This week, we are catching up with Joe, one of the students at St Ambrose, who stepped beyond the classroom to take part in a very real project to bring the Platform Project at Manchester Airport…
What are you studying in college?
DEC, business studies, and film studies
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I hope to do an apprenticeship. I am trying to expand my work experience and industry knowledge and to move into a career in digital engineering. I was introduced to civil engineering when DEC started three years ago, but now I am more interested in digital. DEC is a brand new course. Last year, we created our very own website to log our work.
How is your work experience going at Laing O Rourke?
It is challenging but good. It encourages me to face problems in other things as well as engineering. It is a good opportunity and I would recommend work experience to other students.
What was your initial reaction to the Platform Project?
Initially, I was taken aback by the potential of it. I have never been involved in a professional project outside of school. We were so up for it, and appreciated it from a professional point of view. We all worked well as a team.
What was your own specific role in the team?
We all worked well together as a team. We isolated the targets we needed to meet, and what our aims were. We all had input into overcoming these problems. I helped with Revit software, and working out how we would implement it into the project itself. Revit is the latest in building information modelling software. It creates virtual models of a building. This helps companies visualise building before creating. It can easily isolate problems at an early stage.
What was the biggest challenge?
Meeting deadlines and balancing college work. I had a very large workload at the start of the year, I coped pretty well. I met all the deadlines, but it was very very challenging. We came through well as a team.
We created good strategies to pull it together. We communicated well in and out of school and had organised structures to reach aims and deadlines which we did successfully.
What was the most enjoyable part?
Seeing it all come to life at the event itself. Also, just generally being given a great opportunity to work on something of such a high standard.
What personal growth came from this for you?
It gave me good insight into how a real company works. It showed me how important it is in industry to work as a team towards a common goal. It also gave me experience of putting theory into practice.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to go to the gym to relieve stress. I also like to socialise, go to the cinema with my friends, etc...