Chris Davy is something of an electrical, instrumentation and control systems (EIC) expert here at Engenium having worked in EIC engineering on mining and infrastructure projects for the past 30 years. Get to know more about Chris Davy’s role at Engenium, what made him decide to become an electrical engineer and what he likes to do in his spare time in this month’s quick chat interview.

What is your role at Engenium?

My role is the Principal Electrical, Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineer. It’s a technical role which also includes management of the EIC team. As a principal I am responsible for the technical review of engineering and drafting designs, statutory reviews, client liaison, recruiting, mentoring and development of team personnel, preparation of tenders and proposals and some project management.

What are your areas of speciality and expertise?

I have a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Diploma in Project Management and have spent 30 years working in mining and infrastructure for both mining companies and engineering consultancies.

I consider myself to be an all-rounder. In general, I have broad exposure across electrical, instrumentation and control systems design, with both brownfields and greenfields projects.

I am particularly interested in less common electrical equipment such as gearless drives, cycloconverters, and electrowinning rectiformers that are specific in purpose and also complex.

In the last few years I have taken on more people management responsibilities. There is always more to learn and improve on, but I really enjoy seeing young engineers and designers become leaders, and hope I contribute in some way towards this.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have direct or indirect involvement in almost all of Engenium’s Perth office studies and projects that include electrical, instrumentation or control system design, as well as some of the electrical work from our other offices. This currently includes a process plant expansion, a pilot plant, design work required for a major shutdown, and multiple brownfields projects throughout Western Australia.

What do you enjoy about working at Engenium?

Engenium is an organisation that is making the time and effort to improve individuals, teams and the overall business in general rather than just accepting the status quo. Change is important. The Directors are open and approachable, which allows Engenium to be nimble and respond quickly to client needs. The work is diverse across many clients and industries.

What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?

According to my parents I always wanted to be an engineer, even from an early age. I like engineering and problem solving.

I initially enrolled in mechanical engineering, but changed to electrical engineering because I had started building electronic circuits as a hobby and really enjoyed that.

What is something you love to do outside of your work life?

I love spending time with my wife and our pets.  I love watching and listening to sport, particularly AFL and cricket. I also like reading, keeping active, going to musicals, trips to the Margaret River area, eating out at cafes, red wine and coffee.

What makes you laugh?

Spending time with family and friends, comedy musicals and witty TV shows.

Who inspires you?

People don’t have to be famous to be inspirational. I get inspiration from my wife, and I can be inspired by someone I meet, something I read or see, even a passing comment, or a line in a movie or TV show. Life is full of interactions and there is something you can take from most things.

What is your favourite quote?

Friedrich Nietzsche - “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”