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University students leave their mark on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass

25 September 2017

Two Lincoln students gain real-world engineering experience

After earning themselves university placements, two Lincoln students have had the opportunity to gain real-world engineering experience by working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass – one of the city’s biggest road projects in decades.

Tom May, 21, and Euan Kelly, 19, are both from Lincoln and working toward degrees in Civil Engineering – Tom at Coventry University and Euan at Newcastle University. Both also recently completed a uni placement working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass – Tom with Lincolnshire County Council, the authority behind the project, and Euan with Carillion, the firm contracted to build the £99 million, 7.5km road.

Tom’s story

Tom, who has been working with the council since July 2016, had no idea he’d be working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.

He said: “When I started with the council, I thought I’d be working on smaller schemes, not a project as big and important as the bypass.

“I’ve really enjoyed being involved in such a big scheme, and I really like the idea of contributing to such a large project and leaving my mark, however small, on Lincoln.”

Since getting involved in the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, Tom has produced and amended drawings for the scheme; been involved in the archaeological investigations; represented the council at a Lincoln Eastern Bypass open weekend; and collated detailed underground information for use in a 3D model of the ground and its different layers.

Tom continued: “I think working on a scheme like the Lincoln Eastern Bypass shows that I have a strong understanding of how a large scheme like this is run and implemented.

“Working on a scheme like the bypass will also give me an advantage over other graduates since I’ll have more experience to draw upon. For example, it gives me the chance to talk about planning issues and programming works, as well as design, which will be interesting talking points at interviews.”

Tom May, a 21-year-old from Lincoln studying Civil Engineering at Coventry University, recently completed a one-year placement working with Lincolnshire County Council working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass. Here, Tom gives some insight into his experience working on such a big project.

Euan’s story

Euan, who just finished a seven-week placement with Carillion, said: “I applied for this specific placement to work on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, not just because it was close to home, but because I wanted to gain on-site experience to complement everything I learned during my first year.”

As part of his placement, Euan has been involved with the surveying and setting out of new gas and electric pipelines, as well as setting out the fence line of the bypass so farmers can plan and plant their crops for the next harvest. He has also assisted with the foundations of the Market Rasen Rail Bridge and for Carillion’s Washingborough site compound cabins.

Euan added:“During the seven weeks I’ve worked with Carillion on the bypass, I’ve gained a much better understanding of the amount of planning and consideration that goes into a scheme as big as the bypass, like all of the admin tasks and communication that is required between everyone involved in a job this size. Also how important it is for everyone on a working site to follow health and safety procedures, like Carillion’s Target Zero policy.

“Being able to show that I have experience working on a major road scheme will make my CV stronger compared to others when it comes time to apply for jobs after university. After working alongside the qualified engineers on the scheme, I’ve also gained a clearer idea of the different directions I can take my career.”

Euan Kelly, a 19-year-old from Washingborough, Lincoln studying Civil Engineering at Newcastle University, recently completed a seven-week placement with Carillion working on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.

Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, commented: “It’s great that projects like the Lincoln Eastern Bypass can give local young people the chance to gain real-world engineering experience. Hopefully Tom and Euan both make the most of the knowledge and practice they’ve gained now that they’re back at university and once they’ve graduated.” 

Lee Tinkler, Project Director from Carillion, said: “At Carillion we are committed to leaving a positive legacy wherever we work and helping to develop young people starting out in our industry is one way we can do this.  It is fantastic to be able to provide this opportunity to someone local to Lincoln and we will be offering similar placements throughout the life of the project.”

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant and aims to minimise traffic congestion, support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre, and enhance the inter-city environment.

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