When Mohammed Fajar joined LM Wind Power two years ago as a Structural Design Engineer, he was prepared to take on exciting and challenging projects that would sometimes push him outside his comfort zone. But, he never expected those challenges would include starring in a major web series!
Already with more than 150,000 views on YouTube, and close to 1 million views on Facebook, the blade testing episode of GE – In the Wild is by far the largest-ever film production featuring LM Wind Power. The quality is up to the standard of a small movie, produced by a 13-person film crew, from a studio based in New York.
When asked to co-star along Alie Ward – correspondent for the CBS series Innovation Nation – Mohammed stepped up to the task. Actually, this wasn’t his first time on camera; as 2016 Facebook Ambassador for Denmark’s Engineer the Future campaign, Mohammed created a series of home videos to help encourage youth to study engineering. But, the scale of the GE – In the Wild was on a whole new level.
Hear what Mohammad had to say about his days in the spotlight, and watch this new video to get an exclusive look
Behind the Scenes with GE – In the Wild!
How did it feel to star in this film production?
In the beginning, I was a bit nervous. I knew this big team of professionals was coming from New York for two days, so I felt the pressure to perform well. I’ve been educated as an engineer and I spend most of my time at my desk designing blades. Now suddenly I was at the center of attention and I had to try to explain what I do in simple words, in front of many professionals and cameras, knowing that thousands of people will hear what I say. It was overwhelming, but I tried my best to act natural!
Do you feel like a movie star now?
Not really! And I’m not sure I would choose this as a job. You have to be "on" all the time, and really think about what you say, how you say it, is it true, is it real? If you don’t say something smoothly, then you have to do the whole scene again. It’s not like when you are talking with a friend and you say, “Ah no, that’s not true. The blade isn’t 60 meters long, it’s 58.”
Also, you know that a lot of people will be watching you – a lot of engineers and maybe specialists. So if you say “rotation” instead of “revolution” you know that some people will say, “Well it’s not really a rotation, it’s a revolution...”
What made you say yes to this?
I want people, especially kids, to have a realistic idea of what it is like to be an engineer, and how cool and fun it is. Sending this message through social media is a powerful way to reach the youngest generation, which is why last year I started making videos for Engineer the Future with my own phone in my room, to explain what I do every day. I’d like people to see that an engineer is not only a nerd with glasses – we design and help build huge, incredible structures like wind turbine blades, that provide clean energy to people across the world.
Also, I think it’s very important for people to understand how we ensure that our blades are strong and reliable. We test the blades so we can put them on a wind turbine and know that they will not need a lot maintenance, which reduces the cost of energy for everyone.
Would you do it again?
Well…I don’t know actually if I would do it again! It was easier the second day. Of course, if you repeat it, you are better at it and you will be less nervous, but I know I would still be nervous next time.
After this experience, I look differently at my work, because I realize it is much more complicated than I have ever thought about! It’s not easy to explain how these huge things work, in simple terms that anyone can understand. I definitely prefer to design the blades; I’m very good at that I think! I find it much easier to be an engineer, even though some people will think it’s very complicated.
Go behind the scenes!
GE - In the Wild
Photo credit (below): IMG / Atomic Entertainment
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