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Magnus Ruin

Age 34, geotechnical engineer, Innovation & Design department, Hercules Grundläggning, Sweden

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Route to the job
I studied Civil Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and had the opportunity to do an exchange year in Sydney, Australia. It was there I was attracted to geotechnical engineering. After graduating I worked for a small consulting company in Gothenburg. I then joined the Swedish Geotechnical Institute, a government authority involved in research, training and consulting within geotechnology. I learnt a great deal there which has stood me in good stead ever since. However, when the chance came I moved on to Hercules.

Typical day
Within Innovation & Design we are involved in research into new methods for foundations and also in the implementation of international methods, along with design at both the tender stage and with total constructions. Which means our working days can vary a great deal. One day you can be out on site taking measurements or evaluations while another day you can be sitting in the office doing dimension work.

Highs and lows
I have a very varied job with plenty of interesting problems to solve. However it can be a bit stressed at times.

My ambition is to develop further as a geotechnical engineer and produce technically perfect constructions.

Study geotechnology and graduate. At the start of your career try to work for both consultants and construction companies. Practical experience is incredibly important if you want to be a good geotechnical engineer, so try and get involved with all sorts of different kinds of project.