Team Manager, Civil/Hydraulics, Water, QLD
Why did you want to become an engineer?
For me, civil engineering was really seeing my Dad do his job. Those days, giving away my age here, construction safety was a very different concept and site visits were quite enjoyable as a kid. On top of that, I remembered the smell of the plans and tender documents, which we used for scrap paper.
On a more serious note, Engineering really found me. I was not sure what University course to apply for, and ended up choosing engineering, by way of excluding everything else I did not like. In the end that worked out well because being an engineer makes me want to come to work every day.
Favourite thing about your job?
The diversity in tasks, being able to jump from reviewing budgets one moment, to attending a safety-in-design workshop next and then to discuss ways to avoid community impacts.
Sometimes the different engineering hats I wear get all mixed up, but that is exactly what I like. Another favourite thing is the opportunity to learn and never stop learning, there is always someone who knows more than you about something.
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
Being part of a recent D&C tender and winning it as part of a collaborative, high performing team.
The tender and delivery process challenged me on many levels and I have obtained valuable skills, both professionally and personally.
I also feel proud that we could start this delivery program during the COVID-19 period, in a remote working environment and hit the ground running in collaboration with the client.