Testimonial: Kawthar Aljufairi

Traffic Engineer and Transport Planner, Mott McDonald, Bahrain

Winner of the Institution of Civil Engineers Emerging Engineers Award 2018

I studied MEng Civil Engineering at Imperial College London but had never considered construction as a career until I attended Constructionarium in my second year and took on the Gherkin project.  I was elected as Project Manager by my team meaning I was responsible for stakeholder management, method statements, safety concerns and ensuring the team worked well together.

I had taken part in design projects at university but once you leave the classroom and get onto a live site you realise you are responsible for other people’s safety. It really makes you understand why tasks such as checking construction methods or managing the risk register are so important.

Constructionarium gave me the opportunity to develop skills on a small scale that I still use today on a much larger scale in my role as a Traffic Engineer and Transport Planner for Mott McDonald. Having real site experience to refer back to is important as a designer and ensures my designs are practical and realistic.

I would definitely recommend Constructionarium, everyone on my course enjoyed it.  It was busy and challenging and every evening was spent planning for the next day but it was amazing to see your hard work rewarded when the top of the Gherkin was lifted into place.  I gained a lot of confidence from being voted into the Project Manager role and it made me see this was something I could take on in my future career.