Take a Closer Look: Dave Ogilvie, Graduate Engineer

Over the next few months we will be shining a spotlight on some of our Graduate Engineers as we celebrate the Year of Engineering. Our aim is to take a closer look at those who have just started their Engineering careers – to find out what inspired them to choose this exciting career path, and to see how they have found life as an engineer so far! We’ve also thrown in a few questions just for fun…

This week we sat down with Dave Ogilvie, a Graduate Engineer who started his career with Curtins just under 4 years ago.

Name: David Ogilvie

Age: 25

What area of engineering do you specialise in?


What is your favourite aspect of the job?

When the design goes for construction, things start to happen on site and you see your hard work finally getting built and becoming a reality.

What has been the biggest achievement in your career so far?

I designed the new Merseyside police headquarters in Liverpool, this was a good sized local job in which I was heavily involved. There were many complex requirements that we achieved to a very high standard. It gave me a lot of experience and taught me a lot of new things and overall it was a building which the client and contractor were both very happy with.

What daily challenges do you face?

There are always challenges in trying to build a structure which balances cost, time and quality. We are constantly looking for the most efficient design that is cost effective and that the architect is happy with. That combined with projects scopes that change frequently and tight time frames are the main challenges in my role.

Where did you graduate from?

I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University BEng (Hons) and I am currently doing a masters in structural engineering (MSc) part time.

What subjects did you take at GSCE level?

English Language; English Literature; French; Geography; Chemistry; Biology; Physics; Maths; I.T; Electronics.

Favourite school subject?


Why did you become an engineer? What inspired you?

I always loved creating things, making things with my hands and seeing things come to fruition.  That combined with my ability to grasp maths and physics quite intuitively led me down the engineering route. Then it was only when learning how much of an impact civil and structural engineers effect pretty much everything we do and use in our day to day lives I knew that structural engineering was the career for me.

If you could give your school aged self career advice, what would it be?

Try and get as much work experience as you can before and during university as it will help a lot throughout your degree and once you have graduated you will have a good head start.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I have a pet tortoise called Sheldon.

Do you have any hobbies?

Drumming; Basketball; DIY projects; Pool; 3D printing; Travelling.

Favourite song?

Downtown by Macklemore.

Favourite film?

It’s a close call between The Fifth Element and The Avengers.

Finally, what are your goals for 2018?

To complete my masters, and then take a well-deserved holiday!