Route to the job: After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a geology degree in 1998, I spent the summer working for Soil Mechanics where I gained experience in the soil laboratory, the office and in the field. I then took an MSc in engineering geology at Imperial College. During my masters course I developed an interest in contaminated land and urban regeneration and decided to apply for work in the site investigation industry. I began working for LBH Wembley as a project engineer in October 1999 and have been involved in a number of projects ranging from contamination assessments and remediation to foundation design.
Typical day: I could spend the day in the field with a JCB digging trial pits or go to a client meeting in the centre of town; every day is different. Days in the office involve writing letters and reports, speaking to clients or contractors or collating background information for future jobs. LBH is a small company and each engineer is responsible for his or her own projects. This means that we can be called back to site at a moment's notice, but it also gives us complete control and allows us to see a job through from the initial stages of a desk study to development.
Highs and lows: I enjoy the fact that every project is different, from the design brief to the ground conditions, and involves working with all sorts of people. It is also very fulfilling to be involved in all stages of a development. On the other hand this job is not so much fun in the winter and traffic can be a nightmare at any time of year.
Ambitions: I have been given the opportunity to learn more about the risks involved in contaminated land projects and would like to further my interests in urban regeneration. My next academic goal is to become chartered but I still have so much to learn.
Advice: You need to be able to mix with clients, colleagues and contractors alike. Be enthusiastic and take on responsibility when it is offered, but remember that you can always ask for advice.