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UWS_Alumna Katie Duff with surveying equipment
The sandwich degree course meant I had the opportunity to undertake a 36-week work placement within my degree; I believe this work experience was essential in helping me find a job so quickly
Katie Duff, Civil Engineering graduate, 2014

If you find yourself passing an old railway bridge, on a Sunday morning before the sun comes up, and spot someone with a hard hat and high viz jacket taking some measurements, it might just be UWS graduate Katie Duff.

A 2014 Honours graduate on the University’s Civil Engineering course, Katie’s nocturnal outings are essential to keep an eye on the condition of the country’s railway bridges.(Trying to measure them through the daytime when services are running is an unnecessary risk.)

Her work as an engineer stretches back to her days as a student at UWS when she spent her summer placement with Amey, a UK and international consulting and infrastructure support business, surveying railway bridges as part of a pilot project for Network Rail.

Katie actually received two job offers before graduating. One came from Amey and the other from AECOM, a US construction firm which had successfully pitched for the Network Rail infrastructure inspection and assessment project. She chose AECOM.

Are the things she learned on the course relevant to her role?

Katie reckons they are, especially the practical modules on surveying, which is something she does every day. She said: “The course gave me a broad base of knowledge which I can apply in my job and which has allowed me to go on to study towards a Masters before I go for Chartership status with the Institution of Civil Engineers.”

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