What do I do?
My role as a civil engineer within the Belfast Water team has seen me play an active part in various stages of the construction process, from inception right through to handover stage. Primarily my role involves working within the AECOM project management team for NI Water, ensuring timely delivery of projects within budget all with the aim of ensuring infrastructure is adequate to provide the necessary services to businesses and homes throughout Northern Ireland.
The experience I have gained to date with AECOM has included a range of projects within the water and wastewater industry. This has included, but is not limited to, population studies to determine the size of pumping station, appraisal studies, reference designs, developing contract documents and activity schedules for works. The varied nature of the work AECOM has to offer has helped progress my knowledge and understanding of works in the water sector greatly.
How has the graduate development programme supported me?
The AECOM Graduate Development Program has provided me with a lot of information on how to further my career and become a chartered engineer. The programme includes a number of residential trips that provide opportunities to network with other graduates from throughout the UK and Ireland, the information provided at these trips and the learning outcomes are also help further knowledge significantly, in conjunction with providing a lot of necessary information to help new graduates understand the way things work within AECOM.
Why I enjoy it…
One of my favourite things about working at AECOM is the varied nature of the projects that are on offer. No two days are ever the same with each project passing on its own unique challenge. The global nature of the business is also an inspiring aspect, seeing the huge projects that are tendered for and, on occasion, won is a huge motivation to work harder to get the chance to gain experience on these large scale pieces of work. The multi-disciplinary nature of the offices that we work in is also a fantastic aspect of AECOM, nearly all engineering work can be completed in house, someone, somewhere throughout the company will have experience in developing a solution to the problem you are facing!
My most exciting project..
The most exciting project I have worked on to date is the Castle Park wastewater pumping station project. It is part of the larger Bangor Drainage Area Plan and includes the construction of a water retaining structure capable of holding over 3,000m3 of sewerage. I have played a role in creating the reference design and look forward to the contract management during construction phase. One of the more challenging aspects of this project is its location within a public park, meaning stakeholder engagement will be a top priority and will be an excellent opportunity to develop communication skills.
We work hard & play hard at AECOM
The Belfast office has its own Sports and Social Club, with various events being hosted over the course of the year. There have been a number of activities that I have attended and enjoyed recently, including trips to Ravenhill, the home of Ulster Rugby and go karting. Large summer events are also hosted each year, each providing great team building opportunities and creating a more amicable atmosphere within the office. On top of the locally organised events, the Graduate Development Programme also offers great opportunities to socialise and network with other like-minded graduates.