Lucy Anderson – Placement Engineer

Lucy Anderson completed a year-long engineering undergraduate placement at CGL in summer 2016. Before joining CGL she was a second year student working for a BSc in Environmental Science at Sheffield Hallam University.

Her role as an undergraduate Technician/Placement Engineer involved professionally logging data on rock and soils in the field, gaining valuable and practical skills for when she graduates. Lucy also gained knowledge on groundwater and gas monitoring. Lucy learned how to conduct walkover surveys for geoenvironmental projects and understood the key concepts of CGL’s contaminated land work.

Lucy independently wrote geoenvironmental desk studies and geotechnical factual reports, and she assisted engineers in the production of geoenvironmental interpretative reports.

Lucy said: “As a work placement engineer at CGL, one day is never the same as the next! Since joining CGL I have been exposed to a wide variety of different jobs in a short space of time which has meant that I am continuously learning new things about the geotechnical/geoenvironmental industry.

‘Everybody was very welcoming and helpful. They made me feel like an important member of the team. As time progressed I was given more autonomy over my own work, which involved answering client and site queries, meeting deadlines, compiling reports, and encouraging STEM subjects at local schools.” 

During her time with CGL, Lucy won the Construction Development Alliance Award for Young Construction Environmentalist. CDA Awards recognise young people’s outstanding achievement within the construction industry to exemplify the best attributes in the North West.

Lucy continued “Overall, my placement year has been a fantastic experience. I have learnt so much at CGL and allowed me to develop my skills, knowledge and abilities which will significantly help me during my final year at university as well as my professional career. Not only have I gained technical skills here I have also developed my confidence significantly.”

How to Join CGL as a Work Placement Student

CGL offers two-three work placements per year to help undergraduates in civil engineering or geology to develop their careers in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

To apply or ask a question please contact Alison Stafford-Willis, Associate Director by email or call 01483 310600. Please indicate which CGL office you would prefer to be based at: Godalming, Exeter, Harrogate or Central London.

To download CGL’s brochure on careers for graduates, please click here.