I manage the workers on site, to ensure they build the job to the design. I’ll raise any technical queries to the designer, to aid construction.

I’ll also carry out quality inspections, and use my surveying skills to check setting out and levels. 

Working in construction is a very exciting and rewarding career to go into.

Based Watford
Employer Taylor Woodrow

What company do you work for and what do they do?

I work Taylor Woodrow, who is the Civil Engineering arm of Vinci, which is a construction company.

You get to work with a great variety of people to create something that will benefit society.

Ellie Shirley

Site Engineer

How did you get into construction?

I went to university and got my MEng Civil Engineering degree, and I was very fortunate as I was a sponsored student for Vinci, which meant that I got to work every summer with them. After I graduated, I joined the Taylor Woodrow graduate programme. 


Tell us a bit more about what you do.

I manage the workers on site, to ensure they build the job to the design. I’ll raise any technical queries to the designer, to aid constructability. I’ll also carry out quality inspections, and use my surveying skills to check setting out and levels. 


What do you love about your job?

Saying ‘I built that’! And also the variety of people that I get to work with, and being able to solve problems on site. 


Where do you want your career to take you?

My main ambition is to project manage a construction project. 


Any advice for someone thinking about a career in construction?

Working in construction is a very exciting and rewarding career to go into. You get to work with a great variety of people to create something that will benefit society.

Something I’m really proud of is that I helped construct the half dome attached to Kings Cross Railway Station – so it’s been great to take my family and friends there and say ‘I built that!’, as well as watching members of the public admiring the structures and taking photos.