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Thomas Harkins

Graduate Engineer – Transportation (Civil Engineer)


What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?

I have been involved with a number of projects in a project management or assistant project management role. I was the Project Manager for a project worth roughly £150k, and in my time managing it, I improved upon my soft skills, as well as my management acumen. This project involved liaising with other teams across the UK business as well as our team mates in the GDC (Global Design Centre – in India), a sub-contractor in India, and our clients, Network Rail. The project closed out recently and reported a very healthy profit margin of around 30%.

Furthermore I have been involved as the Assistant Project Manager for a large multi-disciplinary railway scheme, worth around £3.5 million to Atkins, weekly tasks involve interfacing with work package managers – discussing budget and programme, monitoring as well as drafting the application for payment to the client.

I am an active member of the Transportation Graduate Forum, and I am involved with initiatives looking at increasing Graduate Mobility, improving engagement with new starts, and improving links between Atkins and universities.

Lastly, I am due to go on site for a 6 month secondment to act as a Client Representative for Highways England, and very much looking forward to the experience.

What attracted you to Atkins?

I have been involved with a number of projects in a project management or assistant project management role. I was the Project Manager for a project worth roughly £150k, and in my time managing it, I improved upon my soft skills, as well as my management acumen. This project involved liaising with other teams across the UK business as well as our team mates in the GDC (Global Design Centre – in India), a sub-contractor in India, and our clients, Network Rail. The project closed out recently and reported a very healthy profit margin of around 30%.

Furthermore I have been involved as the Assistant Project Manager for a large multi-disciplinary railway scheme, worth around £3.5 million to Atkins, weekly tasks involve interfacing with work package managers – discussing budget and programme, monitoring as well as drafting the application for payment to the client.

I am an active member of the Transportation Graduate Forum, and I am involved with initiatives looking at increasing Graduate Mobility, improving engagement with new starts, and improving links between Atkins and universities.

Lastly, I am due to go on site for a 6 month secondment to act as a Client Representative for Highways England, and very much looking forward to the experience.

What other activities have you been involved with?

I have also been involved with a number of projects in a design capacity, honing my CAD skills. Prior to joining Atkins as a graduate I had mostly used AutoCAD, however, the railway industry tend to use Bentley Microstation, hence it took me a little while to get up to scratch with this program.

I undertook the ICE Civil Engineering Law and Contract Management Course last year and gained a great deal from it. Furthermore, I have completed a few Atkins internal courses on Project Management and Finance, as well as attending webinars on technical subjects.

Lastly I was involved with the ICE sponsored Merit Competition. MERIT is a computer-based program that simulates the running of a virtual construction company; based on markets, managerial and technical decisions, winning work and much more. The competition ran for 8 weeks and the top 6 teams at the end of that period went to a final held at Loughborough University where they carried out another 8 rounds in 2 days. Sadly, my team did not make it to the final, however I had a great time taking part!

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