Joe Dukelow works as a Senior Structural Technician at Arup.
What did you study and why?
I left school at 16 and initially wanted to start a career within the construction industry which led me to Arup and to the Engineering industry. I undertook part time study at Arup as part of my training and development, undertaking a National Certificate in Civil Engineering, taking 2 years, and then a Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering of equal duration. I then progressed on to a Higher National Diploma where I focused on Structural Engineering & Design.
How did you learn Tekla?
After initial training courses delivered by Tekla, the largest part of learning Tekla Structures has come from ‘on the job experience’. I have successfully complete six large scale projects with Tekla Structures over my 10 year career. Attending webinars and Tekla training courses has enabled me to keep up to date with changes and updates to the software and has helped with further learning. If Tekla Campus had existed when I first started to get to grips with the software I would have undoubtedly used that as a learning tool.
How is working at Arup?
Working at Arup is good, it’s a friendly and inclusive firm. If you are driven and work hard, you gain trust and often can proceed in the direction you want to with your career. Experience goes a long way but throughout your career - even when more junior - you get the opportunity to participate in wide range of projects varying of size, complexity and scale. To me, the most important and interesting projects that I have been a part of include The Leadenhall Building, Project Ove, The Pinnacle and one of my first projects, Limeburner Lane Substation.
Has knowing Tekla impacted your career?
Tekla has been interlaced to my career. It has enabled me with various teams to deliver high profile projects successfully. Using the software has ensured improved efficiency and project delivery to a high standard. Delivering Projects using Tekla Structures is a rewarding process!