Thinking about a career in the construction, surveying or building services industry? Former Construction student Richard shared more with us about his career after completing his College qualification and what his role involves with the Environment Agency.

Why did you choose to study at the College?

Having worked in the construction industry for over 20 years, I felt it was the correct time to gain qualifications relevant to the experience I have gained.

Tell us more about your role, what does it involve?

I currently work for the Environment Agency and have done since 2015. Starting on the ground working with the field operation team conducting maintenance, being on call and reacting to various flood and pollution incidents. I now currently work as a Catchment Officer, within the Asset Performance Team. In this role my primary purpose is asset management, ensuring that maintenance is conducted on various assets for flood risk. This involves in dealing with the public answering questions on flood risk assets, conducting enforcement, ensuring funds and works are delivered on projects in various areas of my catchment, I also have a on call duty role as a Field Operations Duty Officer.

Would you recommend that others study Construction?

Yes, if you are passionate about construction and civil engineering and want to learn not only the basics of construction but the fundamentals that hold it together.

What does it mean for your career that you have now achieved ICE status? 

Having worked within construction and civil engineering for 20 years it was a crucial part of helping to obtain my technician status. Having first heard about the engineering technician at MidKent College, it become apparent to me that I could gain a EngTech MICE status with the Civil Engineering council. Having spoken to a mentor with ICE, I started the process with a colleague of mine and applied for chartership. With the application you require sponsorship from an internal person, they will help you with your application but also state they know who you are and that you are able to conduct the work that you specify in your application. Once completed and submitted you then have the interview process to undertake. You will be sat in front of two chartered engineers from ICE who will question you on your application and a presentation if you chose to present one.

Once you receive the email saying that you have been successful with your interview, there will be an award ceremony. There will be a collection of various skilled people from various backgrounds of civil engineering collecting various awards, and it’s a privilege to be able stand with them.

Find out more about Construction programmes at the College here.