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  • Role: Assistant Structural and Geotechnical Engineer
  • Degree: PhD Civil Engineering

Mark Glendinning

Who do you work for?

I am an Assistant Structural and Geotechnical Engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff. The firm provides strategic consulting, planning, engineering, and programme and construction management services to both public and private sector clients.

What do you actually do?

I work on structural and geotechnical projects both locally and nationally in the UK as well as the occasional international project. I am part of a team which designs and assesses structures including road, rail and pedestrian bridges as well as foundations, retaining walls and piling. Pretty much anything that resembles a structure either above or below the ground would cover the type of work that I am involved with.

Why did you decide to go into infrastructure?

I decided to go into the infrastructure sector as I was fortunate to have experience there as part of two summer placements with PB. Having enjoyed the work during the placements I decided that the opportunities and type of work offered would be exciting and challenging.

What do you like most about what you do?

The best thing about what I do is the variety of the work that I have undertaken. In the time that I have been with PB the work that I have been given is very rarely the same and continues to be interesting.

Are there any downsides?

There are not many downsides which spring to mind, but if pushed to name one it would be the occasional long hours that you are sometimes faced with, but you have to take the ups with the downs in this industry.

What do you think are the most important skills/strengths for your job?

As an engineer the best skill I took away from university is the ability to problem solve. Civil engineering is all about solving problems and being able to approach a problem and find a solution on your own – it’s extremely rewarding.

What would be your best piece of advice for graduates wishing to come into this sector?

There is always a need for infrastructure and because of the many different flavours that it comes in you will always be faced with varied and challenging structures to keep pushing and developing your skills.

Would you undertake further training to further your career?

Yes I would. Training is an important part of your professional development and you need to have the skills and expertise to allow you to keep progressing.

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