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Eva Linnell, Graduate Civil Engineer, Atkins


Graduate Civil Engineer

When did you join Atkins?

I joined in March 2011.

Why did you join Atkins?

Atkins sponsored my degree course and I undertook a sandwich year with them. I was particularly attracted by the range of work opportunities available throughout the business.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

I completed a MEng Engineering Design course at the University of Bristol, then a six month Engineers Without Borders placement in Ecuador, where I worked on improving rural water supply systems.    

How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

At the moment I am based in the Bristol Water offices, working on water treatment works, pumping stations and mains diversions. I am primarily a civil engineer, but in reality I do a lot of coordination and liaison work.

How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

I improve the water for Bristol!

Do you have any professional accreditations?

I’m working towards chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

What key projects have you worked on?

Bristol Water AMP5 UV Schemes, Blagdon Pumping Station and THM Removal by Surface Aeration.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on two recirculation pumping stations at Bristol Water’s largest treatment works. The detailed design has just gone to the contractor to price up a target cost. I will also be involved in site supervision of the construction.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I’m proud of having a great relationship with both my colleagues and the client.

What’s the most technically challenging tunnelling project you’ve worked on at Atkins, and in a few words, say why it was challenging?

To achieve THM removal by surface aeration we brought an existing technology to a new application. It was technically novel, but the associated issues with noise, ecology and access were just as significant.

How has your career developed at Atkins?

I am taking on increasing responsibility for delivery of projects and becoming a trusted point of contact for the client. Getting to know people from different offices and departments within the business is a big advantage.

How have you been supported during your career development?

I am able to take on as much responsibility as I feel comfortable with, and am also offered other opportunities to broaden my horizons. For example, I have presented my work at a conference, run work experience workshops and am a mentor for a pupil at a local school.

How do civil engineers and Atkins make a difference?

I think the breadth of skills that civil engineers at Atkins possess, along with the specialist expertise in-house, mean they are able to go the extra mile – helping to facilitate and offering suggestions for adding extra value.

How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

People work hard and enjoy life. It is also a very flexible place to work.

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