A Day In The Life Of A Design Engineering (Rail) Apprentice
Posted: 8th of March 2017 by Nerys Montana
Lois Medley - Design Engineering (Rail) Apprentice
Joined the business 2016
Description of what you do (examples of day to day duties):
I started working at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as part of their rail team back in September 2016. Once a week I attend South Thames College for a BTEC Level 3 Building Services course. I get to spend the rest of the week in our Devonshire Square office with my colleagues learning how to design rail stations through CAD work and google sketch art.
Current or recent project example: Crossrail Tottenham Court Road.
Why did you chose to leave school:
After speaking to family, teachers and friends, I decided to go for an apprenticeship rather than going to sixth form, and I have never looked back. I’m more of a practical learner, so it’s proving to be much more rewarding and challenging to me than seating in a classroom attempting to solve questions in an exam paper, as I would’ve had to do I if had chosen to attend sixth form or college.
Why did you get into design engineering and what do you enjoy most about it?
I really like what I do and I learn something new every day. It’s always different and I get to work on real things like buildings and stations that people will be able to use and one day when I walk into a station I can say, I’ve designed that.
Why do you think apprenticeships are important?
It gives you experience, qualifications, and they can get you to go far. It’s a good start to a career.
How did you find out about apprentices? And the one at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff?
I heard presentations at school about apprenticeships and I watched videos online to learn more about it. I also had support from my family who encouraged me to do an apprenticeship. Funnily, I had a friend working at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in London who told me about engineering and doing an apprenticeship in rail over here and it sounded really interesting. I watched videos online to learn more about Crossrail in particular and it was really inspiring to see all the girls profiled on their website, which made me want to start working in rail even more.
Why would you recommend an apprenticeship?
Yes definitely! I am very grateful for my apprenticeship with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and I have been greatly privileged to work with the company and see such great things already. I feel like I have achieved so much in such a little amount of time, so I can’t imagine what I will have done and achieved by the end of my apprenticeship, but I look forward to it and I can’t wait to see what my future as a design engineer with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff holds.