Ming Chan

04 December, 2019

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What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I’ve been fascinated with maths and using blocks to create buildings and infrastructures from a young age. I always knew that I would enjoy a career which utilised these skills.

I completed an engineering foundation course when I first came to the UK in 2002. I was then invited to attend an open day at the University of Nottingham to visit the civil engineering department. The university has a very established civil engineering course and the high prospect of getting a job when I graduated really impressed me.

Since my graduation in 2007, I have worked on major road projects across the UK.  I have developed key expertise in highways design including geometry, drainage, pavement, road signs and road markings. I was also able to gain some project management experience as I was a deputy manager of a £30 million highway improvement programme. Working on a live construction site has also been extremely valuable experience. For a two year construction project, I worked as a client’s site representative to supervise the quality of work during the build.

In 2009, I was appointed the chairperson of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands for the graduates and students committee. This involves promoting civil engineering and building a network of engineers across the region.

Tell us about your career development?

I joined Pick Everard in 2018 and I’m relishing the opportunity to use my skills to resolve technical problems whilst working alongside talented and friendly people.  My role at Pick Everard involves providing various solutions to engineering issues.  Since joining Pick Everard, I have been a team leader for several projects, during which I have taken on both client facing and managerial roles.

On one particular job, I was a civils lead for a new £60 million school in Macclesfield. I managed a multi-disciplinary team to provide the design of the school ground, access road and drainage systems as well as working collaboratively with the contractors to resolve any design issues that arose during construction. I am fascinated by people who are working towards a common goal to plan, design, construct and operate for major projects, so thoroughly enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

I also take part in the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) regulation steering group at Pick Everard. I ensure that the design produced by the team complies with the CDM regulations via regular audits and I provide the latest industry information to the team.

What’s your everyday favourite thing about the Practice?

Everyone at Pick Everard displays real passion and skill on every project they work on. This is demonstrated through everyone understanding the construction constraints and providing practical solutions.

I also feel that the senior management team establishes a culture built on trust. This enables lessons to be learnt and improvements to be made. Pick Everard focuses on individual skills and career development. The help is always here if you want to learn a new software for working more efficiently or achieving a professional qualification.

What has been your top highlight so far at Pick Everard?

The highlight of my time here at Pick Everard has been working on the £60 million school project. The scheme will combine three different campuses to create one, state-of-the-art new school. Pick Everard is providing architectural, structural and civil engineering for this landmark scheme. It has given me a strong sense of pride to work on this project and has been a real achievement, having taken a leading role on the civil engineering.

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