Adrian Mascarenhas

One of the course highlights is the second year trip to Patterdale in the Lake District. During the Easter break all civil engineering students complete a surveying exercise in the Lake District, and the trip provides a great opportunity to bond with fellow course-mates.

Civil Engineering at Manchester

Like many students, I struggled to choose a career path during my time at Secondary School. After much research, I decided to focus on Civil Engineering because of the balance between innovative design and applied mathematics.

Choosing The University of Manchester was more straightforward as it has an excellent global reputation, particularly in Engineering. Additionally, I really enjoy a city lifestyle but wanted to experience a new place that hopefully wasn't as expensive as London! Manchester is great because it’s not too big, but not small enough for you to get bored.

Work experience

Before attending University I took a gap year and was fortunate to get a placement as a Pre- University Trainee at Arup. Arup are a large multi disciplinary engineering consultancy based in London and I worked in their Geotechnics department for nine months. As part of my experience I worked on a range of projects across the globe, from Scotland to Saudi Arabia, and gained proficiency in a number of software programmes.

It was a great experience as I had previously only considered Structural Engineering and this made me more open to considering the other sub-disciplines of the profession.

Summer internships

I secured summer placements at engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald whilst at University. At the end of my first year I worked with the Bridges Team in Croydon creating a Visual Basic tool to help with bridge assessment, and last summer I worked in the London office with the Buildings Team looking at replacement façade systems and the preliminary design for roof trusses in a new stadium development in North America.

Engineers without Borders

Over the last 2 years I have been heavily involved with the Manchester branch of Engineers without Borders, and I am currently the Projects Coordinator. I have participated in the Outreach education programme, which has hosted workshops for over 10 local schools in the last year. This year has seen the inception of the Professional Network in the North West region which we hope will result in stronger ties between industry and the university branch.

Fieldtrips

One of the course highlights is the second year trip to Patterdale in the Lake District. During the Easter break all civil engineering students complete a surveying exercise in the Lake District. The trip provides a great opportunity to bond with fellow course-mates and although the weather can be changeable, the food is absolutely amazing!

The future

I hope that once finishing university I will be fortunate to join an engineering company and within 4/5 years complete my Professional Chartership which should hopefully lead to work on really interesting and challenging projects.

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