Edwin’s career profile

Born in Malawi, I moved to the UK in the 80s, went to school in Wiltshire and grew up near Boscome Down airbase. After doing work experience with the RAF training school in fast jets maintenance and crews, I wanted to become an aircraft technician and travel the world fixing aircraft.

I discovered that if I went to my local college and did a BTEC National Diploma (2 years) in Engineering I could start working at Boscome Down at a higher position than as an apprentice after passing my GCSEs.

Then, I went to The University of Bath and did a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

After university my interest in the military left me, but I still wanted to travel, so I spent 2000 to 2002 working for an Oil Exploration company in Southern Nigeria. Back at home, I joined a chartered engineer training scheme on the London Underground, during which time I was seconded to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and by the end was a Project Engineer and Acting Project Manager managing a budget of £3.1 million.

In December 2006 I became a Chartered Engineer, and in early 2007 I joined Network Rail, where I became a Signalling Project Engineer. In May 2008, I joined Mace, an Engineering Consultancy and started work on one of their flagship projects: the Shard of Glass at London Bridge (soon to be the tallest building in Western Europe).

In the future, I am working toward registration as an International Professional Engineer (IntPE) for which I hope to apply next summer. I am also hoping to be taking some exams next year to become a fully qualified Project Manager.