University: Plymouth
Degree: Civil & Coastal Engineering
Region/Site: South West - Devonport Dockyard

What attracted you to Dawnus?

The company size and the project locations were an initial attraction as well as the friendly and professional nature of the people. The range of projects the company deals with is very interesting to me.

What were your day-to-day responsibilities?

My responsibilities ranged from keeping a site diary, giving site instructions, taking water samples and sending them to the lab for testing, some building and fixing, setting out control points around site, surveying various boundaries to check for movement, setting out drilling and cutting positions along with various bits of office work and site administration.

What have you gained from your time at the company?

I have gained experience and understanding within the civil engineering field and have a much better idea of what the job of a civil engineer entails on site. I have furthered my ability to work as part of a team and have learned to fulfill a new role liaising between site workers, project engineers and office staff.

What aspects of Dawnus life and culture did you enjoy?

I enjoyed the relaxed and efficient way that the site was run. In larger companies there seems to be a more impersonal feel. However, Dawnus seems to succeed in communicating in a friendly and professional manner.

How has this placement helped with your career planning?

The placement has given me a fantastic insight into the life of a site engineer. I originally thought that consultancy was the pathway that I was going to take but after my time with Dawnus I believe that site engineering would be a better fit and more interesting for me.

What advice would you give to future placement students?

Don't be afraid to ask a lot questions. Give 100% effort to every task. Be alert and understand what is going on around you. Most of all, enjoy it!

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