Katherine Woolley

Katherine Woolley

A good degree in engineering from Manchester shows employers that I'm not afraid to work hard and I can apply myself to a number of different applications.

Senior Tunnel Engineer, AECOM

Studying at Manchester

I loved the city of Manchester, despite the rain! My course mates and hall friends were great as well and whenever I think of Manchester, I think of them first. I love the fact that Manchester is small enough that you can walk from one side of the city to the other but it's still big enough to have lots going on all the time. You can easily get out into the countryside and the bars weren't bad either!

I would definitely recommend studying engineering at Manchester; I had a good mix of studying and socialising.  The University felt very homely and despite the huge number of students, I never felt like just another number.

Background

Straight after University I worked in Spain as an English teacher for about a year and then started work for Mott MacDonald in Croydon, UK as a tunnel engineer. I had worked for Mott MacDonald each summer during University and was asked to join them on graduation.  I was put in the tunnels dept by pure chance the first summer I was there and I've never looked back since.

Getting a foot in the door as a student intern helped me enormously in terms of getting a permanent position within the organisation. 

Whilst at Mott MacDonald I worked in Spain and Iceland and was the lead tunnel designer for the new Crossrail Bond Street station in London. 

My degree

My MEng degree from Manchester has given me a great benchmark - a good degree in engineering from Manchester shows employers that I'm not afraid to work hard and I can apply myself to a number of different applications.

It also meant that I've been able to get chartered - without a Masters degree, getting chartered would have been much harder, and moving to my current role in New Zealand wouldn’t have been as easy for me.

My current role

Katherine Woolley - Senior Tunnel Engineer, AECOM

I moved to Auckland in New Zealand in July 2011 to work for AECOM as a senior tunnel engineer.  My main responsibilities are management, design and construction supervision of tunnels of all shapes and sizes and uses.  I have been involved in the design of storm water, sewage, road and rail tunnels both in New Zealand and internationally. 

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