Student Site Engineer at Laing O'Rourke

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Edinburgh Scotland
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Construction/Trades

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7.1/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
6.8

Socialising

5.8

The Role

Role Description

Site engineer
Setting out, dimension control, materials, drawings and document analysing and organisation

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

I had an amazing first summer placement with Laing Orourke. I had never worked on a construction site before so I learned so much during my time spent there. My colleagues were all friendly and helpful and there were other students there who made the experience even better.

9/10

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

I felt valued and respected by my colleagues who engaged in conversation about their work when asked question. They were very helpful in giving advice about the job at hand and about my career in general. When I was helpful, I was thanked for my contributions

7/10

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

I was paired with a site engineer who I shadowed during my placement. She was great at answering my questions and took the time to help me in developing my own skills in surveying. There were a few other staff who I worked closely with, was given tasks and learned from their expertise.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

During a 9-10hr day I was kept busy with a range of tasks. Some days were busier than others and in quieter times I took that time to read, learn and record what I had done during my placement. Sometimes the work was unpredictable and I always asked if there were jobs to be done and I was given direction of what to do.

9/10

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

As an inexperienced engineer, just finished 1st year of university I was understandably not given a great amount of responsibility initially however over time as my confidence grew I was able to contribute more. Marking out points and setting out for concrete pours, filling in inspection checklists and doing calculations.

5/10

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

These skills will develop over the course of my degree. I have learn an invaluable amount about what its like to work in the industry and I now have an understanding of what it means to be a civil engineer; something I didn't really know before studying civil engineering!

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was friendly and there was a sense of there being a team within the office. There was very little friction aparant between colleagues and the majority all took pride in their work and got on well with others

6/10

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

The placement was set up well as I was assigned someone who would mentor me and this made a huge difference because I had that person to shadow and ask for help. There was a student placement program which was well organised and allowed me to meet other people working for laing orourke as well as develop my presentation skills during a trip to Dartford, near London which was a great opportunity.

7/10

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

The company had a checklist of competencies which helped to track my progress and allow me to consider ways of gaining more skills. The colleagues were happy to spend some time in training me, teaching me about the company and the industry
I felt as though the company had invested in me when the students were sent to London to meet other people in the business and work on developing our skills

6/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • There were no perks with this Internship
5/10

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

very appealing and I am looking forward to hopefully working with them in the future

10/10

Social

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

There was a very good social scene with other students which was very helpful

5/10

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

In the heart of Edinburgh it is expensive, I lived at home near Glasgow and commuted in

5/10

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

The nightlife was good, on Fridays after work we socialised at a local pub before heading home and on one evening I went to the Fringe festival with colleagues who I hadn't got to know before

9/10

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

There were not many opportunities as everyone worked long shifts and commuted home

4/10

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