Knights Brown, sandwich placement
Why did you choose to do a placement; and why here?
I wanted an opportunity to trial the industry and get to know what options are available for a civil engineering graduate. Knights Brown has a great reputation as a company who support placements and graduates. The work they do is very varied and unique making the placement an interesting one.
Describe, in simple terms, what you did on placement
I worked as a site engineer on numerous projects, this role included surveying, quality assurance, health, safety and environmental management and site supervision. The role is immensely reactive, so the responsibility was often all of this and more!
What did you work on?
I enjoyed experiencing civil engineering on site & having the responsibility of an engineer. It set me up well for my final year of study having experienced a lot of what is taught.
What were the highlights; any particular achievements you want to shout about?
The key learning points for me were commercial and management skills; I also built on technical skills taught at university, gained 15 months’ worth of construction knowledge which I can apply to my final year of study.
How will this placement help your career?
The additional knowledge picked up before graduating will help with progression in the early stages of my career including my professional development with the Institution of Civil Engineers. Most notably, it has helped me choose the correct career path within civil engineering.
How did you find about the placement and how did you apply?
This placement was advertised within a seminar delivered by Knights Brown engineers.
How do you feel returning back to Uni after the placement?
The knowledge I have gained through this experience has allowed me to deliver better work in my final year including improved presenting, a key aspect in final year.