Meet the Apprentices...

Rebecca Munro

Company: Mott MacDonald
Apprenticeship Programme
Civil Engineering Advanced Technician Apprenticeship

What do you enjoy most about your work?
The best thing about my role is the team who I work with. I enjoy working alongside a range of skilled and experienced people as I feel this develops my career due to sharing their experiences, problems and how these issues have been resolved in the past. The culture here encourages each and every person to progress their career, widen their knowledge and continuously develop their professional skills and experiences. You will always have support at Mott MacDonald; whatever you need it with.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
I haven’t been here long however I have assisted my colleagues in several projects. I have recently just done reporting and analysis of existing track alignments and will soon be starting on gauging and clearances. This will be a lengthy project which will require all members of our team to participate. 

What does a typical day at work involve?
My typical day involves using Microstation and Bentley Rail track to analyse existing track and also create new alignments. These reports are then imported into Microsoft Excel, ready for analysis. Microsoft word is also used whilst creating reports to be sent to clients and Clear route is also used in the office. 

What do you see as the biggest challenges in your job?
My biggest challenge has being starting the job knowing nothing and having to get to grips with all the knowledge and standards you are required to know. There is so much information to learn and at times can be quite daunting, however I work with a very understanding team who help you to learn things correctly but slowly without over-facing you. 
What made you choose to do an Advanced Technician Apprenticeship?
I chose to do an Advanced Technician Apprenticeship because of the advantages which come with it. I feel the balance between educational training and gaining relevant work experience is invaluable to career progression. I also felt that I would actually gain a better understanding of the industry due to work experience gained whilst earning an income rather than attending university.

What are the benefits?
I chose to train as a civil engineer with Mott MacDonald because of the huge impact civil engineering has on society and the satisfaction of seeing tangible results of your hard work.  Not only that, but civil engineering offers a flexible, well-rewarded and diverse career with the chance to work and travel all over the world. By choosing an apprenticeship means that you are learning every day, gaining the vital work experience required, whilst earning money at the same time which is always a bonus! 

What are your future plans?
Once I have achieved my Level 3 NVQ and my 3 year apprenticeship with Mott MacDonald I aim to gain my EngTech by sitting my professional review. I would like to continue with my professional development within the civil engineering industry by achieving my level 4 and 5 with Mott MacDonald, as a further day release programme before hopefully gaining my degree and becoming a Chartered Engineer.
What do you enjoy doing outside work?
Of course entering full time work is a huge change to been at college and having much more free time, and this is why it is so important to continue ensuring you still give yourself time to do what you enjoy. Outside of work I enjoy seeing my family and partner, spending time at home and being outdoors with my horses and dogs.  
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