How long have you been working on the project for?
I’ve been part of the project team for a year and a half, and before that undertook a three-month placement on the project while I was still at university.
What kind of qualifications and work experience do you have?
I have a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Strathclyde University, and as well as the placement with the Harbour, I spent time on summer placements with Balfour Beatty.
How much time do you spend on site?
I’m lucky enough to spend the majority of my time on the construction site. I’d say there would be a 70/30% split between time onsite and office work.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I really enjoy being onsite, and I’ve learned a lot from our different contractors in all sorts of roles – from engineers, to machine men, to mechanics. Interacting with them every day is definitely one of my favourite things. With the varied nature of the work, the project poses some interesting challenges and aspects I probably wouldn’t have come across otherwise.
What does it mean to you to be part of a project like this?
Being part of a project like this is a great experience for a graduate engineer. It covers so many areas of engineering so it’s a great opportunity to be part of areas of work which I may not have seen so early on in my career. The marine aspect has opened my eyes to a different, specialist area of engineering and the challenges it possesses, and the types of equipment needed to tackle these challenges. From working with local companies as well, we get a sense of the size and scale of the project as a whole, and what it means to the surrounding area. It really fills you with a sense of pride to be involved in such a big project like this.