Route to the job
A late move for me, but at the age of 23, I completed a one-year science access course at college in order to obtain entry into Portsmouth University, where I studied for a degree in engineering geology and geotechnics. After graduating in 2000 I got a job with Soil Mechanics as a site investigation engineer. I worked for Soil Mechanics for 18 months before applying for a job at Stent Foundations, whom I joined in November 2001.
I work on tender designs and final designs for secured contracts, for a range of piling disciplines. I am at the beginning of a long learning curve and every day a new tender design will bring a new aspect of design to my attention. This then gives me the opportunity to tap the brains of my colleagues for the correct solutions. I also attend site meetings which is great experience.
Highs and lows
Highs are winning tender designs and knowing that my pile designs are actually going to be constructed. The low points are when you have spent a lot of time on a particular design only to find out that the works have been put on hold or shelved.
My short-term ambitions are to help in securing as many contracts as possible for the company and to do a good job. My longer-term ambitions are to learn as much as I can about the design of piles and the piling industry as a whole. I hope in the future to become a chartered engineer.
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