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Michael Francis

Michael Francis

Engineering consultants, Mg partnership Building

I am first generation brought up in Britain in the 1960s from the West Indian parents. Currently I am (MEP) coordinator using modern day software to produce 3d co-ordinated models. My journey started over 40 years ago with the love for technical drawing with my first job as a training draughtsman. My journey as an Engineering Draughtsman/ co Ordinator as taken me to manufacturing, treatment plants and building services. What got me here is the love of doing Engineering drawings, and most people would say producing plant room drawing and the attention to detail that make things work. (Even in tight spaces!) and of course being on site witnessing a hole in the ground becoming a full adult building. Other areas of what I call the quiet proud moments working on project such as, Royal Festival Hall, 77 Grosvenor Street Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sutton cancer research genomics, TCR Crossrail and Chelsea & Westminster hospital. Just being on a project start to finish give me a lot of pleasure. Getting my master in BIM & Integrated design from Salford University relatively late on in my career (but your never to young/old to learn something). I am currently an Associate Member of the CIBSE for the past five years (another late start) where I am a member of their Minority Ethnic Groups Panel. This was born out of the CISBSE Inclusivity Panel, which I joined in 2020.

Statement:

Learn to ride the waves of frustration as you may have a few on your journey. You have the time to achieve your goal if you are patient. This can be an aggressive industry and sometimes you have to fight just to be included. Be comfortable with what you know and but always be prepare to learn new things. Try and navigate to people who what to support you and you support others. Walk on by against those who don`t. Fight to the bitter end on what you believe in this diverse world that struggles to be equal. Be proud on what you have learnt but remember it’s the half that never been told. Don’t be afraid of failure, as failure is not trying There is something very rewarding about engineering and humans have been creating engineering feats for thousands of years go and create history