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Graduates making their mark at Keller

Keller is committed to offering undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to work in geotechnical engineering.

We offer placement schemes and run graduate programmes to develop the engineers of the future.

We've spoken to three of our employees at different stages of the graduate journey with Keller.

Name: Megan Vaughan-Ellis

Job title: CFA Piling Estimator

University attended and qualification gained: University of Portsmouth – BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology & Geotechnics

When did you join Keller and in what role?

June 2010 – Summer Placement Student

August 2011 – Industrial Placement Student

May 2017 – CFA Piling Estimator

What does your job entail?

Assessing tender information – site investigations, structural drawings -  and then providing project specific design and costing solutions for clients, focusing on CFA piling and contiguous/secant retaining walls. Attending pre-start/pre-let meetings and liaising with clients from tender through to contract stage. I also work with the design and contract teams to provide innovative solutions.

What attracted you to Keller?

Keller are a well respected company in the geotechnical industry and they offer wide range of  techniques and work on lots of different projects.

Experienced, supportive, knowledgeable colleagues.

Inclusive, open working environment

How would you describe your experience working for Keller?

No day is the same, every project is different and you are continuously learning. You get to work with a supportive and knowledgeable group of colleagues in the office and out on site. Never a dull day!

What’s the best thing about working for Keller?

Being part of an experienced team, representing a company who provide high-quality solutions and seeing it applied on site. Meeting with our clients – it’s always good to put a face to a name. And the endless supply of office cake and doughnuts.

Name: Sam Reynolds

Job title: Project Engineer

University attended and qualification gained: University of Portsmouth, BEng Engineering Geology and Geotechnics

When did you join Keller and in what position?

June 2013 on a student industrial placement, and then September 2015 as a graduate engineer.

What does your job entail?

Managing small to medium-sized CFA piling contracts, ensuring that they are carried out safely, in accordance with the design/specification and on budget. My job is 60% office based, with 40% of my time on site or visiting clients.

What attracted you to Keller?

I was keen to work for a geotechnical contractor as this would allow me to get out onto site as much as possible, and Keller are one of the industry’s biggest names. Keller also get involved in some very high profile projects that I was keen to get involved with, such as Crossrail & HS2.

How would you describe your experience working for Keller?

Very positive so far. I have worked on a number of interesting projects (including one in Scandinavia). I was given genuine responsibility from day one and so you do feel like you are positively contributing to the success of a project even as a student or graduate.

What’s the best thing about working for Keller?

Keller’s company slogan is ‘Global Strength, Local Focus’ and you can really see that working here. Each division has a tight knit team, with strong client relationships, while at the same time there are often opportunities to work with colleagues from other countries to provide the best solutions possible. The Keller Academy provides opportunity to do training courses across Europe and network with colleagues from all over the globe. And I get to play in the Keller Cup - a football tournament hosted in a different country each year where the various business units play for the title of Keller’s best football team.

Name: Muhammad Qasim              

Job title: Placement Engineer

University: Liverpool John Moores, studying towards BEng in civil engineering

When did you join Keller and in what position?

July 2017 as an industrial placement engineer

What does your job entail?

Getting to know the specialist construction problem solving techniques and the equipment involved. An introduction to project management: which leads to client communication, site meetings, preparation of documents such as method statements and creating programmes etc. 

What attracted you to Keller?

An interest in geotechnical engineering.

How would you describe your experience working for Keller?

It has been a pleasant and challenging experience. There is a team environment at Keller, which is an important part of what is an effective workplace.  Everyone is friendly and help is just a call away. Every day brings different challenges which enabled me to learn something new and increase my skill set.

What’s the best thing about working for Keller?

Working for Keller has allowed me to get both site and office-based experience, which is hard to obtain in a university environment. This has increased my understanding of the workplace environment and all of the pressures that come with it, and hence developed my confidence enormously.  I have been lucky enough to work with experienced professionals, which has helped me absorb additional knowledge.

 

 

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