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Makena Ireri, Graduate Civil Engineer, Atkins


Graduate Civil Engineer

What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?

I joined Atkins in April 2012 and I have already been involved in a high profile project, the Sizewell B Emergency Response Centre (ERC) - the first of its kind in the UK - by one of our major energy clients EDF. The project is part of their Japanese Earthquake Response programme which is a direct result of the lessons learnt from the Fukushima event. I have worked with a fantastic structural team to deliver the detailed design of the ERC. I carried out structural design and analysis of various components, and also worked with the wider multidisciplinary team and liaised with external parties to deliver my part of the work. The work was technically challenging and I had to apply a lot of the engineering theory I learnt in university and gained a lot of technical knowledge in the process.

What attracted you to Atkins?

I was attracted to Atkins' global reach and involvement in a range of projects within nuclear such as ITER in France. This meant that the company would be able to offer a varied experience in terms of business areas and locations. I was interested in the fact that Atkins' energy division and its clients have considerable business in the growing energy sector and the fact that Atkins has shown resilience by continuous growth despite the recession.

The graduate training and development route offered by Atkins was also attractive. The support and guidance pledged to graduates in terms of mentors and supplementary courses gave me confidence that I can achieve my career development goals with Atkins. I also liked the fact that the responsibility of personal development is placed on the individual. This I found to be refreshing compared to the more rigid development schemes offered by other companies since it will enable me to tailor my route to chartership. It is my career after all and I should be the one to drive it.

What other activities have you been involved with?

Atkins has a lot of opportunities for sports and social activities. The Bristol office where I work is very social and there will generally be something happening every week. I have been involved in various graduate socials which are usually scheduled before the graduate forums. I have also been involved in the Bristol Hub office Olympics where we competed in teams in mock Olympic events on three separate occasions.

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