Jan De Nul: TU Delft students visit Panama project – DredgeWire

On Friday 5 February, 32 students from TU Delft’s Master’s programme in Engineering Project Management and 2 supervisors visited Jan De Nul’s lock project in Panama. Our colleagues Jan Van Den Driessche and Marco Roks gladly took on the role of guides. They immersed the students in the Jan De Nul world and gave them an instructive and fun day to remember.

From 2009 to 2016, Jan De Nul helped build the third set of lock complexes in the Panama Canal. The project included two equal lock complexes, one on the Atlantic Ocean side and one on the Pacific Ocean side. The TU Delft students visited the lock on the Atlantic side, a structure 55 metres wide, 427 metres long and 18.3 metres deep. They received on-site explanations on how the building of the locks and a project of this size is organised.

Besides concrete expertise, our colleagues explained what it is like to work for Jan De Nul. What does it mean to be an expat, what is a project abroad like, what are the career opportunities, but also what is the work regime and how is housing organised? Very concrete explanations that gave the students a better understanding of what the life of a Jan De Nul employee abroad is like.

Of course, entertainment was also considered. The group made an excursion to a cable car through the jungle and took a guided walk through the forest with a stop at a butterfly garden and terrarium. The students as well as our colleagues look back on an instructive and relaxing day in which they expanded their network and, above all, became eager to put their own education into practice soon.