1. Where are you from, when did you do the ECE and what did you most enjoy about it?
I am British. I did an BSc in Oceanography 2008-2011 and graduated with an MSc ECE in 2012.
My ECE Course Highlights:
– Challenging / fast paced
– Full access to becoming chartered as a civil engineer with the ICE.
– The course provides an excellent base from which to enter industry.
– The course material is broad, covering all subjects from structural design of sea walls to undertaking mock marina EIAs.
2. What have you been up to since; and what does a day in your working life involve?
After finishing my Masters thesis with the URS Coastal Team, I was offered a job with the URS Ports and Maritime Team in Basingstoke. I worked for the Ports and Maritime Team for 3 years, completing the graduate scheme and working on some fantastic projects which provided me the opportunity to travel and develop professionally. During this time I worked on maritime projects in South America, Africa, the Middle East, and locally in the UK. I continue to work as a Port and Marine Engineer, however, now I in Sydney, Australia after transferring with URS (now AECOM).
My typical day may involve the following:
- Arrive at work in the city for around 9.30am after a morning surf (benefit of flexible working hours)
- Check a long list of emails which have appeared overnight (the result of working in a global market).
- Attend a project meeting; discuss what is happening on the project.
- Continue with existing work. Currently looking at rectifying some of the seawalls around Sydney harbour. On a good day this would then require me to leave the office to attend a site inspection, or address an issue on a construction site.
- Other days the afternoon might involve me preparing a proposal for new oppurtunities which we have been invited to bid on.
- I would normally finish up around 6/7pm
4. Have you any advice to ECE students that have only just started the course, or recently graduated?
- Be proactive! – Start thinking about potential future employers early.
- Make the most external business presentations, come prepared with CV etc.
- Join Linkedin.
- If possible, arrange your thesis with a company. Jobs are easier to come by when you are through the door!