Since joining the Ground Engineering team in Glasgow in 2013, Monica has enjoyed the opportunity to work on a variety of projects such as the Stockholm Bypass and A9 Dualling. Entering into the company as a graduate. "It was very exciting and I couldn’t wait to learn how to apply my skills in the industry," explains Monica.
Balance between office and site work
Monica was given a good balance between office and site work at AECOM. "I enjoy site work, as I like to see projects in context and how data is collected for project planning and design - from slope inspections to ground investigation supervision," says Monica who has worked on rock slope assessments in the North West Highlands. This involved detailed mapping of roadside rock slopes, assessing if they're potentially hazardous to road users. "I particularly enjoyed this project as it involved investigating data collection techniques, and ultimately, applying my engineering judgement to the final outcome of the project. Understanding complex ground conditions, whether it is natural soft soils or extensive mining, and seeing how these factors can influence the engineering of a project, is one the highlights of the job," says Monica.
Building essential skills
Monica would like to become a chartered geologist. Through her participation in AECOM's Graduate Development Programme, and by working on a variety of projects and having great support within her department, AECOM provides Monica with a strong foundation to build essential skills and further her career in the industry.
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