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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
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’ve been at Mott Macdonald for 15 months, and I am now a project leader for two projects where we have to improve the effluent quality to meet Environment Agency targets. I have a lot of responsibility and I will be guiding the projects to construction throughout this year. I have also been able to develop my technical skills in hydraulics structural design.

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?

In August 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 go with Naples. I went to a hostel there last year. We watched the Napoli match in the street, the atmosphere was incredible and the fans were so passionate. The city itself has so much culture and history as well as the best pizza in Italy. The nightlife is also great; some of us ended up partying with the students at a big outdoor event against the castle walls.

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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