Neha Jadhav: Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement with a Specialism in Water

 

Neha Jadhav came to study Civil Engineering with us here at Strathclyde from Pune, India. As part of her course, Neha undertook an industrial placement. She tells us more about it:

So where was your industrial placement?

I worked as a part of a team with Sea Tec UK Ltd. restoring the Turbine Steamship Queen Mary. The ship is currently berthed at Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay, Glasgow.

During the placement, try and engage with as many industry people as possible; this helps when building your own wee professional network!

How long was it?

My placement was 3 months long.

How did you get your placement?

I was placed with the help of my department professors Dr Doug Bertram and Dr Rebecca Lunn who have strong industrial links.

What did you do during your placement?

My placement was spent investigating the civil engineering groundwork and infrastructure required to provide adequate shore-side utility and drainage services for the ship. During that, I worked with Sea Tec to design a range of pipe/transmission networks for the client.

What was a typical day like?

A typical day was spent researching the water/wastewater pressure through the pipes, suitable pipe material, the effect of tidal waves on the connection and working on-site with site engineers.

What did you get out of it?

I gained specialist knowledge, skills, and experience working in urban and maritime utility systems that helped me realise my career goal of working in water engineering assets and management.

How did it help your studies on the course?

The placement gave me industrial experience and allowed me to develop my professional skills. This also assisted towards gaining academic credits ion my course.

What advice would you give other students going on an industrial placement?

I would strongly advise you to remain focused and make the most of your placement: it's a very good opportunity.

During the placement, try and engage with as many industry people as possible; this helps when building your own wee professional network!

Before starting the placement always have a good discussion with your university professors about your interests in the industry and what specialism would you like to work under in the future.