Elisabeth Green, 27, is an Architectural Engineering graduate from Cardiff University. She works for cunsulatncy firm Price & Myers and is involved in the design side of the business.
What do you do in your job?
As an engineer at Price & Myers my job involves a lot of communication work with other members of the design team. Whether I am chatting with architects or builders about design details over the phone or providing sketches for meetings, it is important to keep the whole team involved all the time. The firm covers a varied amount of work from domestic-scale jobs to multi-million pound projects. However, it is also known for taking on more creative projects that other firms wouldn’t do, and that can be very interesting.
What gets you out of bed?
I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a design I’ve worked on actually come to fruition. I like working on the smaller, domestic-scale jobs because there is an immediacy to them as they get built fairly quickly whereas some large projects can take up to five years to be completed.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
We design with lots of different materials like timber, concrete and masonry, and for a project to be successful you have to optimise the use of these materials and reduce costs. Sometimes it can be difficult to do this and you can’t always manage to pull it off.
Advice to readers considering a career in your field:
Engineering is long term and there are many roles available in it. You don’t always find the right position for you straight away but stick with it! Look at magazines and take note of the buildings being made around you and see what interests you. Find out who is involved in that project – they are probably the companies you should apply to.