Becky studied Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury, graduating with an honours degree in 2017. She is enjoying having the opportunity to develop her transportation engineering skills while working on a broad range of projects at Abley.
What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?
A second year course at university sparked my interest in transportation. Transportation stood out to me because of its complexity and incorporation of both human and technical factors. Having had the opportunity to travel and live in different places in New Zealand and overseas really emphasized how transportation and society shape each other. I’m excited to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s daily lives.
What did you do before joining Abley?
This is my first permanent full-time role. Throughout university I had various student roles involving structural design, project management and traffic surveys.
What does a typical day in the office include?
As I work on such a range of projects, there isn’t really a ‘typical’ day! There’s usually a different mix report writing, technical work (often involving CAD) and working with colleagues and clients.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The supportive and collaborative work environment - there’s always someone who is keen to teach me something new. I also really enjoy the variety of projects and having the opportunity to be more involved in projects that I’m particularly interested in.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Being fairly new to the industry means that the office is full of knowledge and skills for me to learn. I enjoy knowing that everyday will have a fresh challenge for me.
What’s your career highlight so far?
A real highlight so far was doing a semester of my degree on exchange in Sweden. Studying courses such as Integrated Design opened my eyes to the broader aspects of engineering projects and inspired me to follow the Transportation path. It was also awesome to experience living in Sweden.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A lot of rowing! I’m pretty involved with the Canterbury Rowing Club, both rowing and as the secretary and deputy club captain. I’m also part of one of the Canterbury Civil Defence Response Teams, which involves weekly training and other courses. Other than that, I enjoy catching up with friends and exploring new places whenever I can!