Name: Glenn Sage
Degree and university: BEng (Hons) Civil and Coastal engineering, University of Plymouth.
Job Title: Assistant Engineer in the Ports and Marine section at Mouchel, the consulting and business services group.
What do you actually do? I’ve already been involved in many projects both locally in the UK, and internationally in the Middle East and the Dominican Republic. I work on a wide range of port projects including jetty feasibility studies for oil refineries at Coryton, Essex and Stanlow, Ellesmere Port. When I was seconded for six months to Kuwait in 2006, I carried out a coastal protection study for Saudi Arabian Texaco at their Ras-Al-Zour site.
I’m now back in Mouchel’s Kuwait office, conducting a masterplan review and concept design study for a new Container Terminal.
Were you always interested in Engineering as a career? Just like a lot of young people, I didn’t know what career to take when I first started thinking about what to do after school. But I had always been interested in construction, so I started to research different degrees. I was sold the minute I found out about the courses available at the University of Plymouth.
How did you find out about this job? I found out about Mouchel through one of the Honorary Professors at my University. He was also a consultant at Mouchel, and so incorporated a few projects as case studies in his lectures. I thought that this was something I would love to get involved in, and so I’m now in Kuwait working on one of those very projects.
Would you undertake further study to gain promotion? If you mean study as in learning new things, then everybody within the industry is doing it as a part of their continuing professional development. However if there was a course at a university that would benefit me and my department, then I would go back to study.
I am also under agreement with the Institute of Civil Engineers to become a Chartered Member.
What do you like most about what you do and are there any downsides? It gives me an opportunity to work abroad on really exciting projects! Even though I was just a graduate when first seconded to Kuwait, I had the chance to develop my skills by overseeing and managing parts of the project. It was very challenging, but at the same time I had a chance to gain valuable experience.
Sometimes the deadlines for project deliverables can be very short, but that’s what makes it challenging and rewarding when the particular project is completed.
What skills do you think you need to succeed? You have to be detail oriented and have time management skills. There’s so many things happening at the same time and deadlines are extremely tight. One has to be very efficient and flexible to succeed in this area.
What advice would you give graduates entering this sector? Show initiative and try to gain experience wherever and whenever you can. Universities give a lot of opportunities to get involved. Don’t wait to be discovered, but decide which company you want to work for and approach them.