Cornish engineer Andrew Smith has been awarded membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) - an influential body representing over 92,000 civil engineers and technicians across the world.

ICE's professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised and highly valued. Andrew, who has met all the requirements of the ICE’s Chartered Professional Review, is now entitled to adopt the institution’s protected title of Chartered Civil Engineer.

Andrew, a project engineer for Kier in Cornwall, was presented his membership certificate by ICE president Lord Robert Mair at a special ceremony in Westminster, London.

“From an early age I wanted to be involved with construction," said Andrew. "During the summer holidays I used to help my step dad on his building sites. After completing my A levels I decided to enrol in a civil engineering degree and I have never looked back.

“My career highlight is achieving the qualification of Chartered Civil Engineer member with the Institution of Civil Engineers. The challenge and reward was greater due to changing my employer and field of civil engineering within the last 12 months, during my review process.”

Richard Fish, ICE regional chair, commented:

“Achieving Chartered Civil Engineer status is a significant personal and career achievement and I congratulate Andrew on his success. We are proud to celebrate our members and how their work in civil engineering transforms people’s lives for the better and safeguards the future for their families.”