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Glenn Armstrong

Glenn Armstrong

Graduate Engineer

Expertise

Construction, Design, Structural

Location

United Kingdom
Career highlights

Moving from N. Ireland to Edinburgh to undertake my apprenticeship

Gaining in confidence and understanding that contributes to the success of my job

Visualising civil engineering theory and practice which has broadened my knowledge

A day in my working life

No two days are the same when it comes to my job. Working in the design office on between 1 and 5 projects at any one time ensures that I stay busy. Tasks can include anything from a simple drawing edit that takes 10 minutes to myself being the lead drafter on a project that can last months.

Sure, there are always challenges that occur, but working closely with professionals such as architects, engineers and project managers, I find that there is always someone within a phone call away that can offer advice and guidance on the task at hand.

I enjoy being able to see what I have contributed to and am able to say with confidence, that I played a role in the design of that project .

what has been a highlight(s) of your apprenticeship?

Being able to take what I learn in university and apply it to real life projects. Being able to visualise the impact that I make on projects is not only satisfying, but it also motivates me to learn more and progress my skills to the next level.

As I only came to Scotland to undertake the apprenticeship, I have found that it is beneficial on both a technical and social level as I have met many great people through both university and work who could potentially turn out to be very important contacts throughout my career.

which civil engineering myth(s) you would like to bust?

Civil engineering and engineers are boring. Safe to say I have busted this myth as I am far from boring. I play for a football team a few times per week and take part in various other social activities each week. I feel that it is important to have a good work/life balance in order to express yourself in a positive way.

Being able to work flexible hours in my office has been extremely beneficial as it allows me to be more flexible with my social life.

what about being a civil engineer inspires you?

Knowing that I am going to contribute to a real life project that could potentially have a great impact on many peoples lives. Once the project has finished on site, I enjoy being able to see what I have contributed to and am able to say with confidence, that I played a role in the design.

what would you say to anyone considering a civil engineering apprenticeship?

Go for it! I was sceptical when I first thought about undertaking the graduate apprenticeship for many reasons; starting a whole new life in a new country, new job, new people, new challenges, but I have so many new opportunities arise.

Being able to undertake a bachelors degree in four years while gaining four years industrial experience will contribute immensely to my career progression, potentially shortening the time it will take to become fully chartered. And I'm gaining some valuable skills and knowledge that doesn’t get taught at university. The main benefit was getting a degree free of cost while also being paid a full-time wage.