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Ground Engineering's Graduate Page

Ground Engineering has teamed up with Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering to tackle the acute skills shortage within geotechnics by raising awareness of the masters courses on offer from this September.

Read on to find out how to get the right course and get a job in geotechnical engineering.

Read Ground Engineering's geotechnical Masters course feature from GE February 2008 and get the university listings B-C here, C-I here, I-N here and P-S here.

Career Profile

Claire Garrett joined Pennine in 2003 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a first class honours degree in geography and geology.

She joined the Pennine team as a trainee estimator, working alongside the estimating team on small tenders, but soon progressed to become sole estimator for Scotland and the North East, a role she held for two years. In 2007 Claire was promoted to her current role, business development engineer
for the north.

When asked what was the best thing about her job, Claire said: “Being able to put the knowledge gained during my degree course into practice. I graduated from Manchester University with first class honours three years ago and was fascinated with the sedimentology and geotechnics modules, so it was great to find a career where I could use and develop these skills.

“I work very closely with the clients before the jobs actually begin and I find it really rewarding being able to build strong relationships. I also get to see contracts through their whole life cycle from the feasibility study to the final sign off.”

Company profile

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering has one ambition, to become the leading provider of ground engineering solutions worldwide. Operating in a range of sectors, from rail and healthcare to housing and commercial property, we’re already well on the way, with landmark projects under our belt that include the new Wembley Stadium, King’s Cross redevelopment and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Our growing company consists of three specialist businesses – Stent, Pennine and Testal – that together can provide a broad range of ground engineering services.

Stent offers piling and foundations expertise using a range of techniques that include rotary bored, continuous flight auger, pre-cast driven and retaining wall piling. Stent is also experienced in sustainable piling methods that include pile reuse and geothermal piling.

Pennine is a ground improvement specialist offering displacement techniques that include vibro-stone columns, vibro-concrete columns, dynamic or rapid impact compaction and band drains. Pennine is particularly renowned for its marine vibro capability and for the exceptional power of the Pennine vibroflot rigs built in its own plant factory.

Testal is an established provider of specialist technical services to the construction industry offering pile testing, noise and vibration monitoring and diagnostic testing. As acknowledged experts in pile testing, Testal has set market leading standards for the quality of its UKAS accreditation for dynamic, integrity and sonic-logging testing techniques.

Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering has a number of graduate placements available each year. To find out more about these and other Balfour Beatty placements, visit the graduate pages of the Balfour Beatty website, www.

To find out more about Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, visit

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