Joined SKS as a new graduate in 2014
Plant Engineering Department, Plant Engineering Section 2

Hitomi Urabe

Q1What kind of work do you currently do?

My primary area of work involves the analysis of piping systems, including seismic thermal analysis, etc.
I create models of the designed piping system in order to perform a range of analyses and assessments.
For example, I assess whether the piping system within a plant can maintain its structural integrity in the event of a strong earthquake. If the stress applied to the piping systems exceeds the accepted tolerance levels resulting in failure, it is my job to propose structural components to support the pipes.

Q2What have you found challenging since joining SKS?
What new skills have you learned working at SKS?

There were a lot of things that they don't teach you in school that I had to learn once I started work and that was very challenging. However, the senior staff are always there to help so I made a point of asking questions about anything I didn't understand. The fact that everything worked out each day comes down to the help I received from those around me.
Unlike studying at school, it is work that you can't always complete on your own so I think my communication skills have improved dramatically compared to when I was at school. Although my technical knowledge has increased compared to when I first joined SKS, in situations when my analysis produces a negative result and I have to consider modifications, there are times I can't arrive at an optimal solution without consulting with senior staff or my supervisors. It is a very complex field of work where you are always learning.

Q3Have you noticed any change in the way you work or think now that you are in a different position?

Junior employees can at times suggest ideas from a different perspective that I would not have considered, helping me to discover new things in areas of work in which I have had fixed ideas. I would like to add these to the methods that have been passed down to me and respect new ideas to further build on our mutual knowledge base and skills.

Q4Q4 What are your impressions of SKS?
How do think it will change in the future?

Depending on the content of the work I was having trouble with, it was not only the senior colleagues in my own group that helped, but also other groups. I think SKS has created an environment that promotes communication across different groups and departments. When you ask a question, everyone, regardless of age, takes the time to explain things and that has been a great help.
I hope to create an environment where individuals can work to improve their own skills and competencies and to share our knowledge in order to improve the performance of individual teams and the company as a whole.

Member’s Information

Getting to know our employees

A day at work at SKS

  • 9:00

    Arrive at work/mail check

  • 10:00

    Send off work to clients (results of analysis and evidence, etc.)

  • 12:00

    -Lunch-

  • 13:00

    Piping analysis (modeling & checks)

  • 15:00

    Piping analysis (feasibility checks)

  • 16:00

    Piping analysis training sessions (in-house)

  • 18:00

    Organize work for the next day

  • 19:00

    Leave work

How I spend my days off

I love the ocean and since joining SKS, I have acquired my diving license.
I like to relax and decompress by taking in beautiful scenery and cute marine life.
I often go to Izu and Hayama. They are both beautiful spots with a variety of marine life but there are also a lot of other places I would like to explore.

Message to students

I think they should enjoy their student life as much as possible and find something they are truly interested in.
Life at work is not always easy. If you have something you are interested in that you can use to decompress, it can often help to make things better at work as well. I think it is a good idea to find that outlet while you are a student.

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