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Understanding careers in civil engineering

Event organised by ICE

Date
12 December 2023
Time
11:00 - 12:15 GMT
Location
Online

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Overview

What comes to mind when you think of civil engineering?

Civil engineering encompasses everything built around us, including roads, railways, schools, offices, hospitals, water, and power supply and much more. All a part of our daily life, which would be very hard to live without, but are also often taken for granted.

Civil engineers design, create and connect the world around us, but how did they become civil engineers and what do they actually do at work?

Hosted by James Kirkham, chair of the ICE East Midlands Education & Inspiration committee, three civil engineers share their own journeys into civil engineering and how they spend their working days.

Attendees will hear from Hayley Jackson, a site agent who attended the University of Nottingham and was an ICE Undergraduate QUEST Scholar, ICE President’s Future Leader and works for Coffey; Peter Richardson a graduate civil engineer from Coventry University working for Mott MacDonald, and Bethany Williamson, a site engineer apprentice working on the HS2 project in Birmingham for Balfour Beatty.

Aimed at sixth form students with an interest in Science, Maths, Engineering or Technology (STEM) subjects, this event is for those who may be considering civil engineering as a career or simply want to find out more about the sector.

Speakers

James Kirkham

James Kirkham

Mott MacDonald

associate

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James Kirkham

James is chair of the East Midlands Committee as well as chair of the East Midlands Education and Inspiration Committee.

James studied an MEng degree in Civil Engineering with Architecture at Leeds University (1996-2000). After completing his degree, James began working for Building Design Partnership as a graduate structural engineer gaining valuable experience in building design and coordination.

In 2004 he moved to Mott MacDonald and became chartered with the IStructE in 2005. Since then he has managed a wide variety of multidisciplinary civil and structural design projects in various sectors, including commercial, healthcare, education, leisure, security and defence.

 

Hayley Jackson

Hayley Jackson

Coffey

ICE president's future leader 2019-20 & site agent

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Hayley Jackson

Hayley graduated with a First-Class Honours master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham in July 2018, receiving the Golden Jubilee and Chris Maxwell Prize for her significant contribution to the department throughout her degree. She was an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Undergraduate QUEST Scholar, sponsored by Taylor Woodrow from September 2014-2018, completing three summer placements on Victoria Dock Portal and Whitechapel Station, both part of Crossrail and the M5 Junction 4a-6 Smart Motorway Upgrade.

In July 2023, Hayley moved into a site agent role with Coffey delivering water infrastructure projects across the Severn Trent Framework, including a reservoir repair in the Peak District and a new pipeline in Nottingham.

Hayley joined ICE East Midlands Graduates and Students Committee in September 2016 as secretary, being elected as vice chair and chair in consecutive years until October 2019. Most recently, Hayley was selected by Paul Sheffield as one of his ICE President’s Future Leaders for 2019-20 and continues to be involved in regional and national committees.

Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson

Mott MacDonald

Civil engineer

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Peter Richardson

Peter is a civil engineer in the highways and light rapid transit team of Mott MacDonald. Following a year in industry in the Birmingham office during his degree, he graduated with an MEng degree from Coventry University in 2019 and re-joined the team.

He has worked on highways and active travel projects all over the UK, ranging from Shetland to Yorkshire, gaining a breadth of experience in highway alignment design, topographical surveys, Civil 3D Design, swept path analysis, traffic sign design, car parks and pavement design.

He has been involved in the ICE Early Careers Network since graduation, planning and organising a range of events and talks, and took the role of chair for 2022-2023.

Bethany Williamson

Bethany Williamson

Balfour Beatty

site engineer apprentice

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Bethany Williamson

Bethany is a site engineer apprentice at Balfour Beatty, working on the HS2 project. She is currently concluding the fourth year of her five-year apprenticeship. A previous member of the design management team, she has experience in design co-ordination, and is now working as site engineer on 3 overbridges for the HS2 railway line near to Birmingham Airport.

For more information please contact:

Jessica Shardlow

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