ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member;
The placement taught me that I could work with multidisciplinary teams effectively. This is something I never had experience in, before, and I was frankly worried about the same. However I was able to meet the demands of the MDTs very well. In terms of multi-cultural working, the University already provides a similar working structure, so I did not see much difference here. However leadership in the context of team work is something that was new for me, and I was able to assume leadership for a very short time for a project documental task and I believe that experience enriched me.
understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
In theoretical standards, the Civil engineer learns cultural, global and environmental responsibilities. In the industry placement I did not comes into direct application of the social, global and environmental responsibilities. However as part of the placement experience, interns were given a CSR booklet and a manual on the civil engineers responsibilities when working with the company. This was very insightful in presenting real time implications that a civil engineer has to understand when it comes to sustainable development.
understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development
Sustainable development practices of the company included some key notes on how the engineers employed must ensure that at all times during development they have to be aware of the sustainability related issues in the workplace. These issues might be because of inadequate storage, or it could be because of more than estimated usage of materials because planning was in sufficient. Wastage related issues were also addressed as part of sustainable design and development. The key links to Governmental practices when it comes to sustainability was also presented to the engineers at the workplace.