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United Kingdom / Water / Graduate engineer

Joe Newhouse 

 

Propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa while on holiday in Tuscany. Following a few days in the city of Florence, my wife and I stopped off at this geotechnical mishap before heading home.
Joe propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa while on holiday in Tuscany.
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Joe propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa while on holiday in Tuscany. Propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa while on holiday in Tuscany. Following a few days in the city of Florence, my wife and I stopped off at this geotechnical mishap before heading home.
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Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I wanted to work on large engineering projects that can make a positive difference to society. As a geotechnical engineer at Mott MacDonald I have had this opportunity on projects ranging from transportation projects in the UK through to irrigation projects in Pakistan.

What is the best thing about your role?

I am currently the geotechnical design team leader for a £150m upgrade to a major wastewater treatment works in the north of England. The project is currently one of the largest piling jobs in the UK, and I have enjoyed working closely with the client to make sure we deliver efficient foundation designs in line with a tight programme.

What advice would you offer to those looking to work at Mott MacDonald?

Technical skills are important, but it is just as important to demonstrate an understanding of the markets that Mott MacDonald work in, and the clients that Mott MacDonald works for.

How have you been supported whilst working at Mott MacDonald?

I am about to go and study part-time for an MSc in ‘Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology’ at Imperial College London. I was granted a scholarship by the ‘Mott MacDonald Charitable Trust’ to undertake the study.

Are you involved with any charities or do any volunteer work?

Through Mott MacDonald a colleague and I took part in the ‘Engineering Education Scheme’. The scheme comprised running a yearlong after-school engineering project aimed at encouraging sixth form students at a London school to consider a career in engineering. The project we led was a mock hydropower feasibility study, and included a trip to Southampton University to create a physical model of the hydropower dam.

Where is your favourite place?

The French Alps. I really enjoy going skiing with friends and family; it’s good exercise, with good food, in good company. And then at the end of August this year I’m heading out for a summer trip of hiking and cycling, and more good food.

 

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