Meet the team: Nicolas Lopez - Trainee Base Engineer

26th May 2023
Nico Lopez headshot

Can you tell us a bit about your day-to-day activities in your role?

Every day is different thanks to the diverse portfolio of projects I'm involved in. However, my day-to-day activities are to test the STR kit and ensure the quality is consistent and at the highest level we, and our customers, expect.

Recently, I've also had the privilege to step into a calibration role within the Houston base. Working alongside the calibration team has provided another exciting opportunity to learn, develop my skill set, and gain new experience.

What attracted you to join STR?

My position at STR provided me with the chance to kick-start a brand-new journey in my life.

After learning about the industry from a family friend, I was captivated immediately. With such an exciting future ahead and so much potential to unlock, I was determined to break into the industry. With the work STR has performed in the Americas region, its investment in people, new technology and plans to continue growing in the region, I felt that it was the company for me, and now was the perfect time.

I was fortunate to get the opportunity to step into STR's brand-new Houston base, where I have learned and grown alongside the business ever since. Easily one of the best choices I've made, the team I work with at STR has become like family, and the rotational engineers have become some of my closest friends.

STR is passionate about supporting new talent embarking on their career, what kind of opportunities do you think should be available in the industry as a whole?

I think awareness and understanding is key. I believe that if more people knew about the ins and outs of the subsea energy market, the potential and capabilities of the technology deployed, and the different kinds of equipment packages and solutions we provide every day, they would fall in love as I did.

STR prides itself on creating a culture and work environment that allows individuals to thrive and achieve their potential, develop unique skill sets, and build exciting careers for themselves.

For the industry to continue evolving and growing, it needs to invest in the next generation of leaders, managers, technicians, and engineers. STR has afforded me the chance to learn so much in a short space of time, leaving me excited for what each day brings.

What are your ambitions and goals for your role at STR? Where would you like to be in 3 – 5 years?

When I first started my career at STR, I didn't think I would be in the position I'm in right now which is a testament to the unique working environment and encouragement for development.

In three to five years, I would like to be someone in the workshop who anyone can come to and feel comfortable asking questions and looking for help or guidance on any subject. I want to be someone who can help others learn and grow, just as my peers have been for me.

STR is a company where if you come to work every day and be diligent in your learning, the possibilities are endless.

What advice would you pass on to other young people looking to break into the industry and kickstart their careers?

Never say no to any opportunity to learn and grow yourself. Instead, dive in head first and take it as it comes.