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08 September 2017

Budding civil engineer Alexa Abbot has just completed a second work experience placement at our Manchester office. We spoke to her to discover what she got up to during her time with BWB and what her plans are for the future.

Why did you choose to do work experience at BWB?

"I initially did work experience at BWB in 2016, during the October half-term for a week, as I wanted to gain some experience of civil engineering before I chose this as my career path. I really enjoyed my week, and it confirmed that I wanted to do civil engineering at university. I decided to come back for a month before starting my degree to gain more experience and a further insight into the world of civil engineering."

What have you done during your placement?

"I have undertaken a wide range of tasks over the four weeks including learning how to use CAD and Revit and then being able to use these on current projects. I have also learnt about loadings and piling in the Structures team and drainage and levels in the Transport & Infrastructure team. Everyone has been extremely friendly and very helpful. I have also been able to go out and visit several sites which has been fascinating to see how the work done in the office translates to the work done on-site."

What have you enjoyed most while at BWB?

"I have particularly enjoyed working on real projects and seeing how all the different design stages are completed. I have also really enjoyed becoming more skilled on CAD enabling me to do more on projects."

What are your plans for the future?

"I just finished my A-levels at Altrincham Grammar for Girls and they went well. I got an A in Maths and a B in Geography and Physics. I will shortly be starting at the University of Nottingham at the end of September, studying for an MEng Civil Engineering degree. I plan to complete my degree and then look to become a Chartered Engineer. Whilst at Nottingham Uni, I am particularly looking forward to enjoying their fantastic sports facilities including rowing and horse riding in Sherwood Forest."