I always knew I wanted a career within the construction industry so I initially studied architecture, however I later realised I wanted to concentrate on the structural elements of the design. Your career is a long continuous journey therefore you should pick something you are passionate about.
“Working in engineering is a fantastic career choice with such a wide variety of specialisms and environments, which means you will never get bored.” Samantha
Name: Samantha Colley
Job title: Works development engineer
Length of time with the Trust: 5 years
Qualifications: BA(Hons) Architecture, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering and MSc Civil Engineering
Once I finished university I applied for a civil engineering technician role and studied for my civil engineering degree part time. Since then I have progressed in my career and completed my master’s degree.
I started my career with the Trust in the North East Waterway, which was a brilliant team to work with and everybody helped me settle in quickly. I was also lucky enough to work within the Trust’s first all female engineering team which was a fantastic experience. Even though we work in different teams today, we remain close friends.
My day generally involves producing permanent and temporary construction designs and assessments for works to be undertaken on the Trust’s assets such as locks, bridges, weirs and culverts. In between that I am the national survey framework contract manager so I facilitate surveys being undertaken for the Trust by our framework contractor.
Working on notable historic assets that have been designed and built by some of the nation’s famous civil engineers and seeing the benefits those projects bring to society make me feel proud to be part of the Trust. In my previous engineering roles I often designed underground assets which were never fully appreciated or recognised, whereas at the Trust these assets are part of our urban and rural landscapes.
Working in engineering is a fantastic career choice with such a wide variety of specialisms and environments, which means you will never get bored. Your career is a long continuous journey therefore you should pick something you are passionate about.
We spoke to Samantha in spring 2017
Last date edited: 14 June 2018