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Member of the Month
Andrew Bell MIHE
- Tuesday December 8, 2020
Assistant Highways Engineer, Jacobs
What inspired you to become an engineer or pointed you towards an engineering career?
From a young age I enjoyed helping my dad with DIY projects. I was interested in the design of objects and how they progress from conception to the finished product. This interest and passion as the driving force to becoming a civil engineer.
What made you join the IHE?
I decided to join the IHE as their values and specialisms align with my field of work as a highways engineer; allowing me to progress towards professional accreditation. The IHE has given me the opportunity to network with other professionals in a social and professional setting. I have been a member of the IHE for over two years. During this time I have joined the IHE Scottish Branch committee and recently gained a place on the National Council.
Can you describe a typical working day?
My working day can vary from being in the office to building up my step count while out and about on project sites. In the office I undertake aspects of detailed design for highways schemes, attend daily project meetings and collaborate with colleagues to produce solutions, models and drawings. On occasion when I get the opportunity to venture out of the office setting, I can be involved with road safety audits, take part in site walkovers, liaise with specialist consultants and oversee the work of contractors.
What are your future ambitions?
I am currently working towards becoming an Incorporated Engineer and would hope to achieve this in the near future with the end goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer.
Do you participate in any other career-related activities, such as mentoring, volunteering or membership of other engineering groups?
I endeavour to promote and inspire the younger generation to engage in the industry through my role as a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ambassador and as a mentor for university students and apprentices.
Outside work, is there any activity you enjoy doing in your spare time personally and/or professionally?
In my spare time I can usually be found exploring the outdoors either by foot, bike or kayak – my camera is always in hand to showcase the moment!