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Conor MacKay

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Conor visiting London on holiday Here is Conor, standing on Westminster Bridge in front of The London Eye.

Mott MacDonald is a company that shows a great deal of care for the development of their employees.

What made you want to join the industry in the first place?

Growing up I always had an interest in working within the construction industry. One of the main reasons for starting a career in engineering was being able to contribute to the creation of a project. Being able to learn about all of the inner workings and details involved in the construction process on a large scale site from leading experts in the field was an attractive aspect of the role. I believe that the satisfaction involved with watching a large scale structure evolve from nothing is unattainable in any other industry.

How did you go about getting onto your current programme?

On leaving school I applied for a few apprenticeship programmes and in doing so found an advertisement on the Mott MacDonald website. I then researched into Mott MacDonald and found them to be a well-established and respected company within the industry. I therefore sent in my CV and I was invited to attend a test in the Mott MacDonald offices in Glasgow which tested my basic mathematical and English skills. On passing the test I was then invited back for a formal interview. I was tasked with making a mock presentation on the initial design of a bridge in London. Having no prior knowledge of structural or civil engineering I found this presentation to be a challenge but it only aided in progressing my knowledge of the challenges faced by engineers. The presentation was then followed by the interview and a few days later I was informed that I had been successful!

What have you done so far?

So far with the tuition of my colleagues in Mott MacDonald I have gained valuable knowledge and skills. My current role within the Glasgow structures division is as a structural 3D modeller, however, I have been exposed to a range of activities in including hydraulic modelling and traffic surveying. As part of my apprenticeship programme I also attend college part time. Through college I have achieved a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in civil engineering and I am currently working towards my Higher National Diploma (HND) as well as carrying out a vocational qualification.

What do you hope to achieve in your career?

In my career I hope to continue playing an essential role within the teams I work with and continue to expand my knowledge as an engineer and about the construction industry as a whole. I also hope to work on landmarks such as the Manchester Civil Justice Centre to contribute to society.

What do all your mates think of what you do?

My friends all support that starting as a civil engineering technician with Mott MacDonald was the best path for me to choose on leaving high-school. Some of my mates are also striving to achieve a qualification in this industry so they appreciate the opportunities that Mott MacDonald offers to its employees of all disciplines and qualifications.

Where do you think we will see you in ten years’ time?

In ten years’ time I look to be a chartered structural engineer playing a key role in the design and management of my own projects! Achieving the relevant qualifications to become an institutionally recognised technician will set a strong foundation to achieve my goals. Thankfully Mott MacDonald is a company that shows a great deal of care for the development of their employees. This is shown by a variety of training routes available to me to gain an education relevant to my own goals.

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