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Costain - Graduate Case Study

Name: Amar Riaz
Role: Graduate Electrical Engineer
Company: Costain Ltd
Studied at: Manchester Metropolitan University – Electrical & Electronic Engineering

In my final year at university I was looking for an industry leading graduate scheme which had a key focus on individual development. Costain immediately stood out by far, as their graduate scheme is recognised across the industry. Costain Groups portfolio also included a number of a key multimillion pound projects and offered an opportunity for Graduate Electrical Engineers to work in a variety of sectors such as Power, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Rail & Water.

My first role was as an Electrical Engineer on the M1 Managed Motorway project where I assisted in electrical design and tender reviews, this involved liaising with the design team, developing a programme of works, Inspection Test Plans and all other relevant documentation. Within Costain, and in particular the Highways sector, there is a keen focus on innovation. I was part of the technology team where we looked at the implementation of new technologies and the benefits it would bring to the client. Costains Graduate Scheme provided me with sufficient training which enabled me to manage and supervise works within 6 months of starting; this for me was a massive learning curve and allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills rapidly.

Through the Graduate Scheme I was also given the opportunity to develop an innovative idea which we presented as a group to the CEO and CFO, a bit like the apprentice! This regular exposure to the executive board is something which has become quite unique at Costain.

I have now undertaken my next role as a Commissioning Engineer on the Severn Trent Framework. This is an exciting role which brings many different challenges on a daily basis. The training and experiences gained in the previous role has readily prepared me for this challenge and enabled me to contribute further at a project and group level.

Anyone looking for a Graduate Scheme which will challenge you and aid you in the development of your professional career, as well as work on the UK’s most exciting projects, Costain is where your journey begins!