Graduate Highways Engineer
The variety of projects and wealth of knowledge drew me to AECOM, I wanted to start my career in
an environment where I could learn every day. I’m still learning every day here and I’m happy I came
here for this reason, I’d come here again if I was in the same position.
My role for the first 7 months was to design and assess elements of major projects in highways, now
I’ve recently begun a placement in the water team where I am identifying opportunities and
designing sustainable drainage systems.
I’ve been with AECOM for 9 months now.
The friendly environment. I’ve never had a negative experience with another person and everyone
from other graduates to directors have always been happy to answer my questions and support my
development as an engineer.
Clear paths to chartership and guidance, my line manager has been especially helpful with
understanding where I can go in my career.
I use it to improve my health. I always start or finish slightly later and take a long lunch if I work from
home. I use this extra time in the day to take a bike ride into the peak district. Freedom to grow has
allowed me to improve my physical and mental health so I’m in the best shape I can be for both my
work and home life.
Home working gives me the extra time to look after myself and have quiet days where I need them. The office is great for learning from others and seeing what other people do day to day.
My last project in highways was incredibly diverse in the work available to do on it, I’ve seen a big
part of the early stages of a major highways project in the UK now. I had a great time on this project
both because of the interesting work and the people in the team.
I’m currently working on sustainable drainage systems for a large section on Mansfield. The
placement of these systems, which typically are engineered green spaces, can significantly improve
the aesthetic of an area and provide benefit to local communities mental health.
Producing a Carbon Benchmarking tool for highways projects which allows designers to quickly put a
back-of-envelope calculation together to see how much carbon a design might incur.
AECOM has given me a clear path to chartership and the tools/work to get there. I have become a
better engineer and made a number of friends from joining the business.
Be willing to learn, to meet people and most importantly be open to anything that comes your way.
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