Name and role
Toby Scott; Infrastructure Engineer at Hampshire County Council’s internal Engineering Consultancy
When did you join Waterman Aspen?
What does a typical day look like in your role or secondment?
No two days are the same. My team has a varied remit including;
- Infrastructure design (roads, utilities, drainage) for development on Hampshire-owned land
- Designing flood alleviation schemes for local schools and houses
- Auditing drainage designs for new roads
- Supporting planning departments with expert advice as the acting Lead Local Flood Authority
…as well as a host of smaller projects that don’t fit in a box (e.g. accommodating a dog-wash at a country park). And that’s besides supporting the development of junior staff and technical standards.
What training or education have you received at Waterman Aspen?
I’ve been impressed by how proactive Waterman Aspen have been in facilitating training. Having taught myself Civil 3D on the job with my previous employer after three years of negotiating training budgets, within a few months, WA had facilitated a week-long, bespoke Civil 3D training course to fill the gaps in my knowledge.
What’s the best thing about working for Waterman Aspen?
The focus on retention – it’s great to have an employer that actively values you working for them.
What would you say to someone interested in a career in your role?
Don’t let yourself become confined to just one role in the project team – take every opportunity to branch out until you find those areas that resound with you. Working with development infrastructure is especially great for getting a broad grounding; you’ve got plenty of scope to later specialise in water, planning, detailed design, utilities, earthworks, drainage, highways, public realm, cycle schemes, project management etc. Or stay general and enjoy the variety. There’s so much amazing work in the Civil Engineering world and there’s a role out there that you’ll genuinely love.