enjoy working on projects that make a difference, that I can see are having a positive impact in the facility. Being able to see the direct results from your actions is very rewarding.

 

If you participated in the Yours to Shape Graduate Development Programme, can you tell me about that experience and what you enjoyed/appreciated most about it.

Participating in the Yours to Shape program was a fantastic experience. The programs were fun and engaging - you learn skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace. It was an eye-opening experience getting to know such a diverse group of people. I really enjoyed getting to know everyone and hearing stories about individuals from all walks of life. We all got on very well - everyone became friends from day one. It was also interesting to hear how other facilities operate, and to get a different perspective of the business.

 

We use the phrase “Planet Passionate” to describe our approach to sustainability and protecting the environment at Kingspan. What does it mean, or how have you seen it, in your role?

In my role I can participate directly in supporting Planet Passionate by ensuring that parts only get replaced when they reach their maximum useful life. Additionally, by identifying components that can be reused, refurbished, or repurposed helps to reduce waste and improve circularity. Keeping the lines running smoothly and efficiently also avoids wasting resources. This mentality is part of our culture – it’s always at the back of people’s minds when we are working on projects – how can we incorporate Planet Passionate objectives? What are we doing to support the vision?

 

Tell us about yourself, your interests, activities, achievements etc outside of work.

When I am not at work, I enjoy staying active: I play in two different hockey leagues, and I like to play both golf and disk golf. From a young age I have always enjoyed figuring out how things work and solving problems. I am always looking for something new to learn and explore. Whether it’s reading a book about a topic that I am interested in, researching and investing in cryptocurrency, or teaching myself how to yo-yo, I am constantly looking to understand and learn new things.

 

What three words would you use to describe Kingspan?

  • Forward-thinking
  • Expanding
  • Developing

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