Susan Jennifer Traill

Graduate Electrical Engineer, Arup

Susan, who studied Architectural Engineering in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society, now works as a Graduate Electrical Engineer at Arup.

What appealed to you most about Heriot-Watt University when you made the decision to come here?

The University’s fantastic reputation in the engineering sector and the high graduate employment rate for the engineering disciplines.

How has your degree programme prepared you for a career?

My degree programme was very specific, so it prepared me well. For example, in our fourth year
we had a design project which involved working with structural and civil engineers, quantity
surveyors and planners, as well as architects from Edinburgh College of Art to design a group of
buildings. It was a really great experience that provided us with an insight into the politics and pressures involved in working in the construction industry.

What would you say to prospective students considering Heriot-Watt as their first choice of university?

Heriot-Watt has really good links with many different industries and often you are given the
opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of your degree programme. It prepares you for your career, no matter what field you study in. It’s also an amazing place to meet a LOT of really great people.