Trainee quantity surveyor urges young people to consider civil engineering20th Apr 2017

A high-flying graduate who achieved a first class honours degree in accountancy and finance is carving out a career with Jones Bros.

And Steffan Morgan is urging other young graduates to enter the sector, even if their degree isn’t directly related to civil engineering.

Steffan, 24, is a quantity surveyor/estimator in the commercial department at Jones Bros. He is now studying to become a quantity surveyor and once qualified, later this year, his ambition is to achieve chartered status.

Steffan, of Llandudno Junction, achieved his degree at Bangor University and went on to do a masters degree in finance, earning a distinction.

“I really had no idea but knew I didn’t want to be an accountant,” said Steffan, who originally hails from Maesteg in South Wales.

“After my masters degree I felt a bit lost, not knowing what to do. I was casting around and spotted a job being advertised by Jones Bros for an estimator and thought it sounded interesting. I applied, got it and have now been with the company for nearly three years.

“Despite not knowing one end of a shovel from another when I started I really love it. My role involves preparing a take-off list when you extract information from a drawing and then transferring this information into an accurate bill of quantities. When this is complete I would conduct cost calculations in order to finalise the total value of the works.

“With Jones Bros you get to work across lots of sectors, including energy and renewables, highways, land remediation and coastal and marine.”

Steffan is studying for a degree in quantity surveying via a distance-learning course with Salford University.

He said “I would recommend graduates and undergraduates to consider the civil engineering sector. It is a great career and I have proved that you don’t necessarily need a degree in civil engineering.”