Men as Allies – Iain Fox tells us why he chose a career in Engineering

This year, the International Women in Engineering day campaign theme is ‘Men as Allies’. Our activities are embracing this and focusing on the one team approach that we have here at JBA – with both male and female engineers working alongside each other on a variety of projects. Iain Fox is supporting the campaign and tells us more about his career in engineering.

Iain Fox

Hi, I’m Iain Fox, a civil engineer, and I have been with JBA for approaching 3 years now.

I chose a career in engineering as it is something I have been interested in for as long as I can remember. I have always loved how things are made and built so it was a natural progression that engineering became my chosen career.

A typical day

A typical day doesn’t really exist for me currently! One of the things I love about JBA is the variety of work which comes in and the opportunities to get involved in all kinds of different aspects of engineering…. the only thing that remains constant is a good cup of tea to start the day!

A work day for me could be spent on site looking at railway drainage, completing scour assessments or doing a bridge inspection. I could also be in the office completing designs, reports, drawings, calculations or a number of other different things. I enjoy the fact that I have a good mix of office and site based work. It really does add to the enjoyment of working here.

Three things I like about my job

  1. The variety of engineering jobs to get involved in
  2. The people – JBA is a great mix from all different professions and walks of life
  3. The opportunities – JBA support development. It offers great opportunities for trying new aspects of the job or moving around to experience new parts of the company.

Favourite project

One of the stand out projects I have worked on is a design for Story Construction and Network Rail in Lambrigg, Cumbria. This was a large-scale drainage scheme to help prevent flooding to the west coast main line. It involved so many differing aspects;

  • Engineering design for both drainage and scour protection
  • Hydraulic Modelling of the existing watercourse
  • Ecology – Crayfish and bats both being present on site
  • Geotechnical design for a regraded embankment to ensure stability of the railway
  • Demolition of an existing property which was at risk
  • Consent applications for realignment of the watercourse and for flood defence consent
  • Client and intercompany project management

The scheme pulled together several different teams from JBA. It was hugely rewarding to see the scheme through from initial concept to construction, including an As-Built survey and drawing issue to the client.

Want to know more?

Contact Iain Fox to discuss his work across JBA or visit our engineering pages for more information.

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