1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a building services technician I work alongside engineers, mechanical and electrical, to generate building services design. I model the design in BIM software such as Revit, Navisworks and AutoCAD. From the software i develop drawings that are then sent to the clients, contractors and architects. Part of my job is also ensuring services are coordinated with structure and architecture, ready for correct installation.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Engineering alone is a new skill which is developed on the daily The use of BIM softwares continuously develops Team work is a key skill used in this industry Improving communication skills through email, telephone and face to face conversations Understanding of health and safety, especially with regards to site knowledge.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the work based learning a lot, being given numerous opportunities to develop - spending time working on site, and working on a variety of projects with engineers across numerous offices.
I find the university days a bit laborious and not always relevant to work - as a building services technician it is good to have an understanding of civils and structures but services should be dominant.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Very well, there is a simple routine we follow.
Monday - Friday at work, excluding Thursday for day release to complete the academic side of the apprenticeship.
We use spreadsheets and meetings with mentors and lectures to ensure we are meeting the 20% off the job training and continuing to progress as an apprentice.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer provides all the help i need! Everyone in the office is more than happy to assist with any issue, no matter if it is work based or uni based. Everyone is always happy to give me opportunities to progress with my knowledge of engineering, and is happy to spend time to make sure i understand different processes.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
As the Cov Uni Apprenticeship course is relatively new, lecturers are learning how to provide necessary support for apprentices, however they always try their best.
As we have full time students on the course, some content is very basic to us as we learn in more detail at work through projects.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think that some of the qualification is directly helping my role at work however as I am in the first years of the degree the information is very general and below the standard i use at work.
As mentioned previously the information learnt at uni is of a basic standard and this influences how we use it at work.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
I participate in many professional networking events to mix with suppliers, contractors, architects and other engineers. I also participate in inner-office activities which helps bond with the team.
Taking part in professional networking events is important as it allows you to build your knowledge as well as a bond with others in the industry.
9a. Would you recommend Arup to a friend?
Friendly environment with lots of opportunities to help you succeed!
Arup is a company that will provide you with numerous opportunities to do your best, whilst working on a variety of complex projects at differing RIBA stages. You will get to experience construction first hand and watch as buildings grow!
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Arup?
Don't worry about having engineering knowledge, make sure you're up for anything and ready to learn. Arup as a company is about teamwork, communication and ensuring that we continue to create modern and flagship designs. This ethos needs to be demonstrated when applying for a job at Arup.
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