1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Apprentice Civil Engineer. My daily tasks involving doing a lot of designs and technical drawings using CAD (Computer Aided Design). I work together in the Tunnel Vent team to come up with engineering solutions for aerodynamics problems to do with trains in tunnels. I use mostly Bernoulli's principles to solve these problems. I have worked in several projects like the Northern Line Extension, Finsbury Park, Croxley Rail. Even some international projects, like; Singapore Changi Airport, Follo line and Sir Dudley Way Tunnel.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my skills a lot especially my problem solving skills. I use maths and geometry to solve problems on a daily basis which has made me very good at tackling technical problems. Starting this job meant that I needed to be very good at communicating presenting and working in a team. With all the opportunity that was given to me I was able to develop them.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed it a lot I learn a lot of different things from all types of engineers from all disciplines of engineering. I do a lot of tasks that involve the things that I enjoy doing. There's always lot of opportunities to push yourself for higher and more demanding roles.
4. How valued do you feel by Mott MacDonald?
Sometimes it may feel as there is not a lot of work due to not having enough experience to prove that you are competent for the job. However as you prove yourself and learn more you will be utilized more. the more you put it in the more you get.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We are provided all the necessary training needed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We just ask anything that we need and as long as it is reasonable it is provided.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is great for any apprentice. However depending on the commute to work and where you live living expense's can be very expensive.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are not but once you have several years of experience and gained a certain level of competence. It is an option.
9. Would you recommend Mott MacDonald to a friend?
Great learning opportunities and puts you straight into the feel of work you want to get into without having to go to university for several years. You will be earning while learning. Very unique opportunity.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mott MacDonald?
Be very well prepared for the interview speak confidently sound professional and do research into the company prior to the interview. Sound very motivated and interested.
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