Intern Spotlight | Eleri Murphy

By Protolan

Engineering Project Management Intern, Eleri Murphy

At Protolan, we are proud to offer graduates the opportunity of practical, hands-on project management and engineering experience within the food manufacturing industry. Eleri is currently 3-months into her Industrial Year Placement from the University of Nottingham, studying MEng Chemical and Environmental Engineering. We caught up with her to find out their experiences so far on the Protolan team. 


So, Eleri, how are you enjoying Protolan?

“I’ve had a great time working at Protolan since I joined the company in September! No two days are the same and the learning opportunities are endless. From working on future projects, to solving day-to-day operational challenges with the highly experienced team on site, I couldn’t recommend the placement opportunity at Protolan highly enough. I’ve really been made to feel like a valued member of the team”.

And what are some of the challenges you’ve found so far?

“It’s very different from working with ideal data at university to using real time data on site – sometimes, it is challenging, but I really enjoy it and I am always open to learning new things. The various competencies the Protolan team offers to improve my knowledge is invaluable. My placement in Project Engineering Management at Protolan matches my career goals for the future and gives me the opportunity to contribute to live projects”.

What are you looking forward to learning more about?

“I’m really enjoying learning about the fundamentals of project management in the food manufacturing sector and can’t wait to see what opportunities I’ll have and challenges I’ll face next!”

Eleri, what are you passionate about?

“Being a woman in Engineering encourages me to strive for excellence and not let working in a male-dominated industry deter me from this. I believe I have a responsibility to promote women in the industry and engage aspiring girls and young women, something I hope to continue to do throughout my placement as a STEM Ambassador”.

Tell us a little about some of the projects you’re involved in at the moment with Protolan…

“The project I’m currently working on is at a Vegan factory, which I joined during the equipment installation and commissioning stage. This involves upgrading the manufacturing processes within the factory, with the objective to increase automation whilst maximising profit and efficiency. Throughout this project I’m constantly improving my communication and interpersonal skills whilst working in an interdisciplinary team, as well as becoming more proficient in the use of AutoCAD. I’m also involved in several feasibility studies within the factory, looking at what future projects are achievable and the associated costs and programme timescales. This is giving me a better understanding of the procurement of equipment and ensuring the scope of work produced is up to the standard the client expects”.

Lastly, what are your plans post-Protolan?

“After finishing my masters next year, I’m looking forward to putting my theoretical knowledge into practice and helping to solve real-world problems in the food manufacturing industry!”.


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