Following in my parents’ footsteps – My path to Project Engineer
Anamaria Barsan joined ITM in 2016 as a Project Engineer. Her choice of engineering as a career was never in doubt, with her mother, aunts and father all being engineers. We spoke to Ana to find out how she’s built her career to date, and what might be next…
How did you get into the role of Project Engineer?
Having studied Geodetic Engineering at university and obtained my Master’s in Processing and Analysing Geospatial Data in Bucharest, working as a Project Engineer was the next natural step, putting into practice what I had studied for.
To date, my roles have been varied and have included being a Photovoltaic Project Engineer in Bucharest, a Geodetic Engineer in Passau and a Design Coordinator in Doha. I certainly never dreamed that, by the age of 27, I would be one of just five women in the State of Qata working on the Doha Metro.
After two years on this high-profile project, I sought further international experience and on moving to London in 2016, I joined ITM as a Project Engineer.
What are your main responsibilities as Project Engineer?
I am responsible for organising and overseeing the installation of large, project specific geotechnical and structural monitoring systems across rail, road and building projects, assisting the Project Manager and delivery teams.
My day usually begins with checking my emails, spending some time organising and prioritising the day’s to do list. Depending on the phase of each project I’m working on, I handle different types of tasks, which could include document preparation, planning the installation works, site visits, liaison and meetings with clients and analysing and reviewing data in Calyx, ITM’s data visualisation platform. It is this daily variety and being able to work on projects from start right through to completion, which I find so enjoyable.
Which projects are you currently working on?
The projects I’m working on at the moment include DAMAC Tower, Battersea Power Station Redevelopment Phase 3a, Stoney Street and the Silvertown Tunnel. This can change, however, depending on the need of other ITM Monitoring projects. I love getting to work on these kinds of major projects in my specialist field.
Where do you want your career to take you?
I believe that the things that you want in your life will show up when you stop chasing them so, at the moment, I am focused on doing my current role really well, delivering exceptional service for our clients. My aim is to take on more responsibility, stepping up as a Project Manager when the time is right.
Any advice for people thinking about applying for a Project Engineer position?
The main challenge of my role is meeting our client’s deadlines and ensuring the best quality of work and practices. The core skills you need to succeed at this include an ability to work under pressure, prioritise, be confident in making decisions, as well as excellent communication skills. I would say to anyone thinking about becoming a Project Engineer, make sure you have these skills and be prepared and open minded to face all kind of challenges. Yes, it can be challenging at times, but that’s part of the fun.
We’re currently recruiting for Project Engineers. If you think you’ve got what it takes to join ITM Monitoring – now part of the SOCOTEC Group – click here to apply.