I work for Network Contracting Services which is the contracting arm of the Caerphilly County Borough Council.

We work on highway improvement schemes such as footway and carriageway resurfacing, safe routes in communities, car park construction, surface preservation and car park resurfacing.

We also work on community based projects like housing developments, schools’ playground work, roundabout construction, pedestrian crossings, drainage, landscaping, traffic calming, highways maintenance, cemetery work, road construction and winter maintenance functions. 

A career in construction can be very rewarding both personally and financially as its diversity is enough to have a role to suit almost everyone’s needs.

Based Caerphilly
Employer Caerphilly County Borough Council

How did you get into construction?

After I finished my A-levels, I decided to do my degree part time, whilst working alongside it to achieve a BEng (Hons) with a first class result. I’m currently doing my Master’s degree part time in Civil Engineering and Environmental Management. 

I get to see the daily progression and development of schemes where the final outcome actually improves the highway, and so in turn benefits the user.

Craig Miles Fletcher

Highways Engineer

Tell us a bit more about what you do.

There are quite a few aspects to my role; I implement works contracts, which includes supervising resources. I have control of annual allocated budgets and I also act as site engineer/site manager when implementing works on a project. I deal with the economic planning aspect of projects and the control of allocation of plant, labour and materials, including supervising and controlling sub-contractors.

On the site, I have to take detailed measurements of the site, compile site records, monitor jobs happening on site, look at job costings, financial records, and I also have to certify invoices and extras that may occur on site.

Other parts of my role include undertaking survey engineering applications, which means setting or marking out works to be done and quality compliance of works and ‘snagging’ lists. There are also scheme and contract estimations that need to be done, which includes rate breakdowns and bills of quantities.  

As part of my job, I have to undertake customer care duties, which include being a part of the ‘around the clock’ emergency rota just in case something happens and an engineer is needed, and also to organise the operation of the winter maintenance service, so that everything keeps working in the colder months. I cover for the contracts supervisor when it’s required, and I help to manage and monitor the health and safety on projects.

There’s quite a lot of liasing that’s involved with my role, between clients, contractors, sub-contractors and supervisors, and training junior members of the team, including student and graduate engineers. I also have to prepare tender documents and issue variation orders and job tickets – so there are quite a few aspects to my role.


What do you love about your role?

It’s great to overcome challenging situations and to find solutions for issues that may arise in a project. Another great aspect of my job is that I get to see the daily progression and development of schemes where the final outcome actually improves the highway, and so in turn benefits the user.

 

 


Where do you want your career to take you?

My aim is to become a reliable, well respected and experiences Chartered Engineer, working on major multi-million pound projects.


What would you say to someone thinking about a career in construction?

A career in construction can be very rewarding both personally and financially as its diversity is enough to have a role to suit almost everyone’s needs.