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Australia / Transport / Graduate engineer

Allen Greig

Allen striking a pose in Philadelphia
Allen in Philadelphia, USA
Allen in Philadelphia, USA Allen visited the famous steps seen in the 'Rocky' films to strike a pose.

"Everyone I have worked with at Mott MacDonald has the drive to complete work to the highest standard."

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

The reason I chose to join Mott MacDonald was due to their outstanding portfolio of projects globally and locally. I was also impressed by their national and international connectivity and diversity. After meeting several of my future colleagues at the graduate assessment day I found the company culture of Mott MacDonald to be exceptional for growing as a young professional as well as the highlighted opportunity to travel.

What is the best thing about your role?

The best thing about my role with Mott MacDonald is the ability to diversify my skills as an engineer by working on both small scale and large scale projects in different disciplines. I have had the opportunity to assist on structural building design internationally as well as assisting locally with design management and bridge design on one of South Australia’s largest transport projects.

What are the top two things you have learned whilst at Mott MacDonald?

  • In my first year at Mott MacDonald, I learned a lot of important aspects on how consultancies work. I spent some time monitoring budgets and looking over contracts to gain an understanding of more than just the engineering side of the business.
  • Another great thing learnt at Mott MacDonald would have to be the diverse range of skills that I have gained from working on such a wide range of projects. Even working on different aspects of the same project really helps you to understand how everything fits together. An example is on a certain transport project interstate where I began with structural bridge design and checks then was later working on transport planning.

How have you been supported whilst working at Mott MacDonald?

The support given to me from the senior staff has been amazing at Mott MacDonald. They always make time for questions and fully support career development. Not only the senior staff, but everyone I have spoken to has been approachable and has had the time to help. If they don’t know the answer they can put you in touch with someone who does. Currently, there is a lot of support from the senior staff to work on achieving chartered status.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

The most adventurous thing I have ever done would have to be my recent trip to North America for a month. I was able to spend time in Whistler, Vancouver, Toronto, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City with a group of friends.

We tried fitting in as much as we could so in Canada there was a week of snowboarding in Whistler and we spent Christmas Eve at Niagara Falls. When we were in the USA, we fit in as many of the sights as possible in Washington DC. We then drove from Washington DC to New York City detouring through Philadelphia to visit the infamous Rocky Steps. The trip concluded in New York City where we saw the sights and celebrated the new year of 2016.

Where is your favourite place?

Any place with snow where it is possible to snowboard!

Spending a week in Whistler was enough to call it my favourite place to date. But I am still yet to explore Japan or the Swiss Alps.

What inspires you about your work?

I am inspired by the fact that when a project I have been working on is complete, I can proudly say that I had contributed to its success which makes everyday lives easier in a way. Everyone I have worked with at Mott MacDonald has the drive to complete work to the highest standard and is willing to help which inspires me to produce the best work I can.

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