Interview
A civil engineer should strive for management skills rather than focusing on technical skills alone. - Umesh Sharma

Umesh Sharma is a Civil Engineer. He had done his B.Tech in Civil Engineering and MBA in Infrastructure & Construction Management. He also had done professional program of General Management Program from Harvard University. He has been working from last 12 years in civil engineering domain. He was fascinated by advance technologies and presentations which led him to do work in corporate job. He has worked with many organization like Vatika, Mahindra Group, Tata Steel. He updates himself regularly in terms of education, skills and training. He has suggested professional tips for civil engineer to work in corporate world. Here he share his journey, experience and massive knowledge of civil engineering with us.

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Umesh Sharma
Civil Engineer
Q1. Tell us about your educational background?

I have done my B.Tech in Civil Engineering and MBA in Infrastructure & Construction Management.
Besides my educational qualifications, I have also acquired professional qualifications as mentioned below:
1. General Management Program from Harvard University.
2. Certified Lead Auditor for Integrated Management Systems (Based on ISO 9001:2015-Quality Management Systems).
3. Certified Internal Auditor for Integrated Management Systems (Based on ISO 9001:2015-Quality Management / ISO 14001:2015-Environment Management / BS OHSAS 18001:2007-Occupational Health & Safety Standards)

Q2. Share your professional journey up to Senior Project Manager in Tata Steel Special Economic Zone?

I started my career as a petty site construction engineer, but advance technologies and presentations always fascinated me. This caused my entry into my first corporate job in 2006 with Vatika Limited. During my tenure at Vatika for approx. 6 years, I gained rich experience in advance construction technologies and management skills such as Project Control, Project Budgeting, Conceptualization etc.
In 2011, I joined Mahindra Group for their SEZ (Special Economic Zone cum Industrial Park) project. This was transition from Core real estate construction in Vatika to Industrial Park development in Mahindra Group. My tenure in Mahindra oversaw my growth in Management & leadership for Industrial Projects. I also got opportunity to be selected for Harvard University (General Management Course) as they had collaboration with Mahindra Leadership University.
My experience in Industrial Park development lead to my selection in Tata Steel, as they ventured into Industrial Park business. I got opportunities to get myself further trained for Management systems of ISO. This led to my elevation with additional responsibilities of Internal Quality Audit Incharge and was responsible for IMS certification of the company.

Q3. What is the most important thing is essential in any civil engineer?

In my view, it’s utmost important to study the market and development of the country, so that we can be prepared for the sector which would be at top of the growth leading to the professional growth of the individual, but this also means that a professional needs to get himself updated and trained for the same.

Q4. What are those standards do you see as an Internal Quality Audit Incharge?


1. ISO 9001:2015-Quality Management
2. ISO 14001:2015-Environment Management
3. BS OHSAS 18001:2007-Occupational Health & Safety Standards

Q5. Do you regularly update yourself in terms of education?

As it can be observed in my earlier answers, I updated myself regularly for obtaining upgradation in terms of education, skills and training.

Q6. What are your hobbies?

Some of my hobbies are Reading, Surfing for new Technologies, Long drives and touring.

Q7. Please share some suggestions for new civil engineer aspirants from a professional civil engineer?

At a particular period of the career, maybe after gaining experience of 6 to 7 years, a civil engineer should strive for management skills rather than focusing on technical skills alone, because as a Civil Engineer, a professional has to be a manager with technical as well as leadership solutions .

Happy Learning.
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