Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Plan BEE Update

Josh’s mug shot

The first rotation of PlanBEE students happened at the start of February. As we said goodbye to Maddy, following her 4 months with us, we welcomed Josh to the xsite team.

We had a quick Q&A with Josh to get to know a bit about him!

Where do you come from?
I come from a village on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.

What did you study at GCSE/A Level?
I studied Process Engineering and Maths at Middlesbrough Sixth Form.

Which other Plan BEE placements have you completed to date?
My first Plan BEE placement was at CUNDALL, which is an engineering consultancy based in Gosforth. During my four month placement I was in the structures team where I gained experience and knowledge on the engineering processes behind the structure of a building.

Did you have any prior experience of the construction industry before you enrolled onto Plan BEE?
In 2016 I completed a six week voluntary work experience at Ace Aluminium & Architectural Services LTD. Whilst there I gained insight into site feasibility, H&S and design and installation. Time was also spent designing curtain walling, bespoke glazing, structural glazing and windows and doors systems. 

Why did you choose Plan BEE over taking a more traditional route?
I chose Plan BEE as I felt that many other courses couldn't offer the opportunities that where available through the course such as; working amongst some of the leading industry companies in the North East and having the opportunity to gain from their experience.

What do you think are good skills or traits to have, in general and you specifically for you as a Plan BEE student?
From a young age I have been interested in the look and shape of buildings which has helped my decision on wanting a career in the construction industry, where I will be able to learn about architecture and design. I feel that my problem solving skills and the ability to think outside of the box will be beneficial and help me in my future career path.

What have you enjoyed/learned over your first few weeks at xsite architecture?
During my time at xsite, I have gained a better understanding of REVIT and CAD through developing 2D and 3D models based on existing projects. This opportunity has allowed me to navigate around the software’s and improve my BIM skills along with creating to scale models.

What do you hope to get out of your placement with xsite?
At CUNDALL I gained valuable experience regarding the structural aspect of construction. This included structural calculations and load points. Now at xsite I hope I will be able to further my knowledge of design principles. Also through use of REVIT and other BIM software I hope to experience how 3D software is used on current and future projects.

What are you interests outside of the course?
During my spare time I enjoy watching county cricket at local grounds such County Durham. I also enjoy getting out in the fresh air and going for a long run along with travelling and visiting new places, mainly cities.

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