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United Kingdom / Transport / Chartered engineer

Jessica Serrano

Jessica on a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I first heard about Mott MacDonald during the careers fair at my University, which led me to some research on the company and its projects. This prompted me to apply for a summer internship in the tunnels division. This was very successful and I ended up being offered a full time position when I finished my degree in 2009.

What is the best thing about your role?

I am involved in the planning and design of large infrastructure projects that will change the way people live, for the better.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Even though we are a global firm, and my division is world leading, it still feels like a small ‘family’ company where I have friendly access to experts in the field.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

I joined in 2009 and worked on feasibility studies for Bank London underground station. I then joined the London power tunnels team and spent a few years on site seeing the project come to life. I was then part of the Crossrail stations team and carried out detail design. This range of experiences helped me to get chartered with the ICE and I am now leading the feasibility studies to improve Old Street London underground Station.

How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

I have worked for Mott MacDonald for 6 years and my proudest moment was seeing the London power tunnels TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) breakthrough at the end of an 8km journey through the centre of London. What was a line on a map and some drawings became a real tunnel that will secure power supply to the whole of London for generations to come.

What is your favourite pastime?

I love travelling and trying new food; my favourite pastime is to plan the next adventure, I think Chile is next!

Where is your favourite place?

Anywhere sunny by the sea, preferably in Spain! There’s nothing better than having Spanish food by the beach.

What inspires you at work?

How seemingly impossible tasks, like fitting new tunnels in an incredibly tight environment, next to fragile infrastructure, below sensitive historical buildings is achieved by everyone coming together and working to find new solutions through clever ways to make them work!

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