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United Kingdom / Buildings / Graduate structural engineer

Fraser Lawless

Fraser in Rome at the Colosseum

"I have had excellent exposure to a wide range of projects"

How has your career developed since joining Mott MacDonald as a graduate?

Since I joined the company in 2013 I have had excellent exposure to a wide range of projects, from wind farms and hydropower schemes to flood risk assessments and building structures. I have particularly enjoyed this variation as it ensures that I am constantly being challenged.

What have been your favourite projects to work on?

The project I have enjoyed the most is the new build Day Centre for Adults with a Learning Disability in Aberdeen. My role on the project was as a civil and structural engineer and our client was the Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership comprised of Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian. This involved structural design of the one storey care centre and office building, alongside drainage design with attenuation tank to meet Scottish Water requirements. The most rewarding aspect of the project was definitely visiting the site on a monthly basis and watching the building rise from the ground and become a reality. When opened, this will ease pressure on the local hospital and benefit local communities.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

In my opinion the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald is the variety of projects, team culture and support which is available to new graduates.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

Having local expertise and knowledge with the support of a global network of experts through effective knowledge sharing.

How has the Mott MacDonald Academy helped your career development?

The Academy has brought key skills and effective methods of working into focus which are applicable in my day-to-day role. This has been done through short, fun refresher sessions, with lots of interaction with other graduates from across the UK.

What advice would you give to current students applying to Mott MacDonald?

Be open to try new things, work in different places and develop as broad a range of knowledge as possible in the early stages of your career. Summer placements on site and in the design office are of great benefit.

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