More about Samantha
Placement company: MACE
“NTU really stood out for me as not only is the course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the University also has great facilities and learning opportunities for students. I would definitely recommend taking a Placement year out if you can, it really puts all of the information learned during years one and two into perspective, and enhances your employability chances when you graduate, which is important in the current industry.
“I enjoy the wide range of knowledge that we are given by the course staff on all different topics from the basics of construction and how things are built, to the ways in which this information is quantified, and the construction law behind it all. I enjoy the different methods of learning that the tutors provide, from informative lectures to discussion seminars and lab sessions, giving the opportunity to explore different areas in greater depth.
What have you enjoyed most about your course?
“So far on the course we have been on a couple of trips including at Sainsbury’s distribution centre and the Victoria Centre in Nottingham. The most interesting of which was the visit to the large scale Sainsbury’s site at the Rail Freight Terminal in Daventry, which was a 1 million square foot unit featuring law bay and high bay racking serving as storage for the products which are to be sent to their stores.
“It was my first trip onto a construction site and I found it really interesting to see things which we had learnt about on the course being used in a live construction site, such as the uses of modern materials and construction methods, as well as understanding what sort of problems and challenges that a project may have to overcome.
How did you spend your placement year?
“I was offered a placement year out with MACE (a major construction Contractor) in their Aviation Sector at Heathrow Airport. The Project I am working on involves the replacement of 30 Baggage X-Ray Machines across Terminal 5. My role in this was to be a Quantity Surveyor, my main role was assisting with the day to day account management of a multi-million pound project.
“The highlight from my year in industry is being able to put my skills into practice, actively demonstrating my knowledge and getting to experience for myself what a Quantity Surveyor actually does on a day to day basis. Being out at work is rewarding but has also offered great learning opportunities for me to further my knowledge in certain areas.”