Updated: Feb 12, 2021
On this week's careers in construction, meet Nnamdi, a Transport Technology Consultant at Atkins. Many transport consultancies in the UK are part of large multinational civil engineering companies. In a consultancy role you may be consulting for local authorities, transport executives, public transport operators including bus, train, ferry and airline operators. The work may include data collection, social research, statistical and computer modelling to predict future trends, impact assessments, route planning, public consultation, developing green travel plans and bid writing.
1. Why did you choose your career path?
My Masters is in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering, and my dissertation project was to implement formation control of mobile robots (i.e. connected and autonomous vehicles). Following this challenging, yet very exciting project, I sought out opportunities to advance my experience in the field. I started out as a Graduate consultant in Intelligent Transportation Systems and later became a Transport Technology Consultant in Intelligent Mobility and Smart Technologies.
2. What did you study in school/university?
My Bachelor’s degree is in Electronic Engineering and my Masters is stated above.
3. What certifications are associated with your career?
Certifications in project management and other related areas are beneficial. For example:
ii. Associate in Project Management (APM)
iii. IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
iv. Project Management Professional (PMP)
4. What advice do you have for someone looking to purse this career path?
You do not need to be an Engineer or to have studied a highly technical university degree to pursue this career path. Individuals from a range of backgrounds have made and continue to make excellent Transport Technology Consultants.