During my work experience at
During my work experience at , I was fortunate enough to have experienced
firsthand and learned, many different sides of what goes into a project, the general process
of how a project is initially planned, developed and completed; as well as how much work
and detail goes into every stage. Another valuable lesson I have learned during these 12
weeks, were the many different types of work an Engineer has to perform, which in turn,
have provided me with more insight into the different types of roles and responsibilities
that I could perform, as a Civil Engineer.
Reflecting back to my first day at , it was one of the most memorable days of my
time at work. After being introduced to everyone, I was handed a tender to work on, in
which they had asked me for recommendations to improve certain aspects of the project
wherever I see fit, as well as my opinions on the project as an entirety. They were very open
and happy for me to contribute as much as I wanted to, and were open to any suggestions
and ideas. This instantly made me feel comfortable and definitely made me feel as though I
was part of the team.
During the first week of work completing the tender, I was overwhelmed by the work and
the responsibilities that were placed on me, but with the help of my supervisors and the
directors, who have had years of experience in the industry, I felt more confident and
supported as I knew my work would be double checked and any uncertainties were
explained. By observing and learning from them, I managed to pick up tips and learned
different types of skills, from learning to communicate and deal with other companies, to
reading and deciphering many different types of plans.
Working on tenders for the first few weeks was enjoyable for me as it did make me use all
the techniques I learned at University in every stream of Civil Engineering that had been
taught to us, namely; Geotechnical, Structural, Hydrology and Transport. I realise this might
not be the same everywhere and usually Civil Engineers might focus on one type of stream,
but I was happy that I had the opportunity to useall of my theoretical knowledge and
applied them to real?life situations.
Through experience and observation, another valuable lesson that I learned while working
at was that in projects, especially when working in primary stages of certain
project, things can change very quickly and dramatically. Another lesson I learned through
this was that if there are any uncertainties, from whether a survey was off by a few
millimetres, to if materials chosen for a certain aspect of a project were unsuitable, it always
has to be checked numerous times and from senior level sources before any conclusions can
be made, especially if they are to be presented to a client.