Why work at AWA?

Why work at AWA?

At AWA, we have spent 35 years envisaging, adapting and caring for impressive structures all across the UK. Our passion for this work, along with our commitment to our people, has helped us become one of the leading structural engineering companies in the South. Our team members are provided with support and guidance in a collaborative and friendly environment. We would love to provide more people the opportunity to develop their careers with AWA. Send us your CV at if you would like to learn more about us and share what motivates you to work in this field.

Our projects

Our work is what drives us here at AWA and we know that’s the same for any professional looking to work in structural, civil and marine engineering.

Seeing your work come to life can be one of the most exciting parts of the role. As an engineer or technician, you’ll be able to see a project develop and witness first-hand the impact a building can have on people’s lives.

From conservation projects to commercial builds, we offer a wide range of services to our clients. See just a few of the projects that you could be working on as a structural, civil or marine engineer at AWA.

A day in the life

AWA enjoying an afternoon of velodrome track cycling

Our welcoming office spaces are in Romsey and Bath, accessible by car and public transport.

At AWA we believe in promoting work-life balance, which is why we have adopted a 35-hour working week – less than the industry standard. We know our people lead busy lives and that it’s important for work to work for you.

As an employer of skilled professionals, we recognise that technology and access to easy-to-use systems is important to getting the job done, which is why we invest in the latest equipment, software and management tools, both for technical and administrative purposes.

Many of our team members have been through the process of gaining professional qualifications. We have approved members who can guide engineers to chartership status through ICE and IStructE Mentor-supported Training schemes.

Alongside that, we are also proud to offer other training opportunities. A recent opportunity for the team was attending the Build Better with Wood conference:

“Myself, Ben Whitfield, Josh Georgiou and Joshua Powell, today, attended a really informative and extremely inspirational conference #BuildBetterwithWood. A day full of great guest speakers and plenty of Q&A time left us all feeling the same way, that the future of construction needs to be timber if we are to reduce the huge negative impact that the construction industry has upon our planet”.
Mark Kent, Managing Director

No matter our working schedules, we aim to bring our people together regularly with social events on a minimum quarterly basis, and sponsored sports challenges for our charity of the year. Staff members and their families recently came together at Lepe Country Park for a summer BBQ.

“The Summer BBQ was a great opportunity for us all to get together with our families, play games, enjoy some delicious food and drink and climb trees!”.
Karen Wells, Office Manager

We are proud to be renowned for our work in the industry and know our employees feel the same. Enjoy the feeling of being at the pinnacle of your career at AWA, as well as the competitive pay and additional benefits listed below.

Meet one of AWA’s managing directors Mark Kent, who talks with Jamie Barrett from Evolution5 Construction Management & Consulting, who touches on AWA and structural engineering generally.

What we offer

Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits and schemes. These include:

  • 35-hour working week
  • 25 days annual leave (excl. bank holidays)
  • Bi-annual Profit Share scheme
  • Workplace pension contribution scheme
  • Private healthcare cover
  • Life insurance cover
  • Permanent health insurance cover
  • Paid professional membership & exam fees
  • Chartership mentor training scheme with ICE & IStructE
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Socials and charitable fundraising opportunities

Building your professional career with AWA

Whether you’re an experienced professional, looking for chartership guidance, considering your first job as a graduate, or looking to enrol on our apprenticeship scheme, AWA can support you.

Read Josh Powell’s story. Josh recently completed his engineering degree and now works as a Graduate Structural Engineer.

Choosing your path

University route

You can become a structural engineer by gaining a full-time Bachelors Degree in Engineering, accredited for subsequent Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

This degree typically takes three to four years to complete. Between your University terms, AWA provide work experience opportunities to support you every step of the way, and offer a competitive graduate salary following completion of your degree.

Apprenticeship route

Becoming qualified in structural engineering through an AWA apprenticeship allows you to learn while you work.

Depending on your education level when you join us, this might involve firstly undertaking a BTEC qualification, Diploma, NVQ, HNC, HND, or other work-related qualifications. On gaining these qualifications, we offer enrolment on to a Bachelors Degree in Engineering to ultimately become a practising structural engineer.

All of these qualifications would be funded by AWA, with paid leave granted to attend classes.

This flow chart published by the Engineering Council provides a visual example of the paths you can take to become a structural engineer.

Joining AWA as an experienced professional

Within our team we have colleagues at a range of professional levels, including a number of chartered engineers, demonstrating a high level of competence and commitment to continuous professional development.

Growing our team of experienced professionals is something we are committed to in order to offer excellence for our clients and collaborators.

If you have years of experience in your field and are considering taking the next step towards being professionally qualified, AWA can support you to achieve that. Why not take a look at our current vacancies or get in touch with us at to find out more.

Staff Insights

A look back: First year as a graduate Structural Engineer

First inspired to start a career in structural engineering by working on his parents’ house renovation at age 16, recent graduate Joshua Powell now works as a Structural Engineer at AWA.

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Becoming a Structural Technician – Chris’ journey

Chris Warren is a Senior Structural Technician at Andrew Waring Associates (AWA). Growing up enjoying drawing, Chris applied to work as a structural technician after seeing a job advertised in a local newspaper at the age of 17. We speak to Chris about his career and why he has never looked back.

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Working as a Technical Director at AWA: An interview with Ben Whitfield

Putting in the groundwork to set up a new office in Bath, we speak to AWA Technical Director Ben Whitfield about his career journey and current projects. Ben graduated from the University of Bath in 2008 and has been working for AWA for almost two years.

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Develop your career with AWA

Take a look at our current vacancies or send us your CV at, we always welcome applications from talented people who are keen to join our growing practice.

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