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Insights Meet James, Senior Engineer II, the Water Infrastructure Group

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Learn more about James’ career and favorite quote.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your professional background?

A: During my tenure at Atkins I have worked in the Transportation/Highways as well as the Water Infrastructure groups. I continue to push for well-rounded professional technical experiences in the planning and design realms of civil engineering. This ambition to continuously diversify my technical skills is always welcomed with open arms by supervisors and leadership. It is my opinion that well-rounded professional and technical personnel can effectively contribute to the success of a myriad of projects as much as specialized personnel. I have found that no matter what type of design project is underway, technical skills from other disciplines are always required in order to effectively deliver work.

Q: What do you think has had the biggest impact on your career development to date?

A: Mentorship. Here at Atkins, I have been the understudy of numerous top-notch individuals working in the civil engineering profession. Working directly with these individuals has exponentially accelerated my growth in a variety of technical disciplines.

Q: What is your favorite quote and why?

A: “Because of 4 a.m.” – Kobe Bryant.  It is my opinion that in order to accel in any field or craft you must be willing to go the extra mile, must be willing to work harder than others, at times when others would prefer to engage in leisure.

Q: Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

A: My favorite activity and/or past time is to be on the lake/river, fishing.

Make your next career move with us

Are you thinking about joining AtkinsRéalis , and our Atkins and Faithful+Gould businesses? With growing populations, climate change and pollution, we're seeing our clients face increasingly challenging projects. We’re continuing to build diverse teams so we have a mix of thinkers, like Matt, who can help us tackle these challenges with innovative solutions.

If his story has inspired you, why not learn more about our water market and browse our latest roles. Whether you're looking for a drainage engineer, civil engineer or project manager job - or something more niche - we could have the opportunity that is right for you.

About our Water Market: 

Our clients in the water supply and quality industry not only work with one of the most complex, ever-changing resources – they work with one of the most important. Simply put, water sustains all life, which is why we’re proud to bring together the best expertise and latest innovations to meet the challenges facing our clients – and the wider world – head on. 

Humans and water have a complicated relationship. We need to protect and nurture it, but also understand that it can be a dangerous and destructive force. Our water management experts recognize this and make sure sustainability and safety are central to every project we deliver.