Main work description
I belong to the Electrical Design Section of the Design Department and I design electrical and radio equipment. I examine the generator combination arrangement, select lighting and wireless equipment according to our client’s requests. Since most ship equipment are connected to electric wires, it is also my job to check the proper signal connection of each equipment and to instruct the manufacturer to produce drawings for each equipment.
Each ship is made to order. My job is to build the best ship possible according to our client’s requests while complying to the rules.
I feel rewarded
When I started at the electrical design section, I thought that main job is about wiring and lighting only. I learned that most of the equipment on ships are connected to electric wires and in order to make an electrical design, it is necessary to understand the ship’s mechanism and the role of each device. It is a job that involves understanding all aspects of ship’s navigation, loading and unloading of cargo at port, comfort of the living quarters, and convenience of maneuvering. I feel a sense of accomplishment when the construction is completed successfully after a lot of hard work.
In most cases, ships are designed and built from scratch, and there are some parts that are close to being made to order. We start with a meeting with the client, then we obtain permission from the Maritime Association for the design drawings, and then we communicate with the workers at the site during the construction. One of the appeals of the job is that we are a part of a group involved in the process of making things that we can never make on our own alone.
What difficulties I face
I have been in the design department since I joined the company, but I used to belong to a different section. After moving to Electrical Design, I was appointed immediately to be in charge of a new shipbuilding project. I consulted with my superiors about things I didn't understand but I had a hard time. Because I was inexperienced, some unexpected troubles occurred.
However, in our company, each department is open and able to communicate with other departments smoothly. We were able to solve the problem efficiently.
We are a small and medium-sized company and the number of employees is small but each section is assigned with a lot of workload. Sometimes I feel a lot of pressure but after I finish it, I feel fulfilled. So, for those who want to challenge themselves and improve professionally, I think this job is perfect for you.
Generally, every shipbuilding company has their own manufacturing standards. However, we have received a lot of orders that make us evaluate our flexibility to meet with the client’s proposals and requests. I would like to become the person who would be able to satisfy with the requests of the shipowner after consultation and be able to construct a better ship.
How I spend my holidays
Hakata is located in the middle of the Shimanami Kaido expressway and has easy access to both Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures. Therefore, on holidays, my family usually goes to either one of them. It is a surprisingly good location for those who like traveling and going out.
Also, I often go fishing because Hakata is surrounded by a bountiful sea. I think it is a fitting environment for those who like the outdoors.
Reason for choosing MURAHIDE
Hakata is my hometown but I studied Electrical Engineering in a university outside the prefecture. I returned home wanting to work and I found out about the job hiring in this company. I also knew that I can use my knowledge in the shipbuilding industry, so I joined the company .
Advice for job-seekers
Self-analysis is important before you start to look for a company to work for. It is best to do what you want to do and what you are good at, but that is not always the case. I think there are many people who do what they are good at, but not what they want to do.
First of all, know clearly what you want to do, what you like, and what you are good at. Then select a job type and industry, and do your best in job hunting.