Harriette Scowen, work placement case study

“I really enjoyed my year placement at AECOM. Being able to see how the knowledge I learnt in my first two years at university could be put into practice really inspired me and has encouraged me through my third year. 

During my placement I was based in two departments. Firstly I spent three months in the rail department, undertaking a project management role in the development of a feasibility study for Elephant and Castle underground station.  

After this I spent nine months in the transportation structures department, assisting on a number of bridge and structure inspections around London, writing detailed reports for each inspection. 

The final project I worked on was Lusail Expressways Artscape, where I was part of a team completing the detailed design of cable stayed bridges and other structures. As well as doing calculations for aspects such as cable and deck design, I was trained to use computer software to complete analysis of the structures. 

I’ve taken aspects of all these projects into my third year at university, whether it is the knowledge I gained on Eurocodes, report writing or structural analysis. The placement has definitely helped me define where I want to go with my Civil Engineering degree, working in the transportation division and working on world-class bridge design projects is definitely something that I want to get in to when I graduate. 

With encouragement and sponsorship from AECOM I decided to transfer onto the MEng course. I now have a further three month summer placement to look forward to in June and a job when I finish.”