“There’s no doubt that the consultancy provides a supportive environment where everyone can develop.”
Those are the words of Caulmert structural engineer Andrew Smith, who is more than qualified to talk about life at the company, after working there for almost as long as it has been in operation.
Joining the Altrincham office as a computer-aided design (CAD) technician in December 2009, he now has his sights set on a chartership with the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE), after rising through the ranks.
In his initial role, he was responsible for the production of 3D models and drawings for construction projects.
From the outset, Caulmert, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, has supported Andrew with his career progression, seeing him through civil engineering courses at Stockport College and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
Studying from 2017 to 2021, he gained credentials that would facilitate his promotion to senior Structural Engineer.
Andrew said: “As a member of the Caulmert team for the past 14 years, I’ve grown professionally and collaborated with a wide range of disciplines within the industry.
“There’s always been an emphasis on career progression at the consultancy. Even if you aspired to specialise in another area of expertise through more training, that would always be supported.”
He has honed his skills in structural design, becoming more involved with calculations, surveys and assessments on a variety of schemes, leading him to the role of structural engineer.
Reflecting on his key areas of interest, Andrew continued: “I enjoy the problem-solving element of the job, such as developing concepts for large new builds or refurbishment projects.”
The structural engineer is now focused on achieving chartership with the IStructE in the near future. To achieve this, he will be utilising his experience of working across a diverse range of schemes to reach his goal.
A key development he has been involved with is the first phase of Menai Science Park (M-SParc), a flagship project on Anglesey, North Wales.
Andrew provided design expertise for a new three-story building with an adjoined ‘open innovation space’ which is 5,000m2 in size.
Geotechnical modules from his civil engineering degree at LJMU also feed into his understanding of processes for foundation and retaining wall design.
“I’ve recently taken an interest in sustainability and net zero carbon and have been attending a number of seminars on the subject.
“This is certainly something I want to have a better footing in and hope to explore more ways I can become the main ambassador for it within the engineering team at Caulmert.”