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Member of the Month
- Monday July 6, 2020
As a university student undertaking a year-in-industry with Local Transport Projects (LTP), I am working on a range of different projects from access design to modelling. Regular work includes preliminary access designs, swept path analyses and active travel projects. My role at LTP is to gain as much knowledge as I can about the various types of work we do and develop good working practices.
What degree are you enrolled in?
I am enrolled in Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University.
What pointed you to an engineering career?
Engineering has been something that I have always been interested in, from building bridges and tunnels in sandpits when I was young. Additionally, when attending the university open day, the civil engineering course was described as ‘Lego’ which, having always enjoyed repurposing models so they never stay as originally intended, appealed to me.
Can you describe a typical working day?
Typically this involves project briefings/meetings, working on drawings, helping colleagues with technical issues and completing odd jobs.
Are there any particular challenges or unusual aspects to your role?
Being new to the industry means there is frequent referencing and reading of the many guidance documents, e.g. DMRB, TSRGD and TSM, when commencing new projects. Especially true when
challenging access designs are required to fit with existing road layout and geometry.
What is most enjoyable about your job?
The variety of types of work, especially the projects that make you stop and think.
What made you join the IHE?
I joined the IHE as a Student Member in September 2017 at the start of my university degree. I have now been a member for two and a half years.
Have you considered becoming Professionally Registered?
I am in the process of becoming Professionally Registered at EngTech level.
Is there any advice you would pass on to anyone considering Professional Registration?
Do it – the hardest part is getting started.
Where do you see yourself in your career in five year’s time?
I will have finished my degree and be working towards becoming chartered as well as learning the ropes to become a Road Safety Auditor.
Do you participate in any other career related activities, such as mentoring, volunteering or membership of other engineering groups?
I volunteer as Student Council Member on the IHE Council and am part of the North West Branch Committee.
Outside work, is there any activity you enjoy doing in your spare time personally and/or professionally?
Outside of work I can frequently be found volunteering at charity events, such as International Scout Jamborees as well as competing in running events