What type of projects have you undertaken?
So far I have been fortunate enough to work on a wide range of projects which has included research of the complex geological history of the outer Thames Estuary for the extension of Galloper, one of the UK’s largest offshore windfarms, and the design and supervision of the ground investigations for the widening of the M25. I have also been involved in ground investigations in Oman and a collapsible soils study in Azerbaijan.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
My role enables me to learn from leading technical experts on a wide range of exciting and varied projects. I was given real responsibility from day one, both as a geotechnical scholarship student and as a graduate and I love being able to make a valid contribution to major national and international projects.
What advice would you give to a student looking for a placement?
Go for it! The scholarship scheme offered by ground engineering allows you to work on live projects to gain invaluable knowledge and experience from being part of the UK’s largest engineering consultancy. To stand the best possible chance of being successful with your application, enthusiasm for your subject, any relevant experience (academic or work experience) and a good knowledge of Atkins are a great recipe for success.
How have you found the route to Chartership and the support available?
As an engineering geologist at Atkins, the support available is phenomenal. Atkins actively encourages and supports its engineering geologists seeking Chartership via the Ground Engineering Academy which runs annual field trips and seminars and provides experienced mentors for those working towards Chartership.