Paul Dobson Site Enginerr

A Day in the Life of a Construction Site Engineer

August 5, 2016

Paul Dobson Crane Sheffield Hospital Construction & BuildMeet Mr Paul Dobson

Paul Dobson explains why he chose to become a site engineer and tells us a little bit about what he does and why he is passionate about his job as a Freelance Site Engineer


What made you decide on a career in Engineering?

I like to build ‘things’ – I think this comes from a love of playing with Lego and Meccano as a youngster.


What do you most love about working in construction?

Visiting a finished building gives me a great sense of satisfaction, seeing people using or enjoying something that I have had a hand in building and knowing that I am shaping the future of the built environment is inspirational.


What has been the highlight of your career?

Sheffied Childrens Hospital Simon Group Construction & BuildSheffield Children’s Hospital. This is my current project and is most definitely the highlight of my career so far.

I have been working on the transformation of the childrens hospital since 2014. The hospital has remained in full use throughout.

I feel honoured to work on the extension, knowing that it’s going to make such a difference to the children, their parents and the hospital staff who do an amazing job.

Click here to view details on this project

Please give a brief summary of your job

As a Site Engineer,  generally I am involved in one project at a time often due to size. No two days are the same; Surveying, setting out, producing drawings, site safety and supervision plus I do a nice line in tower-crane tours!

Check out photos from Pauls Tower Crane Tours!

If you could put your name to any building in the world, which one would it be?

There’s so many amazing buildings around these days so it’s difficult to choose – I’m a fan of gothic architecture and love to walk around old buildings like universities, castles and cathedrals and marvel at the architecture and wonder just how on earth did they built it!


How long and what are the benefits of freelancing?

7 years on and off and now 5 years full-time. as a Freelance Site Engineer. Freelancing gives me flexibility; a wider choice of where I work and the companies I can work for.


How do Simon Nicholas Associates differ from any other agency ?

Simon with Paul Dobson Site Engineer Simons GroupSimon Nicholas Associates are a smaller, more personal and friendly consultancy  I am not just a contractor on the end of a phone; I have had the pleasure of meeting most of the team and built up a good working relationship with them over these past 5 years. I would definitely recommend them.

A word form Simon Nicholas Associates

We at Simon Nicholas Associates would like to thank Paul for all his hard work, dedication and commitment whilst working with Simon Nicholas Associates. We greatly appreciate all that you do. An absolute pleasure to work with.


Sam DogThis post is not complete of course without the mention of “Sam Dog”, Pauls’ faithful companion, who is frequently seen on site. Known as part of the management team, every site office should have a Sam Dog! She even has her own Simon Nicholas Associates photo album.


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