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Harry Armstrong

Name: Harry Armstrong
Job: Senior Engineer, DRD Roads Service

Subjects taken - BSc Civil Engineering

How would you describe a typical day in your current job?

Whilst you can try and plan your day you never know what's ahead of you. The public or elected representatives can contact you at any time seeking information. Between these calls I try and ensure the public transport network in Belfast is as reliable as possible.

What made you decide to study your degree subject at university?

I was fascinated by structures such as bridges and tall buildings. I also liked the fact that a career in civil engineering would involve site work and let you get out of the office quite a bit.

What attracted you to your current job?

After working for a spell designing buildings the opportunity arose to join Roads Service. I am now passionate about sustainable transport and am fortunate to be in a position where I can help to change people's travel patterns.

What aspects do you find most satisfying about your current job?

It's nice when you open something like the Sprucefield Park and Ride and find that upwards of 300 people are now regularly leaving their car and using the bus to get into Belfast. You feel you are making a real difference.

How did your time at Queen's equip you with the personal and professional skills for your chosen career?

My time at Queen's gave me a good broad background in all aspects of civil engineering. This gave me the confidence to try different aspects of it, from structural design to traffic management.