Mandour El Mahadi

Highways, Croydon

"AECOM delivers the best platform to harvest graduates like myself"

BEng Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham

"I work in a dynamic, fast-paced and challenging environment that has allowed me to grow proffessionaly"

On day one of joining AECOM in January 2015, I was assigned to work on the Highways Agency’s AREA 4 MAC Contract which involved carrying out major highway improvement works for several dozen schemes across the UK. I was taught how to carry out Pavement Design and I assisted in the Traffic Management on and around the M23 Crawley carriageway after conducting extensive research into potential diversion routes to limit traffic congestion.

After 2 months on the job, I was then assigned to manage and deliver the A2 Dartford with M25 Junction 2 WB scheme for our client and I had the opportunity to attend a site meeting with the Principle Contractor (Balfour Beatty Mott Macdonald), where I managed to gain considerable knowledge on the ‘buildability’ aspects of the Project. I also assisted the Project Manager with managing the finances for the overall project.

After just 5 months of working with Aecom, Mandour was seconded to CVU to work on the London highways alliance contract (lohac) initiative launched by Transport for London.

CVU is a Joint Venture between Colas, VolkerHighways and URS that has forged together the complementary strengths of three companies to transform London’s streets. LoHAC is the first of its kind in the UK and marks a new way of procuring services for the UK Government. I’m currently working on a vast number of Highways resurfacing schemes in Central London, helping to deliver and manage the Preliminary Design work for some of London’s busiest streets, in accordance with current design standards and CDM Regulations. Due to the nature of the contract, I’ve been able to interact with and learn from Senior Designers and Contractors on a daily basis.

This experience has not only developed my core transportation skills gained from the AREA 4 Project, it has also shown me how large multi-disciplinary projects are managed and the importance of integration of design elements to achieve the final scheme. I recently sat and passed my CSCS exam and I now feel ready for the next challenge – working on site and getting that contractor experience.  

I believe that AECOM delivers the best platform to harvest graduates like myself. The mentorship and residential training provided via the Graduate Development Programme is second to none and due to AECOM’s global presence, there are many opportunities to travel and work abroad, especially in the Middle East.

My advice for graduates – don’t wait for an opportunity to come to you; go out of your way to find the opportunity!

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