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United Kingdom / Transport / Civil engineer

Ben Shin

Ben on a visit to Whistlers Mountain.
Ben on his way up to Whistler's Mountain in Jasper.
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Ben on his way up to Whistler's Mountain in Jasper. Ben got to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the Canadian Rockies during his visit!

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

I was looking for a water related graduate civil engineer role in my final year of university. Mott MacDonald was my top choice because of its reputation in the water industry both in the UK and internationally. There was also the added bonus of being close to my then girlfriend (now my wife!) being based in the Cambridge office.

What is the best thing about your role?

The best thing about my role is being able to witness design concepts being implemented and finally transformed into various infrastructures that are beneficial to the society. It is also quite satisfying and fun to spot your projects on Google Earth after a few years. Of course I am not quite “experienced” enough to see my design being demolished yet!

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Friendly and open.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

I joined Mott MacDonald as a graduate engineer straight out of university in 2009. Following a short stint in the Middle East designing a new water supply for several villages, I took on different roles in the next few years working in various sewage treatment upgrade projects in London and East Anglia. After gaining my chartered engineer status, I transferred to the tunnels division to work on the Super Sewer project in London, officially known as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, making my first step into tunnelling whilst keep one foot firmly planted in sewage (metaphorically)!

What makes Mott MacDonald stand out from other companies?

Mott MacDonald’s global presence means that there are good opportunities for staff to gain international exposure. In addition, the saying that “you can change your job without changing the company” definitely applies to a multi-disciplinary consultancy like Mott MacDonald. Speaking from personal experience, I have changed jobs five times in my six years with Mott MacDonald.

Where is your favourite place?

On a Star ferry crossing Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

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