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Joe Watts - Project Engineer - Civil

What attracted you to a career in engineering, and to your specific discipline?

From a young age, I have always been interested in how things work and why they work. When I first started in the engineering industry I was a civil and structural technician, but as time went on, I started to enjoy the civil side more, in particular creating ground models as every site is different and the variety keeps the discipline interesting.

What made you choose Rolton Group?

When I looked at Rolton Group before my interview, I was impressed with the big name clients that the company works with. I also liked the fact that they work in a variety of sectors on projects which are in the public eye and are used by a lot of people. The head office is also in my home town which was great as I did not need to relocate.

Could you describe what your working day usually consists of?

My role varies quite a bit - I prepare drawings for the various phases in the construction process and write reports for initial strategies or for submissions to gain planning permission. I also prepare calculations for the reports I write and deal with any site queries on the projects I am working on.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I really enjoy the varying nature of civil engineering and how no site is the same. I like that I am always challenged and have to use my previous experiences to create the best solutions. I also really enjoy creating 3D models and seeing these designs being built and used by real people.

Has the company lived up to your initial expectations?

Yes, I have had the chance to work on a range of projects including some of the bigger ones Rolton Group have been appointed on. My team are really supportive and if I have any queries they are always willing to help.

What are you career aspirations?

I want to achieve professional status with the ICE and become IEng MICE qualified. I would also like to work abroad on international projects.

How is Rolton Group helping you to achieve these goals?

In order to gain professional status with the ICE I need to work on a range of projects, and the jobs Rolton Group are appointed on provide me with this experience. As each project gets completed I am getting more responsibility which is also needed to get the IEng MICE qualification.

What training and mentoring have you been offered/undertaken with Rolton Group and how have they supported you?

Everyone in the office is really friendly and approachable, which helped me to settle in quickly and find my feet within my team. I have also received full training sessions on how to use the in house design software and I am due to go on a few more sessions to develop my skills in other engineering programmes. The company have also put of other training programmes which are helping me to develop my professional skills.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to start their career in the engineering/built environment industry?

Consider doing a degree part time whilst working – although it takes longer to complete your degree, it has put me in an advantageous position as I had a lot more experience than other graduates who were applying for similar roles.

Joe has now completed the Rolton Group Graduate Scheme