Joined SKS in January 2013
Structural Safety Technology Department, Structural Safety Design Section 2 Subsection Chief

Kyoko Mashima

Q1What kind of work do you currently do?

My work involves strength and thermal conductivity analysis of piping systems, etc. used in nuclear power plants.
I also manage a team of approximately 20 members that work on the layout and design of support structures for the piping, ducts and trays used to house electrical cables.

Q2What have you found challenging since joining SKS?

Although I already had a fundamental knowledge of material mechanics, something always came up when I was working on something new so I was always learning. If I couldn't come up with a solution after researching and studying the problem myself, I actively sought advice from senior staff or my supervisor at the time. However, they were always quick to offer me their time to arrive at a solution so I don't remember it being that much of a hardship.

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

Soon after joining SKS it was all I could do to learn my work. However, management responsibilities increased as the years passed. I have since progressed from coordinating roles to establishing new work teams and have gradually started to make my own policy decisions and create manuals to make our work easier. But the thing I focus most on is the mood within the team. I use their reports to gauge the mood of everyone on my team and allocate work to ensure that the workload is not concentrated on certain individuals.

Q4What are your impressions of SKS?
How do think it will change in the future?

Not only top to bottom, SKS has established a work environment which encourages lateral or cross-departmental communication. Everyone takes the time to listen so there is no real barrier to suggesting ideas or asking for advice. I feel that this is important so I am always conscious of it when people come to me for advice.
I also hope to harness our technologies to continue to contribute to society in a broad range of area in the years to come.
I aim to further refine the methods used in my current analytical work and apply it to other fields of plant engineering in the future.

Member’s Information

Getting to know our employees

A day at work at SKS

  • 8:40

    Arrive at work/mail check

  • 10:00

    Section meetings

  • 11:00

    Prepare/check material for client meetings

  • 13:30

    Client meetings

  • 15:30

    Address required actions from client meetings/mail check

  • 20:40

    Leave work

How I spend my days off

I stoically lose myself in calligraphy. I am currently practicing my patterns.
There are exhibitions held several times a year and I take enjoyment in putting together and creating large works of calligraphy.
There are no words to describe the sense of exhilaration I feel when I turn out a piece I am happy with. I am so happy when those pieces win awards at the exhibitions.

Message to students

The range of work we do is broad, including the analysis of equipment, piping and their support structures and drawing up plans, etc. and the skills and intuition required for each task is different. These might include the ability to correctly understand all the relevant standards and regulations or the intuition to identify the relationship between input and output in the analytical process. SKS offers an environment where you can build on your technical ability by working in a diverse range of fields that suit each of these skills. Why not challenge yourself.

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