Kevin Patel

Senior Engineer

"The company supported me to achieve my Chartership with the ICE. I've also had regular on-the-job training, and other specific training courses that I've been enrolled in. We're constantly being encouraged to develop ourselves and learn new skills."

Can you give us a quick overview of your role?

As a Senior Engineer, I tend to work mainly on the technical side of projects within the industry and buildings business line here in the UK.

You’ve been with us for 15 years. What have you done in that time, and what attracted you to us in the first place?

I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a huge variety of projects, both in the maritime and the buildings sectors. Having completed my civil and structural engineering degree at Sheffield, my first graduate job was to join Royal HaskoningDHV and I’m still here today! I was aware that Royal HaskoningDHV was a multi-disciplinary consultancy so the role was just what I was looking for – the location worked for me too!

What do you enjoy most about working here?

I’ve been part of some pretty big projects in my time here – I’m proud of a lot of the schemes I’ve been involved in. I find it fascinating to look at Google Earth and see changes that I’ve been involved in making. It’s great to see that we’re having such a tangible impact.

What has been the most inspirational project you’ve worked on in your time at Royal HaskoningDHV?

One of the bigger projects that I’ve worked on was the Ras Laffan ship repair yard in Qatar. It was my first major overseas assignment, and I was based on site for just over two years. This opportunity had a big impact on my career. I was part of the site supervision team during the construction phase, and I had a role as deputy resident engineer, which involved working closely with the client and various different contractors.

What interests you most about the job you do?

I have always had a fascination for the built environment around the world. So I can look back on past projects that I’ve been involved in where the end result is a physical construction, be it a bridge, energy from waste plant or a shipyard and know that it leaves a lasting legacy for future generations. You just can’t say the same thing about accounting!

What three words would you use to describe us?

Global. Thoughtful. Experienced.

What opportunities have you had to develop yourself and your career?

In 2008 I gained my Chartership with the Institute of Civil Engineers and I couldn’t have done it without the support of the company during those formative years. I’ve also had regular on-the-job training, and other specific training courses that I’ve been enrolled in. We’re constantly being encouraged to develop ourselves and our skills.

What’s the one thing about working here that you value the most?

I think it has to be the size of the company. Personally I’ve found that as a result of this I’ve had exposure across a number of areas of the business, and also across a number of projects. The size definitely lends itself to variety. I don’t find myself being pigeonholed, or working on the same kind of thing day in, day out. It definitely pushes you out of your comfort zone – every day holds a new challenge.

How would you describe your colleagues?

Knowledgeable and approachable – it is important to know whose brain to pick from time to time, and the people I ask are usually only too happy to impart their knowledge.