Lee Womersley helps oversee MGF’s engineering department, this includes a North West based team and a satellite team in Scotland. We sat down with Lee to find out more about his role.
What are your key responsibilities?
I check a range of designs including complex Category 3 designs for below and above ground propping schemes including rail and highway submissions, this involves taking on additional responsibilities as CRE-Design for Network Rail submissions specific to our discipline. I help develop and improve internal systems to ensure our department operates efficiently, these include our digital internal workload management systems and customer facing design tools such as our MiDesign Standard Solutions. I am a mentor and advisor from a technical aspect to MGF’s customers, internal Sales teams, and internal engineering department. I help head up MGF’s grass routes recruitment programme and oversee alongside our Chief Engineer the general recruitment plan for the department. I help lead MGF’s Institution of Civil Engineering‘s company training scheme, and carry out the role of approved SCE and Mentor and DE, working with MGF’s graduate Engineers and Technicians to obtain professional qualifications with the ICE.
What do you enjoy about your job?
The problem solving and making holistic judgement calls in different situations is an element I really enjoy. It is a pleasure getting to support the Engineers and Technicians with their professional development and watching them succeed. I get to help write and deliver training for both internal and external purposes and advise on design solutions, then see them working out on site. I also enjoy working with our internal developers to improve systems, which ultimately provides a more efficient design service for MGF’s customers.
Describe your journey to becoming a Civil Engineer
I left Fred Longworth High school in 2002, enrolling onto a full time BTEC in Construction & The Built Environment. Following completion of this 2-year course, I was employed as a Draughtsman for a further 2 years, in this time I learnt how to draw technically, after this, I had a brief break and wanted to come back to civil engineering in 2006. I have studied on a part-time basis whilst developing as a civil engineer, completing my Higher National Certificate in Building studies, before achieving a 1st Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Bolton. Post university, I pursued professional status with ICE, first as a Technical Member in 2014, then as an Incorporated Engineer in 2019. I finally sat my Chartered Professional Review in May 2021 to be registered as a Chartered Civil Engineer.
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