Introducing Daniel Hubbard, Graduate Engineer in Birmingham
Daniel is a Graduate Civil Engineer in our Birmingham office. After joining Woods Hardwick in September 2021, he reflects on his time with the company so far, and how the varied work across multiple sectors and regions, is keeping him busy – and inspired!
Can you tell us about your career path to date?
I studied an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. During the course I completed work experience at a highways office, where I got an insight into highway design (legislation and technical design).
Why did you want to become a engineer?
I love working on projects that will have a direct benefit to local communities. I also enjoy working as part of a wider project team, all contributing to a common goal. You get to understand different parts of the project and all the important components needed to deliver it successfully.
What stood out about Woods Hardwick when you were considering your graduate options?
Woods Hardwick’s work in the residential sector really interested me. Coupled with this, I wanted the opportunity to work on projects both across the Midlands and in other parts of the UK. As Woods Hardwick’s head office is in Bedford as well as an office in London, we also get involved in many projects across the South East.
What do you enjoy about working here?
After joining a few months ago I feel I’ve now really settled in to Woods Hardwick. Going out with the whole team to our work Christmas party at the NEC Birmingham definitely helped and I enjoyed getting to know colleagues outside of the normal office environment. Everyone here is welcoming and friendly which has made it easy and natural to feel part of the team.
What are the stand out projects you have worked on so far?
I’ve recently completed a Due Diligence phase 2 design – road and sewer design, and house levels – for a site in Hitchin. I applied what I learned from a recent road design training course and enjoyed implementing this for a live project.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I’m keen to develop my current skillset and in five years time I would like to be playing a bigger part and also taking a lead on engineering projects. I also want to progress towards achieving chartered engineering status! I am excited about honing my skills and applying what I’ve learned from the PDS introduction course to future work in road and sewer design. PDS is a computer-aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE) application for plant design, construction, and operations. It would be great to do further training in this software.
What would you recommend to any budding engineers? How do they make themselves stand out?
For me, it’s about three key areas – at least as the starting point:
- Get experience in the field
- Be authentic
- Research the industry and be up to date on the latest news!