Engineering graduate career advice
Hi. I’m Robert Nicholson. I’m a land surveyor/engineer.
I work for Ridgeway Surveys Limited. 1. Why did you choose Engineering? I chose engineering because I’m interested
in building the environment we all live in today. It’s good to a part of
everything that’s around us, all the new projects, everything. In London especially,
there’s a lot of exciting projects I’ve worked on. I’ve worked
on The Shard and five star hotels. To see them from nothing to prestigious
buildings is quite an achievement I think. 2. What do you do? In the design stage of projects, I go in and
measure up the existing sites and draw all that on AutoCAD and give that
to architects, and they can then design their buildings to our measurements. 3. What excites you about working in the industry? My job, in engineering, it excites me through
being able to work in different places every day. I travel about
London to all sorts of locations, from five star hotels to multi-million
pound apartment blocks. It’s different. It’s not your typical nine
to five office job. It’s a lot of fun locations and different people and
clients and people you meet. 4. What are the exciting projects coming up? There’s some exciting new engineering projects
coming up in the UK. Ones that I’ve been working on specifically is
The Shard, which is, obviously, the biggest building in Western Europe, which
is pretty cool. Also, I’ve been working on some five star hotels. One
specifically has Anthony Gormley, the architect who designed the Angel
of the North. There’s a statue on that which is pretty cool, and it’s
good to be a part of. 5. How do you use technology? Specifically I work as a land surveyor. So
there’s a lot of new technologies in measurement and EDM at total
station machines coming out. So keeping track of all the new technologies
and getting the latest products to deliver the job is good for us.
It makes the job easier and more accurate and gives a better end product
at the end of the day. 6. Engineering in three words. To sum up engineering in three words, I would
say pressure, composure, and accuracy. Pressure because there is a lot
of people and a lot going on at one time, and you need to understand everything
and keep on top of everything. Composure because you’ll have
about ten different people asking you for ten different things at one time.
And Accuracy because you have to fulfil all their requirements to the highest
standards to ensure everything is done correctly.