Site Engineer at Costain

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Southampton South West
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Civil Engineering

7.2/10

The Role

7.8

Organisation

6.2

Socialising

7.5

The Role

Role Description

Summer Placement

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I thoroughly enjoyed my summer placement with Costain, so much so I voluntarily extended it from 9 to 14 weeks!

9/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt like a valued part of the team both during work and outside of work. I was trusted with carrying out tasks on my own and my level of competency was trusted.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Whenever I needed help it was available, however I naturally felt like I learnt more off other colleagues doing my role than my line manager.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Some days were full on without a rest, some were more leisurely. Depends on what work the site had that day - I never felt bored though.

7/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given all the responsibility of a site engineer.

10/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I feel that my placement will not greatly assist with my academic studies, as I feel what I learn at university is a lot of theory and worlds away from what I experienced on site. However it has given me confidence which I can take forward.

5/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Enjoyable but serious. When the work piled on everyone got on and worked well together, was also a jovial atmosphere when the work lulled.

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Well set up, clearly defined job role and management structure.

7/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I have been trained how to use Leica survey equipment and learnt how to set out for construction, I feel the personal development gained on my placement exceeds that of my degree.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
2/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

The grad scheme is an appealing one and there seems to be opportunities for career progression for those who want it.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There was only one other student on my site but we did get on well and are still friends now.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Rent was £115 (subsidised by company) and socialising is fairly cheap.

6/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Good, I had my placement in my university town so enjoyed going to the same places.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

We had a celebration meal for 500,000 safe man hours which I really enjoyed.

8/10