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Arcadis is engineering heroes like Assistant Engineer, Amy Carter

Arcadis is engineering heroes like Assistant Engineer, Amy Carter

 May 28, 2021

International Women in Engineering Day provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance of engineering careers, while celebrating the outstanding work and contribution of women engineers.

At Arcadis, their many talented women engineers are reflective of the society and communities they serve.

International Women in Engineering Day celebrates Arcadis talent and below we hear from Amy Carter, an Assistant Engineer in the Water Management & Resilience team – part of Arcadis’ service delivery that helps create and manage sustainable places where people can thrive.

Arcadis women engineers put sustainability at the heart of everything they do

Arcadis knows that every human deserves a clean, safe environment in which to live. People all around the planet are realising that our natural world is being threatened, and that’s why now more than ever, businesses and governments recognise the need to incorporate environmental concerns into their decision making. And, with sustainability at the heart of everything Arcadis does, their focus is on maximizing their impact aimed at improving quality of life. 

Water Management & Resilience is a great area to work in

Arcadis diversity careers

Meet Amy Carter, an Assistant Engineer in the Water Management & Resilience team at Arcadis. She primarily focuses on three types of assets - canals, rivers & reservoirs - but her work can include all kinds of structures associated with those assets: from reservoir embankments to canal towpaths, historic locks and aqueducts to river weirs and fish passes. 

"It’s a pretty varied sector, and the types of projects I work on reflect that," remarks Amy. "I can be involved at any stage of the asset lifecycle - from developing a concept and designing a new structure, to inspecting existing structures and designing repairs, through to advising on long-term strategies for the management of these assets, including the refurbishment or removal of structures."

Having a direct impact on local communities

The Arcadis ethos is ‘improving quality of life’, and Amy knows this encapsulates her work within the Arcadis Water Management & Resilience team. "As civil engineers, our work has a direct impact on local communities, so it’s really important to not only deliver great outcomes for our clients but those communities too. Ultimately, they are the end-user of our projects and we have a responsibility to them to add value and build better for the future," explains Amy.

Solving real-world problems

Amy chose to study engineering because she wanted to combine the more technical subjects that she enjoyed at school with the chance to be creative and use her knowledge to solve real-world problems. It is putting the theory into practice that Amy finds the most rewarding, especially when she gets to see a design that she has worked on come to life and begin to make an impact on people’s lives.

Women are making important contributions to the industry

Amy Carter, Arcadis, WICE awards

Amy was recently nominated by her team for the Best Young Woman Engineer award at the Women in Construction & Engineering (WICE) Awards. "It was such an honour to be recognised and I am proud to have been selected as a Finalist," comments Amy. "The opportunity to reflect on my career so far and to connect with further women in the industry has been really rewarding, and it was encouraging to see the diverse and important contributions that women are making to our industry."
International experience is appealing.

Amy is currently focused on becoming chartered with the Institution of Civil Engineers, as well as continuing her commercial and project management training. "Then what?" the Where Women Work team asks Amy. "We’ll see," she says. "I’m not one for setting too strict a path as you never know what opportunities might be around the corner. One of the great things about working for Arcadis is the flexibility across the organisation and the support for young professionals, so I hope to take advantage of that by gaining some international experience and getting involved in the various development initiatives the company has to offer."

Considerable industry support for women engineers

When asked about how has the world of engineering has changed for women, Amy comments that: "Being only a few years into my career it is hard for me to make a comparison, but I do get the sense that the industry is making it a priority to support women in engineering. There’s still a long way to go and it’s not always easy, but I’m glad to be here and to be making my voice heard."

Women in engineering support and campaigns 

The best advice Amy provides for further women considering a STEM career is to reach out to other women in the industry and speak with them. "The collective knowledge, wisdom and experience of women can certainly help figure out if a certain career is the right fit for you. And the conversation doesn’t necessarily even need to be in person. There are loads of useful online activities, such as the 'I’m an Engineer Get Me Out of Here' programme, as well as groups like the Women’s Engineering Society and, of course, the International Women in Engineering Day campaign.

Interested in a Water or Environment related career with Arcadis?

Arcadis is always looking for passionate professionals who are looking to make a real impact on the world. Become an Arcadian and maximize your impact in creating a more sustainable world.

Here are just a few of the roles available at Arcadis, within the water and environment team: 

  • Geo Environmental Consultant
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Project Manager
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Civil Engineer
  • Ecologist
  • Ground Investigation Consultant

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