Life at Murphy
I initially got involved with J. Murphy & Sons during a summer placement in 2018, spending the summer within the M4 Business unit on the Cadent Pipeline diversions. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and loved the working environment Murphy’s had established on the site. The following summer I decided to gain experience with a summer placement in a design office. Although I also enjoyed this experience, I decided to join Murphy as a graduate in September 2020. The main reasons for this choice being the projects Murphy are involved in and the clear values of One Murphy, One Family, One Team.
I joined Murphy as a graduate during the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was a real relief as several of my graduating year had their joining date pushed back to early 2021 with other Civil engineering companies. The induction we received was as inclusive and enjoyable as it possibly could have been given the social distancing requirements, having graduates spread across several of the main murphy offices but connected via teams. The first talk we received on the day was from CEO John Murphy explaining about the business and the targets of the next 5 years, this really made me feel a valued member of the murphy family immediately. We then received several talks from other directors over teams, when I finished my induction, I had a clear understanding of what to expect from Murphy and what Murphy expects from me.
My first rotation as a graduate was with Major Projects with LM (Laing O’Rourke – Murphy) joint venture. LM was delivering enabling works for High-Speed Rail 2 (HS2) area north, which stretched from North Staffordshire to South Warwickshire. My role in this project was acting as a design co-ordinator for the work package responsible for ecological mitigation sites across the route. Due to covid, I mainly conducted this work from my own home but still received all the support and mentorship where I was able to develop and learn within the role. I still felt as though I was part of the team even though all my interaction was across a computer screen.
My Next rotation was within the M4 business unit taking part in high pressure gas line diversions, again as part of the wider HS2 project. This role required me to be on site delivering the project and Murphy’s again was great in proving me with all the support I required in setting myself up away from home. The project itself was great in developing my engineering practice and knowledge and I was able to translate this directly into strong supporting attributes with my supervising Engineer for my ICE chartership progression. I really enjoyed this project not only because of the works involved but because of the team I was able to work with.