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Stephen Walls

The desire to further establish a career in Construction Engineering is driven by a longstanding interest in the balance of how a structure, or system, both looks and performs. The most exceptional projects balance aesthetic quality with impactful function as innovative solutions are increasingly required to combat growing human demand from diminishing natural resources. The Built Environment today allows the most diverse, challenging and fulfilling opportunities for those involved.

Work History

Jan 2016Present

Assistant Quantity Surveyor/Estimator

Absolute Civil Engineering Ltd, County Durham, UK
  • Progression involving financial responsibility for multiple live projects simultaneously, ranging from £80,000 to £500,000. Lead QS position on schemes leading to Project Management and client/authority liaison.
  • Balancing QS duties with Estimating/Buying requirements in line with organisational need; requiring strict time-management and task prioritisation allowing effective use of time, on-site and office-based.
  • Preparing and submitting valuations and applications for payment to clients/main contractors.
  • Coordinating and managing sub-contractors, labour and materials in line with project budget and programme. Approving invoices and paying sub-contractors on varying time schedules.
  • Greater understanding of company finanacial systems, sub-contractor payment and conflict resolution.
July 2015Jan 2016

Project Assistant

Absolute Civil Engineering Ltd, County Durham, UK
  • Sought practical opportunity to apply recent studies to whilst gaining insight and exposure to Construction Engineering industry, initially in a voluntarily unpaid role.
  • Familiarisation of principles/methods regarding Reclamation, Remediation, Drainage, Roadworks, Groundworks/Sub-Structure.
  • Primarily involved with assisting Estimating department undertaking take-offs and measures, preparing BoQ's, submitting tenders in line with company process and procedure,  client/contractor meetings, risk assessments.
  • Involved with supplier/sub-contractor enquiries, price appraisals and term-deal negotiations for live and future projects.
Jan 2010Aug 2013

Draughtsman/AutoCAD Engineer (N.B. - Two terms of employment, punctuated by travel.)

Barkell Ltd
  • Designing and delivering detailed engineering drawings for production department to manufacture bespoke Air Handling Units using AutoCAD. Drawing to standards and regulations for compliance and performance. Bespoke contracts required innovation and creativity.
  • Liaison and co-ordination with other departments and clients to meet and exceed expectations. Researching products and components, hand-drawing representations to understand insertion and manufacturing implications.

Jan - Aug 2013 - Upon my return from overseas travel, the company approached and offered my previous role, which was gratefully accepted.

Dec 2011Oct 2012

Design Engineer/Operative

Complete Playgrounds (Australia)
  •  Analysis of client requests/ideas and site parameters to develop, design and produce landscaping solutions. Specific tasks ranged from drawing and design analysis, material estimation, equipment operation and manual application.

Education

Sep 2016July 2017

HNC Construction and the Built Environment - Distinction grade achieved

Gateshead College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Recently completed via day release, maintaining fulfilment of work requirements whilst gaining further understanding of theoretical Construction. Modules include Design Principles and Application, Mathematics in Construction, Management Principles, Health & Safety, AutoCAD/BIM, Science & Materials and IT Applications in Construction.

Jun 2014Jun 2015

Business & Management (Double Diploma)

Australian Institute of Commerce & Technology (AICT), Perth, WA

Funded myself through self-directed, distance learning to develop professional competence and knowledge. Primarily gaining qualification in Business and Management whilst considerably developing many personal skills. The nature of the study required efficient time management, SMART goal setting, independent research and communication with overseas tutors and administrators.

Skills & Competencies

Communication Skills

Developed via employment, sporting and travel history. Comfortable negotiating with and motivating others. Conveying my thoughts and listening to the advice of colleagues.

Teamwork

Collaborating with all internal departments as a QS, along with external trades/contractors  to meet project deliverables on time and within budget. I also believe Rugby to be the epitome of teamwork in Sport.

Problem-solving

Analytical by nature, I am able to gain a grasp of my surroundings and the people within quickly. Determine process/procedure by observation or asking questions to identify improvement opportunities or alternative solutions.

Organisation/Time-Management

Previous self-directed studies have demanded strict planning, SMART goal-setting and self-motivation and evaluation, improving my prioritisation and quality standards of work and other commitments. These skills have allowed me to manage an increasing work load with further day-release study, along with sporting/social obligations.

Computer Literacy

Experience in AutoCad through Draughtsman role. Current studies have involved the use of presentation programmes, research libraries and document producing suites. QS role involves ConQuest (estimating software) and Excel. Recent study included AutoCAD and Revit, which I intend to further increase competency of as the industry evolves toward BIM compliance.

Occupational Health & Safety

With increased management responsibility and on-site presence developing, a Temporary Works Supervisor course was completed, along with a general Health & Safety accreditation. These courses provided understanding of hazardous situations and best practice in mitigating risk.

Other Roles, Achievements & Experiences

At the time of joining my current company the commercial department identified certain contractors and schemes which would drive the business forward. We have since opened up two of these highlighted business streams and I was heavily involved with communictions and efforts resulting in the awarding of contracts which has, and will continue to generate repeat business and diversify the company's working profile. In this role I have also had the opportunity to attend educational institutions and give talks highlighting the opportunities for young people in the Built world.

Rugby has played an important part in the development of my character. The fundamental values of respect, integrity and fair-play are directly transferable to the working environment. Coaching junior teams in the UK and during my time playing in Australia, allowed the development of many skills, particularly planning, monitoring and communication. Formally gaining both RFU and ARU coaching accreditation via course attendance and practical examination. Most recently, I was fortunate enough to captain Consett RFC First XV to their most successful league position last year (2016-2017), in a year which also saw our Junior section grow hugely and a new clubhouse facility built on-site, representing strong, holistic improvement.

Overseas travel has also influenced my path and desire to establish a career in The Built Environment. I class these experiences as personal achievement as it is at these times that I have learned most about myself, others and the infrastructure issues of areas visited.

References

Construction Engineering - Steve Masters - Contracts Manager; J.N.Bentley.                                                                                                                                               Mobile:  +4479742448152  E-mail:  steven.masters@sky.com

Draughtsman/AutoCAD - Michael Parker - Technical & Commercial Manager, Thermal Energy Components UK Ltd                                                                                             Mobile:  +447986695948     E-mail:  [email protected]