What discipline and cohort are you in?
Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:
Tunnelling – Plant and M&E Services
In my first rotation, half of the time was about learning and understanding how the tender process works and how/why a TBM is chosen in some of the key tunnel projects. I was also very fortunate to be involved in a couple of international tenders during my rotation, including liaising with TBM suppliers and managing plant budget. In this rotation, I was able to utilise practical engineering knowledge to work through construction sequences and solve problems independently while part of a larger team.
Melbourne Metro (CYP) - Plant Team
In my current rotation, the main task is tracking fuel consumption for CBD precinct plants. I’m the point of contact between sites and fuel supplier. I’m also responsible for tracking and forecasting fuel expenses. Based on the data, we can also analyse how fuel is consumed by different plants, which helps in budgeting future projects.
What does your typical workday look like?
On a typical day, the first thing when I arrive at the office would be reading emails received overnight. Then list down key tasks that are required to complete on the day.
Halfway through the day, I will go to sites if time allows, to meet up with site engineers and collect dockets.
By the end of the day, I try to spend 5-10 mins to reflect what’s done/not done today and take notes of any important events.
What has been the most interesting thing about your job?
Today I went down the shaft and witnessed our first breakthrough of the project - State Library Station. This was very exciting as everyone on this project has worked extremely hard. This is a great milestone to celebrate.
Working on this project makes me understand more about the amount of work required to build a tunnel and appreciate more when I drive through one.
What are the limitations of your role?
Less exposure to a site environment compared to other site-based engineers.
What is something you wish you knew before you started?
More knowledge about construction and tunnelling, I recommend reading civil journals/magazines.
How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?
By researching John Holland's key projects and gaining general knowledge about the construction industry.