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United Kingdom / Water / Graduate civil engineer

Daniel Owen

Daniel at the Tough Mudder event
Daniel taking part in the Tough Mudder challenge
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Daniel taking part in the Tough Mudder challenge Tough Mudder is an endurance event that tests mental and physical strength!

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 of the active site role you get to play as a civil engineer here.

What is the best thing about your role?

There are plenty of opportunities to form the design myself; in the design and build structure of Mott MacDonald Bentley projects, there are so many possibilities to make your mark.

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.

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 and provide industry-leading treatment to a sewage treatment plant. 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 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.

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, went to Surf Snowdonia and took part in white water rafting down the Bala river. The whole weekend was great fun and was pretty cheap because Mott Macdonald help 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 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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