- The mind behind the project
What inspired you to pursue a career in Infrastructure and Mobility sector?
I have been connected to the railway world all my life. My grandfather’s profession (rolling stock mechanic) and that of other family members (engineer, level crossing keeper, track technician) have been a clear influence in my decision to dedicate myself to this sector.
What got you interested in Sener?
My first contact with Sener was through an external company. I came from another sector and wanted to get into the railway field. During the time I was working for Sener as an external company, I got to know what kind of projects were being developed in-house: highly technical, multidisciplinary, relevant and international. I thought that to continue learning and growing in this sector, working at Sener was a great option.
What business area do you belong to and what do you do on your day-to-day?
I am currently in the Infrastructure Integration discipline and in particular within the RAMS sub-discipline (initials for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety). RAMS engineers ensure that the most complex systems (such as railways) are developed in accordance with a series of processes in the different phases of the life cycle, in order to achieve optimum service and safety parameters. Being a transversal discipline, I have the opportunity to interact with different people and teams in each project (and I always learn a lot!).
What has been your progression since you joined Sener? And what are the most outstanding projects you are currently working on?
In my early days at Sener I was involved in installation and interior design projects for rolling stock. Later I jumped to the Integration discipline, where I have been participating in several railway projects (although also in some non-railway projects -for example, the RAM studies for the new retractable turf system of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium). In addition, last year I was combining my usual activities as RAMS engineer with the general coordination of the YTP (Youth Talent Program), a program dedicated to improving the experience of Sener’s young talents. The project I highlight is the Edinburgh streetcar extension, which we have been working on since 2019. It is currently nearing completion, having successfully passed the testing phase (some of these tests we had the opportunity to witness in situ).
All my life I have been connected to the railway world because of my grandfather’s profession and other relatives…
How do you think the projects you work on influence the current/future world or society?
For some time now, railroads have been recognized as one of the key points to be promoted as part of the decarbonization strategies in the field of mobility. I believe that our work contributes to this transition to achieve a sustainable society model.
How do you keep up to date on knowledge and general trends in your sector?
By reading articles, attending webinars and also taking courses.
I believe that our work contributes to this transition to achieve a sustainable model of society.
In your opinion, what distinguishes Sener from its competitors?
I would highlight two things. One, which I mentioned earlier, is the type of projects we undertake. The other aspect I would highlight is the facilities offered to our employees to continue learning and growing professionally, whether in the form of courses and training, scholarships, international mobility, among others.
What new challenges do you see yourself working on in the medium term?
Projects in new locations, with different regulatory/normative frameworks and methodologies, which contribute to broaden my knowledge of best practices in the sector. Also to be able to participate in projects and developments that incorporate new technologies (for example, railway systems with hydrogen-powered trains).