Gul Khalil

MSc Geotechnical Engineering Management, 2013
Principal Engineer, Mott MacDonald Pakistan

As a Principal Engineer I'm responsible for project design and construction management of various building lots including review of the program, scheduling of construction works and providing support to the planning team.

This involves attending technical meetings and site visits with; relevant authorities, the client, contractors and internal departments (Architecture, Structure, Highways, Civil, HSE, LARP, Finance, Contract, Planning, QA/QC and Administration). It also involves review of Issued for Construction (IFC) drawings, review of design for Highway, Architecture and Civil works and review of Interim Payment Applications received from contractors. I also assist and manage material submittal for civil, architectural, structure and MEP works, as well as providing technical and administrative assistance to Audit Teams (In House and External “Government of KPK”) ensuring compliance to approved TOR’s. 

How has your career developed since graduating from the University of Birmingham and what is the best thing about what you're doing now?

My degree from University of Birmingham has provided me an edge in excelling in my career whereby the design management, construction management and contracts learning I acquired, I have applied effectively since I left the university. The best thing about my role now is that I enjoy  being among the senior management, taking decisions, coordinating with the client, contractors, financing bank and community to resolve all kinds of issues.

What motivates you?

My main motivation is my own satisfaction in whatever I do. I want to mentor people, guide them to excel in life and hence progress. I guide all stakeholders in my project and that is appreciated by all and hence I kept on getting motivated.

Why did you originally apply to the University of Birmingham and how did your time here help you start your career?

I applied to the University of Birmingham because the course I opted for, MSc Geotechnical Engineering Management, does encompass all subjects that I needed to learn to progress within my profession. The additional learning in design and management provided me an opportunity to excel and hence I found a job where I have utilised all my skills since I left UOB.

What are your fondest memories of the University?

The University of Birmingham offers a unique environment in the UK, with a diverse group of people from various parts of the world, comprising of different religions and schools of thoughts. I enjoyed living with all of them.

Gul Khalil


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Did you get involved in any extracurricular activities as a student?

I enjoyed many extracurricular activities like; Student Representative 2012-13, Elected Member of Student-Staff Committee 2012-2013 and Elected Member of Senate in the Guild of Students, 2012-2013.