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Mohamed Elshahier – his journey from Summer Intern to Graduate Engineer

Mohamed approached Jubb in 2019 for a summer internship having graduated from Cardiff University with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering. He says “I found Jubb through a Google search and was really keen to work with them because of the diversity of the engineering sectors they cover from civil, structures to transport planning and Geotech.”

“During my summer internship I worked alongside the civils team working on many very interesting projects, some of them quite large schemes. I really liked the fact that they got me involved and gave me a level of responsibility from day one as that is how I learn. The office is very friendly and supportive, and I learnt a lot across a range of projects that summer.”

After his internship Mohamed returned to university to complete his Masters in Structural Engineering and was then invited back for an interview for a full-time position at Jubb. He started with the Cardiff Civils team in October 2020.  When asked about his preference for civil or structural engineering Mohamed admits he is leaning more towards structural. “Having lived in Qatar I was inspired by the buildings and stadiums being built for the World Cup 2022. I enjoy the challenge of designing with a choice of materials and options like timber frames, composites etc. and seeing your finished project once completed is a dream. I am very pleased I started with Civils as it gives me a clear idea of what’s going on underground, but I like the idea that a few months later I will be working on the actual structure itself.”

“I would like to perhaps transfer to structural in the future but remain hands-on on smaller projects with civils as I would like to get chartered in both civils and structures which I hope will enable me to work on a diverse range of projects and get as much experience as possible.”

Jubb is committed to the development of its staff and Mohamed has been speaking with Jubb’s People and Development Manager Kirstie Williams about a Graduate Development Programme to give Mohamed and other graduates like him a clear path, outlining the training, advice and support needed to achieve their professional goals.

Mohamed continues “I love Cardiff. I think it is just the right size not that big and not too small and it is such a friendly city. I enjoyed university here and am trying to see more of Wales having visited Pen y Fan and the Breckon Beacons. I am keen to do more travelling and see snow as it is a completely different thing from what I am used to in Qatar, although I don’t miss the heat too much.

Mohamed lives with his sister and brother who is taking his A-levels so has the responsibility of being his brother’s guardian. “I have learnt a lot looking after him, and attending his parent’s evenings I think the responsibility helps me to grow as a person.”