Christopher Scanlon MIEAust CPEng NER has been working as an engineer since 1993 in Australia and internationally, recently attaining Chartered status.
Chris has a wealth of experience in safety systems and risk management, having managed numerous design and construction projects, including power stations and oil and gas platforms, through to government infrastructure projects, such as hospitals and substations, and residential, industrial and commercial developments.
Q. What is your current job title and function?
I work in maintenance engineering as a Senior Services and Support Systems Analyst for Ausgrid NSW.
Q. Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
Technical Lego and the 100 in 1 Electronics Kits were the hock at a young age. It is almost a calling, then a realisation that you may have the “knack” to being able to create and develop a vast range of very cool things.
Q. Why did you decide to become Chartered with Engineers Australia?
I delayed my Chartered journey, advocating that we need to set a date when Chartered status will be set as the minimum expected standard for government, major design and high-risk projects.
I still hold this belief, but unfortunately I was unable to wait any longer as CPEng qualifications are internationally considered the professional passport for engineers. I believe that Chartered is the status that all professional engineers should seek to obtain.
Q. Why are you an Engineers Australia member?
If you consider yourself to be a professional engineer, it is the only way to go. Engineers need to be a formative voice to government and for the community. Engineers Australia is one of Australia’s leading professional organisations, so why wouldn’t you be a member?
Q. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?
To be the best father and husband I can be with the added power of helping people to be good mates. I know that an impossible superpower would be to have the ability to have no mobile phones at the dinner table.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Sailing, scuba diving, playing guitar and relaxing at home with family and a few “projects” on the go at the same time. Ok, a lot of projects on the go.
Q. Who is your hero?
Tony Purkiss, an unstoppable man who is hard to kill. Bali bombing, plane crash and still sails to Lord Howe Island with limited sight to raise money for charity. A real live fair dinkum hero.
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Image: Christopher Scanlon MIEAust CPEng NER ouside the Ausgrid 33kV to 11kV substation at Gateshead NSW.