What type of engineer are you and what work do you do?
I’m a structural engineer, which involves working with other specialists (such as architects and mechanical engineers) to design and realise buildings such as the 2012 Olympic Velodrome.
What environment do you work in and what do you wear?
The majority of my time is spent in a design office where the atmosphere is pretty laidback and dress is smart casual. We have regular external meetings with clients and the rest of the project design team, which are smarter occasions. Sometimes we visit construction sites for our projects which involves full safety gear, including luminous green jackets and a hard hat.
Do you work in a group and how much do you earn?
Engineering is all about using teamwork to solve the problems facing society – it is common to go away and tackle problems individually but then discuss and develop the proposed solutions as a group.
What A-levels do you need and what qualifications do you have?
For entry to university courses Physics and Maths A-levels are required. Subjects such as Art or Design Technology are also very useful. I have a Master’s Degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Bath. It’s important to do a Master’s degree to be able to go on to get qualified as a Chartered Engineer once you start your professional career.
What subjects did you enjoy at school and what do you look for in a job?
I enjoy learning in general – I really enjoyed the challenge of Maths and Physics, including the satisfaction of finding solutions to the problems! I also really enjoyed Geography and finding out about the world around us. I also loved design and never stopped making things, which then became Christmas presents for my lucky family and friends! I’m really happy to have a job that encompasses all of these aspects and is constantly challenging, with lots of opportunity to continue learning throughout your career.
When you were little, did you want to be an engineer?
I didn’t know much about what engineering entailed when I was younger, which is why I hope resources like this are useful to potential future engineers. I did know that I enjoyed problem solving as well as designing and making things, so I was lucky to follow my nose and land on my feet with a job that encompasses all of those aspects.
Do you think it's right that men get paid more on average?
I think the only fair way for people’s salary to be judged is based on their contribution at work.
Added on: 06/01/2012