Engineer with a liking for water

Morten Rex Wittig, trainee in 2018 – now employed as an engineer

Before I started as a trainee, I had heard a lot of positive things from my network about Per Aarsleff A/S, so I decided to contact the company at the job fair for engineers at Navitas in Aarhus. Here, we talked about the company’s projects and the opportunities that were relevant for me. Based on this, I applied for a trainee job and was employed in the marine department in Aarsleff’s Copenhagen office.

During my engineer studies, I specialised in geostatics which is generally about the interaction between structures and surrounding materials – i.e. soil and water. In my spare time I enjoy sailing and surfing, so I know and understand the power of the sea. That’s why I was very pleased when I found out that I was going to spend most of my trainee period working on the large-scale expansion of Port of Rønne on Bornholm.

In the first phase of the port expansion in Rønne, I worked together with the senior project manager, and I was involved in site meetings, contact with consulting engineers and production. During my trainee period, it was possible to adjust my work to my current skills and to the areas in which I wanted to specialise. My general impression was that it was possible to assume a high degree of responsibility although I was “just” a trainee – all I had to do was to say “Yes”.

After graduating, I contacted my Aarsleff network and I was employed in Marine Construction, West on 1 February 2020. My first project as an engineer is the expansion of Port of Skagen. The project is divided into a number of sub-projects and I’m involved in the establishment of pier head and vertical drain as well as casting of capping beam. I have also been assigned with staff responsibility in the production.

As one of Denmark’s largest contracting companies, Aarsleff has its own barges and heavy machinery allowing the company to undertake large-scale projects. The atmosphere at Aarsleff is a good balance between a relaxed environment and a responsible approach to the work, providing the framework for an exciting workplace.