A Day in the life of a Design Engineer 🛣️

We spoke to Jamie Matthews Crampton, Design Engineer at Roughan & O’Donovan about his background and pathway into engineering.


Why did you choose to study engineering?

I chose to study Engineering from the young age of 10 years old when I went on a tour of Old Trafford football ground in Manchester. I was taken back by the enormity and complexity of the structure and everything inside it, and from there on spent much of my time sketching stadium designs of my own, including what I thought might be the structural elements!

Describe your current role

Though I don’t work on large stadium developments like 10 year old me aspired to do, my job is working with the likes of roads, drainage, watermains and other utilities. Whilst it all sounds very straight forward, a lot of the time it can be more challenging than design a structure where you can see everything above! On a day to day basis I can be encountering bad ground conditions, awkward existing land profiles, and unknown utilities such as watermains and electricity cables.

What projects are you working on right now

Right now I’m spending most of my time on the A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe dualling scheme where we are converting the existing A6 into a dual carriageway.

What’s the best thing about being an engineer?

There are many great things about being an engineer, such as seeing new places, meeting new people and encountering new challenges; but for me the greatest thing is the achievement of visiting a town where your work is being used by the public.

The greatest thing about being an engineer is the achievement of visiting a town where your work is being used by the public.

What advice would you give someone who’s thinking of studying engineering?

Stick to it. There are times where things seem very tough, and they happen not just through college, but in work itself you go through patches where it feels everything is amounting up against you, but if you persevere it makes you not just a stronger engineer, but a stronger person.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Outside of work I spend a lot of time following my favourite football team Burnley FC. I love listening to loads of music and like playing a lot of building and simulation video games like Planet Coaster, Cities: Skylines and Football Manager

Do you think it is important for people to get involved in Engineers Week?

I think it is crucial for engineers of all ages to get involved in Engineers Week. I was lucky because I had a spark in my own mind about what I want to do, but in the modern era of video games and smartphones, I truly believe that children are more blinkered to the world around them, and perhaps need that inspiration of someone who can show them how exciting engineering can be!

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