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United Kingdom / Water / Graduate civil engineer

Daniel Owen

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I was looking for a graduate scheme that wasn’t just about being in an office doing technical work. I joined Mott MacDonald Bentley because I was interested in the technical/management/active site role that's on offer as a civil engineer with the company.

What is the best thing about your role?

There are plenty of opportunities to form a design myself. There is a great combination of a free-reign and support that is keeping me genuinely interested in the work I do. In the design and build structure of Mott MacDonald Bentley projects, you get to see your designs being built (and correct any mistakes!)

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

It’s surprisingly nurturing for a big company. I speak to so many people from outside my team and they always have time to help me with my work. The graduate scheme has a lot of valuable courses, such as presentation skills, to build you into a confident young engineer.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

I’m now in my third year here, I’ve been a project leader for some smaller wastewater jobs and now I’m one of three designers tackling a £14m project to upgrade a large sewage treatment works to meet new UK government and EU permits. I’m managing sub-contractors, producing designs and reacting to challenges on site; the range of learning is great for my chartership development.

What makes Mott MacDonald stand out from other companies?

A lot of big companies have a lot of resources, but it’s the way that Mott MacDonald Bentley uses them that makes it stand out. I think graduates are given a lot of funding for development with the Academy programme; something I have seen some of my friends in other engineering firms miss out on. Within Mott MacDonald Bentley, I've noticed how a hard work ethic within contracted hours is favoured, with overtime seen as a bad thing and incursion onto a healthy work-life balance.

What has been your favourite Mott MacDonald social event?

Last summer, our sports and social club organised a trip to Wales. We camped by the beach and went white water rafting down the Bala river. The whole weekend was great fun and was pretty cheap because Mott Macdonald helped to subsidise sports and social events.

Where is your favourite place?

I’d say Glastonbury. I was lucky enough to go to the 2017 festival with the fantastic weather. The whole place is a playground of music, circus and fun. The effort that is put into that place to create the stages is incredible, especially the buildings of Block 9 and Shangri La. It’s the kind of place where you’ll always find something to do; I even got to have a go on the trapeze in the circus field. I’m pretty sure I’ll go back there.

What inspires you at work?

It can sometimes be hard to motivate yourself in an office job, but when you work for Mott MacDonald Bentley the results are clear to see as the project moves through the design process. The best thing is getting the project to site and seeing all your hard work get constructed.

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