Owain Futers

20 February, 2020


What attracted you to your profession?

I was first attracted to a career in engineering when I took part in a competition while in Sixth Form called the Engineering Education Scheme. The company I worked with was an engineering consultancy and I worked on a project to increase impermeable runoff from a school car park. I enjoyed the experience and decided this is what I want to do with my life.

Upon leaving Sixth Form I took a gap year to do a year in industry with another civil engineering consultancy where I worked on several gas pipeline projects on behalf of National Grid. I gained a great insight into the industry which helped when I attended university to study Civil Engineering the year after.

What is your top highlight of working at Pick Everard so far?

In 2017 I submitted an entry on behalf of Pick Everard to the ICE East Midland Merit Awards and won the small project category for the work my team had completed on the Raw Water Upgrades at Chequer House Borehole Pumping Station.

The project was a first for us, as we were using Revit and 3D modelling for a clean water project to provide a 3D model of the site to the client alongside the finished project. It was also my first project where I was responsible for attending design team meetings and making major design decisions, having previously only had a junior role within the team.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My days are varied, but I am mostly based within the Leicester office working within one of the water and wastewater civil engineering design teams. When not in the office I am either out on site working with most of the water companies within England and Wales, or visiting clients at their offices to liaise on the design of water and wastewater Infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

Outside of work I like to take my children to nursery before work and pick them up after work. I use my lunchtimes to go running with colleagues around Leicester city centre or catch up on the latest Civil Engineering standards and products in one of our regular lunch and learn sessions.

What’s your everyday favourite thing about the firm/your team/your role?

I love the people I work with at Pick Everard, we spend time together in and outside of the office. Pick Everard has a great community spirit and its people are always willing to get involved with the range of activities that the practice put on every year.

What are you looking forward to in the future here?

I have been with Pick Everard since I graduated, and I couldn’t see myself working anywhere else. My work is interesting and varied and I enjoy coming to work every day to tackle new challenges with the most incredible people in this industry, in my opinion.

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