I am a design engineer working within the infrastructure and highways team. I design below ground drainage and external works for projects such as hospitals, schools/universities, retail and residential units and industrial sites.

My work includes 3D CAD drawings, site visits, report writing and most of all – problem solving. 

I enjoy my job, the opportunities it brings and knowing that we are helping people, one project at a time.

Based Chester
Employer Ramboll

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

I work in Chester for a company called Ramboll.  We have offices around the world and provide services in sectors such as building structures, building services, transport, project management, environmental and marine and energy.    

There are endless opportunities in the construction industry and you'll find something that you enjoy and look forward to each day

Gavin Smith

Infrastructure design engineer

What education route did you take from secondary school to where you are today?

I stayed at my secondary school to complete my AS and A-levels in maths, physics, computing and applied business. From there, I went to Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to study a civil engineering degree for three years. After graduating with a BEng (Hons), I applied for a number of jobs and was offered a position here at Ramboll. The opportunity was perfect for a graduate just starting out in engineering and the location suited me well. I accepted the job offer and haven’t looked back since. 


What is your favourite thing about your job?

 

I love the variety of projects available to me. No two projects are the same and each brings a new challenge. Being able to travel is also up there as one of the best things about working for Ramboll. 


What is the highlight of your day?

 

I love problem solving and thinking outside the box so I would have to say that finding a design solution to a difficult problem is always a highlight. Especially if it is something new that you’ve never worked on before. 


Where do you want your career to take you?

I want my career to give me the skills and knowledge to be able to become a chartered member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), to give me job satisfaction and to expand my knowledge of the world around me. 


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

 

Do it! There are endless opportunities in the construction industry and you'll find something that you enjoy and look forward to each day. If it's design oriented, site based or even research focused, there's always something for you. It’s not just about bricklaying.


Is there anything else you would like to share which would inspire others to follow their chosen career path?

Don’t give up. I almost did when I didn’t get into the university I wanted to. I got offered a place at LJMU and eventually decided to give it a go. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life so far. I enjoy my job, the opportunities it brings and knowing that we are helping people, one project at a time.

When I was in school, I wish someone had told me about all the possibilities and opportunities in the construction industry and given me their honest opinion. 

You get out of a career what you put into it. You almost certainly won’t earn millions and you won’t always work a 9-5 day, but when you see a project after completion, knowing you had a hand in making it happen, you definitely get job satisfaction.