Name: Megan Bonner
Degree and university: Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental), University of Auckland (NZ). CEng MCIWEM.
Job title:LOCOG Utilities Engineer
What do you actually do?
I have held a number of positions in the 3 years that I have been working on the London 2012 project. My initial position was as a water and waste water engineer putting together designs for the supply of temporary potable water and foul water drainage for the contractors building the venues in the Olympic Park. Over time, I progressed on to become design lead of the Temporary Utilities Team, overseeing the design of temporary potable water, foul water, telecoms and high voltage electrical designs. I have also obtained 6 months of invaluable site experience, supervising the installation of the new permanent on the Olympic Park. I am currently working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) as a utilities engineer. This role requires me to confirm utility connections for the temporary overlay e.g. temporary toilets and food stands. I am also looking at sorting out the design requirements to make these connections, as well as providing design support on client queries.
What skills do you need to do that?
The ability to adapt to any situation and work with the information you have to come up with a feasible solution. Communication skills are also essential. I deal with so many different parties on a daily basis that I need to be able to effectively communicate so we can all reach our common goal – creating an amazing Games in London in 2012.
How did you know you wanted a career in engineering?
I went to a careers day when I was at high school where we visited a number of engineering companies to see what their day to day activities involved. From that day on I was sold on being an engineer. I think it was the problem solving that attracted me the most.
What would you like to be doing in ten years time?
Working on another job which inspires me and instills the same feelings of pride on being part of the London 2012 Games!
What’s the best thing about your job?
The team of people I work with – they’re like family.
And the worst?
I would say the biggest challenge is working with so many different groups that have their own goals and objectives– this is when communication and team work skills are key!
What advice would you give new graduates who want a career in engineering?
Every graduate should aim to get some site experience. It gives you a true understanding of how things fit together and work in the field. This enhanced understanding of how things work enables you to put together more practical design solutions that can be constructed in a safe and efficient manner.