Bechtel Fellows

Siv Bhamra, Rail Systems Engineering


Siv is internationally recognized in the railway industry, particularly for his work in advanced train control technologies and innovations that reduce overall train power consumption.

Get to Know Siv

What is the most exciting or challenging project you were involved in, and what was your role?

I would say the most challenging and exciting project I have been involved in is my current assignment as director for systems at Crossrail, a landmark rail project in London, UK, which is the largest construction project in Europe. When complete, it will improve journeys for millions of people. More than 10,000 jobs have been created and hundreds of young people are gaining professional skills during the current phase of this major project.

What is the best career advice that you've received?

The best career advice I gained was from my father, who served as an engineer for many companies during his 50-year career in the industry. He advised me to gain a good professional education and secure quality training. He also emphasized the importance of looking for the best in people and trying to understand what makes them good in terms of what they do and how they interact with their colleagues.

What do you see as the key skills that new engineers need to have in the global job market?

New engineers will need to have deep technical knowledge in their discipline and be broadly familiar with the elements of different technologies. Additionally, it is important to understand the principles of systems integration since projects are trending to become increasingly more complex. Apart from the technical skills it is essential also to possess other capabilities such as market awareness, customer and supplier relationships, and team working.

What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?

In order to deliver effective results through leadership, engineers have to envision and influence positive change in themselves and from their teams. The qualities that can be developed to secure that goal are technical competence, strategic thinking, honesty and integrity, commitment, positive attitude, and the ability to develop and delegate, communicate, and inspire. Leadership can be taught.