Region: South Wales
Apprentice Civil Engineer

Lee joined Dawnus on a Civil Engineering Apprenticeship in September 2014.  After completing his apprenticeship, he enrolled on his HNC Civil Engineering course, which started in September 2016.

What attracted you to Dawnus?

I have a lot of family in the construction industry which automatically made me want to go into the construction game.  Applying to Dawnus was a no-brainer.  Thankfully I landed on my feet by getting an apprenticeship with one of the biggest construction companies in South Wales!  There is a great family atmosphere within the company and such a large company offers job stability.

Tell us about your role, the project you are supporting and the type of work you undertake on a daily basis

I am the Site Engineer on Dawnus’ Lon Las Primary School project.  The scheme is a £9.5 million project in Swansea.  As the engineer on site it is my job to 'set out' from architectural and civils drawings on a day-to-day basis.  The job entails quite a bit of maths as well as the need for good communication skills with the workforce on site.  I also have responsibility for quality assurance and have daily forms to complete to make sure that the building is constructed Dawnus’ high standards. 

How would you describe the life and culture in Dawnus?

Dawnus have a good team of staff working for them which makes it so easy to fit in.  There is a good spirit to work in and there’s an 'everyone helps everyone' attitude around the place.  It’s nice to work with people who are nice.

What training and development opportunities have Dawnus offered you?

I completed my BTEC Civil Engineering as part of my apprenticeship.  I have also completed First Aid and Confined Space training.  I recently attended a week long surveying and setting out course to further my skills on site.  I will now continue my learning on a HNC Civil Engineering course on a day release basis.  The management team have always supported my training and offered any assistance when I needed it.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It’s hugely satisfying.  I recently revisited a site I’d finished earlier in the year and couldn’t help but feel proud of my contributions to the overall project.  It’s great fun working on a site - no two days are the same.

What has been your highlight so far?

Radyr Weir was a project I worked on in Cardiff.  It was a hydroelectric scheme to take water from the Taff and use it to power two turbines to create green electricity.  The entire job was a challenge and working so close to the water was incredibly tough, but the amount I learnt from it was incredible.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of applying to Dawnus?

Do it!  Good company to work for with a great team of staff on board. 

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