Qualifications: • Structural Engineering Degree from Syria • NARIC: Equivalent to British bachelor Degree • 2004-2007: studying English language and other courses: BTEC and Business Management • 2009-2011: MSc Civil Engineering- university of East London with distinction.
Immigration: • 2004 forced to leave Syria by persecution • 2004-2007: work prohibited in the UK as an asylum seeker • 2011: Granted Refugee Leave to Remain in the UK.
Engineering Experience: • 2002-2004: Syria: executive engineer in building departments and dam building • 2004: Site manager for the project no 7 which included 3 sub-projects: - a hospital - a water station - local council building
2007: joined small Architects practice, London as part time CAD technician (minimum wage) • 2009-2011: working with Enki while studying Msc. • 2011-now: still working with Enki. What I learned from part time CAD job: • Design and calculate structural elements • Communications skills • Working and discussion with architects • Building control applications/ details including fire risk assessment and Thames water. • Health and safety and legal regulations
Software: • Super Beam • Euro Beam • Auto Cad • Staad Pro Languages: • English • Arabic • Kurdish and elementary Turkish
Why can’t find Civil, Str Eng. job? • Unsolved equation: Can’t get experience before working but company do not accept without experience. • Gap in career • UK Economy • Too many engineers. • Many companies think refugees do not have work permission.
What I want to do next? • Work in a Structural Engineering • To be part of the UK professional body( ICE, IEE) and involved in the professional society. • To be a chartered engineer. • To be positive in society and provide a better life quality for my family