Meet the Apprentice...
Morgan Cain


Age: 23
Company: Mouchel

Why did you want to be an engineering apprentice? 
The built environment is something that has always interested me. I have always wanted to know more on how structures such as the PETRONAS towers in Malaysia were built and how a local bridge was repaired. In engineering, I have the opportunity to learn how these were completed and be involved with a variety of projects since joining Mouchel Infrastructure Services.

How are you progressing?

When I came to work for Mouchel I had no experience of any process used in engineering. Now I use AutoCAD on a daily basis, I provide support to the design engineers and have found innovative ways to speed up some processes continuously improving the team’s delivery of schemes. 

I have gained some experience in surveying using two methods, with benchmarks, an automatic level and a staff and the modern method using GPS and total station. 

I am proud to be shortlisted for the Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Award for Engineering and achieving promotion in my first year of working for Mouchel.

What projects have you worked on? 
I have worked on a variety of projects supporting investigation and design teams. These include a Highways Agency Pinch Point Programme scheme at Splatford Split on the A38 just outside Exeter, Devon, valued at approximately £9.5 million, as well as a large drainage improvement scheme at Innis Downs on the A30 at Bodmin, Cornwall, valued at approximately £3.2 million.
I also got the opportunity to work on the clean water network, where I undertook pressure logging on the South West Water network.

Studying at College
As part of my agreement with Mouchel, I am studying a BTEC Level 3 in Civil Engineering; this is completed on a day release basis at the local college. I successfully completed my first year achieving a merit, I am currently in my second year of the course and am aiming to achieve a distinction this year; this will then allow me to carry on my studies further.

What are the benefits?
For me I find that I learn much better when what I am learning is applied, so an apprenticeship was ideal. I am able to apply what I learn in college to actual schemes and use the experience of work to help answer some of my assignment questions. In addition I find I have support to assist with my college course by asking an experienced engineer for help, should I find a learning activity challenging.

Completion of Apprenticeship
Upon the successful completion of my apprenticeship I am looking to extend my knowledge further by undertaking a part time Foundation Degree in Civil Engineering, with the option to upgrade it to a Bachelor Degree. I am also looking at gaining a professionally accredited qualification with either the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) or the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
 
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