A technician member of the ICE has become the first ever Eng Tech Fellow of the Institution.
Mike Field, who works as senior works superintendent at Costain, has had an impressive 40-year career that began with a five-year apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner.
Field joined Costain in 1976 as a foreman, rising steadily through the ranks of the company. He has worked on many high profile projects such as the High Speed 1 Contract 105 at London’s St Pancras Station, the Jubilee Line Extension and the Newbury bypass.
In his present role at the Riverside energy-from-waste facility in south east London, he is responsible for managing and co-ordinating all on-site activities.
“Various people said they were surprised I didn’t apply for Fellowship because my submission was well up to that standard,” said Field.
Given his unique position as the sole Eng Tech Fellow, Field has also been invited to become a reviewer of prospective technician members.
ICE membership director David Lloyd-Roach said technicians were often under-recognised within the industry. “The ICE is working hard to promote the significance of the role technicians perform. It is fantastic to have our first Engineering Technician Fellowship awarded and we are sure Mike will be a role-model for other technician members.”
ICE Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the civil engineering profession or who have advanced the practice of engineering.