Civil Engineering Placements
PROVIDING A REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
The Civil Engineering placements that we offer at Winvic allow individuals to learn and shine over a period of 12 months in a structured training scheme. While you might not be coordinating the ordering and delivery of materials just yet, neither will you be asked to watch from the sidelines. You will be given the opportunity to play a fundamental role in the team as you develop your interpersonal, technical and practical knowledge on significant projects. Winvic creates its programmes to shape the engineering managers of the future, while taking your interests, natural flair and course into account.
Engineering and design mentors, along with other experienced Winvic staff, will be assigned to you along the way to help you get the most from your placement. Once you return to university we will be on the other end of an email or the phone should you have any queries, and after your graduation we hope to hear from you about joining the Winvic team permanently.
Our in-house training department will ensure you receive all the training and support you need, including:
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
- Surveying and Setting-Out
- A.T. and Signal Generator
- Fire safety
You will also gain experience towards achieving chartered membership of a professional body, such as:
- Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)
HEAR WHAT OUR YEAR-IN INDUSTRY PLACEMENT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY:
Name: George Johnson
Placement: Trainee Quantity Surveyor between July 2018 and September 2019
Permanent Role: Assistant Quantity Surveyor from July 2020
Studied: BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management
Describe Your Role: I was able to get involved in a lot of tasks and work with over 35 subcontractors, learning about each element of the programme, from steel erection right through to completion at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway. Tasks included taking measurements, processing subcontract orders and then managing the progression and valuations out on site. I was also pricing variations and towards the end of my placement I was involved in agreeing final accounts. I learned how important it is to build good relationships, with the team around you, with subcontractors and clients, and I became more confident in my abilities as a QS and how my role works within a site team.
Advice for people wanting to join Winvic? I couldn’t have imagined working on a £61 million pound state-of-the art warehouse for Amazon when I left school, so dream big! If you want a placement where everyone you work with takes the time to help with your development, and where everyone has the same goals of doing it right first time, hitting programmes and working to budget, then Winvic is the place for you.
Name: Nirav Lad
Placement: Trainee Site Engineer between July 2018 and September 2019
Permanent Role: Site Engineer from September 2020
Studied: BSc (Hons) Construction Management
Describe Your Role: I worked at Glasshoughton, Castleford on an industrial warehouse for Barwood Capital and Tungsten Properties. In the first few months I managed the piling for ground stabilisation purposes, worked on the drainage packages, learned about cutting and filling, and was involved in surveying. Later on, I managed subcontractors on a day-to-day basis, ordered concrete and drainage
supplies and had the main role of setting out kerbs and drainage. One of the most challenging things I did was to set out stairs without using robotics, going back to basic engineering principles using string lines, taping and a plumb bob. We handed this project over close to the end of my YII, so I spent my last two months at Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale for Wilson Bardon Developments where I focused on putting down the external slabs.
Advice for people wanting to join Winvic? Don’t expect to just watch other people – my managing and daily mentors gave me the opportunity and pushed me to be an engineer – so be prepared to manage tasks, experience real-life problems and help come up with solutions. Winvic doesn’t manage each element of the project in isolation, it takes the whole programme into consideration. This means you need to have the right mindset to work as one team with all staff and subcontractors.
STUDENT HOLIDAY PLACEMENTS
Throughout the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays each year, a number of students come to work for us on short-term placements, which range from one to four weeks. We have no set rules in place about the subject or subjects that applicants need to be studying, and in fact, we support the need for wider awareness of the construction industry.
Of course most of the young men and women that apply for a holiday placement with us are learning about a construction related discipline, and we ensure they have the opportunity to learn as much as possible and get hands on in their field of choice.
“I would like to thank Winvic for giving me the opportunity to spend time at East Midlands Distribution Centre (EMDC), especially the project manager Josh, and Dean, who was the engineer I shadowed. It wasn’t as I expected at all but in a good way! I thought I’d be sat in an office but from the first day I was out on-site doing bits and bobs all day. I used GPS equipment, set out kerbs, measured various areas and put pins in the ground as part of marking out tasks. It has helped me loads with my Level 3 qualification in Construction and the Built Environment too because I could ask the experts and visualise things, which you can’t always do in the classroom. I can’t wait to come back!”
Maddie Wood, Civil Engineering Student, Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment
To find out more about our current ‘year in industry’ opportunities and student holiday placements download our brochure or get in touch with our HR department below.