The first step – graduate engineer
Most likely you will be a graduate in civil engineering or perhaps engineering geology/applied geology, if the latter you may well already have some experience in site investigation, which offers an excellent route into the foundation sector for non civil engineering graduates.
As a graduate foundation engineer, you will probably be site-based for your first few years, and geographically you should expect to travel widely and depending upon your employer this may include working internationally.
Foundation contracting offers a route to fast track project management – responsibility is given early to anyone who can bear it reasonably – and after two to three years it is likely you will be a project manager equipped to run sizeable foundation contracts on your own.
The next step – specialisation
At about three years, most engineers tend to focus on one of three main career paths open to them, namely develop further in project/contract management or move across to either estimating/commercial or design.
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