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Ryhan Ruf

Ryhan Ruf

Trainee civil engineer, BAM Nuttall Ltd




United Kingdom
My highlights

Working on projects for local authorities and making a positive difference

Stepping out of my comfort zone and taking on new challenges

Achieving the engineering technician qualification with the ICE (EngTech MICE)

A day in my life

Each day is unique, and the tasks are varied, which makes it more enjoyable.

In my role as an engineer onsite, I engage in a range of activities, including: 

  • surveying using a wide range of equipment;
  • running quality control checks to ensure compliance with standards and specifications;
  • maintaining a detailed site diary documenting all onsite activities;
  • creating AutoCAD models; and
  • collaborating with the design team

For me, being a civil engineer means applying my skills to help shape a sustainable future while having a meaningful impact in people's lives.

Which individual project or person inspired you to become a civil engineer?

It’s not a single project or individual. I’ve always been intrigued and curious about how structures like bridges, roads, tunnels and dams work.

They play an important part in our daily lives all while connecting communities.

Through my travels, especially in less developed countries, I witnessed first-hand the vital role infrastructure plays in improving the lives of people.

This sparked a passion in me to become a civil engineer, driven by the belief that well-designed structures can create positive and lasting impacts on society.

Beginning with meaningful impacts in my community, I aspire for my contributions to go beyond local borders. 

We asked Ryhan…

I chose to do an apprenticeship because …

I chose to do an apprenticeship because it offers hands-on learning experience and I believe that learning by doing is the most effective way to obtain skills.

The opportunity to earn while learning is a considerable benefit.

The combination of theoretical knowledge and on-the-job experience is unique. It helps to build a robust skill set, something which was an attraction for me. 

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

The apprenticeship route is the best way to kickstart your career.

You get to work closely with a mentor who guides and supports your development as well as gaining hands-on experience in the field.

An apprenticeship isn’t just a job, it's a transformative learning journey – one that is enjoyable, engaging and boosts your career!

Name one civil engineering myth you’d like to bust.

A common myth is that civil engineers only work in outdoor settings.

A significant portion of the work is carried out in office environments, where we engage in planning, design, analysis and project management.

What motivated you to become a professionally qualified Engineering Technician with ICE?

Attaining membership with the ICE was an early personal goal for me.

Becoming an engineering technician gives you a recognised stamp of approval for your skills by the most prestigious organisation in the industry. 

This was something I was keen to achieve! 

What does / will EngTech MICE / IEng MICE status mean for your career?

The qualification is globally recognised and offers valuable benefits including access to resources, industry credibility, networking opportunities and skill enhancement.

The qualification shows commitment to doing engineering work with high standards and making a positive impact on society – values that are important to me.

Complete this phrase: I’m a civil engineering apprentice, but I’m also …

A traveller, sportsperson and a philanthropist.