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Aurecon Graduate Programs & Internships

Aurecon is more than an engineering, design and advisory company– the Australian Financial Review (AFR) named us Australasia’s Most Innovative Company for 2020. Hardwired in our DNA are engineering, design and the deep need to leave a legacy. We believe humanity depends on engineering; and we recognise we have a broader stewardship role to play.

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Closing in 4 months

Choosing a career path as an undergraduate can be challenging. In our internship programme, you will be placed in a technical field of your choice (where possible) for approximately three months to gain experience in that field and help you decide if it is right for you.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

Past Aurecon Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Aurecon, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Aurecon hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20Sep 20Oct 20Nov 20Dec 20Jan 21Feb 21Mar 21Apr 210369121 job0 job1 job1 job0 job0 job0 job0 job0 job0 job0 job12 jobs
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Job types

  • Graduate Jobs (80%),

  • Internships (20%),

Disciplines

  • Arts and Humanities (27%),

  • Banking and Finance (27%),

  • Business and Commerce (47%),

  • Communications (27%),

  • Design and User Experience (7%),

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Locations

  • Adelaide (100%),

  • Brisbane (100%),

  • Melbourne (100%),

  • Perth (100%),

  • Sydney (100%),

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Work rights

  • New Zealand Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • Australian Bridging Visa (100%),

  • Australian Student Visa (100%),

  • Australian Working Visa (100%),

  • Australian Skilled Migration Visa (485) (80%),

Past Aurecon Graduate Programs & Internships

Check out some of Aurecon's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


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Closed 9 days ago

Collaborative decision making is at the heart of every successful project. When Aurecon leads community consultation and stakeholder engagement activities, we speak, listen and collaborate with stakeholders to motivate, educate and reach the best possible outcomes.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

Aurecon

Closed 9 days ago

Our team includes specialists that understand climate change risk and resilience, to identify climate change impacts. We partner with public and private sector clients to research and understand environmental impacts for their infrastructure projects and investments.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

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Closed 9 days ago

Aurecon’s Infrastructure Advisory team helps help organisations make better decisions about the asset base to deliver infrastructure projects that improve both productivity and quality of life.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

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Closed 9 days ago

Aurecon’s digital advisory team assists clients in planning, procuring and managing their digitally connected enterprises to not only future proof businesses, but to exploit the opportunities a digital future presents.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

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Closed 9 days ago

Aurecon’s program and project management capabilities provide clients with certainty of project outcomes. The team has experience in portfolio management, program management, project management, engineering, procurement and construction management.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

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Closed 9 days ago

The sustainable management of water infrastructure requires an integrated approach to design, construction, operations and management. Our team applies their knowledge of the water sector and couples this with design led engineering to create unconventional and cost-effective solutions.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

Aurecon

Closed 9 days ago

The Built Environment team provides services across the entire project lifecycle, from master planning and the conducting of feasibility studies to engineering design documentation, construction supervision, and operations and maintenance, within the commercial, industrial, sports and leisure

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

Aurecon

Closed 9 days ago

The Resources and Manufacturing team provides clients with access to the raw materials that drive future growth, innovation and opportunities for the future.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

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Closed 9 days ago

Aurecon’s energy team works across the full spectrum of the energy supply chain – from generation, transmission and distribution to retail – and engages with stakeholders from investors and technology providers through to communities and regulators.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

Aurecon

Closed 9 days ago

Our land infrastructure team provides advisory services, project management, design engineering, urban design, environmental assessment and monitoring, surveying and spatial services, and environmental and policy planning.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

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Closed 9 days ago

As the transport market evolves, challenges arise which require non-traditional approaches and innovative solutions. Aurecon’s expertise is increasingly in demand across road, rail, ports and marine, aviation and urban transport.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

Aurecon

Closed 9 days ago

The goal of the Asset Management team is to create a robust capability within Aurecon to support clients in extracting maximum value from their assets over the entire life cycle.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 13 other locations

accepts international

Yes

Remote friendly

Yes

Aurecon

Closed 8 months ago

Aurecon’s internship programme coincides with university summer break, so students typically start after their exam period in November/December and work through until university resumes in February/March.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 4 other locations

Aurecon

Closed 9 months ago

Aurecon’s internship programme coincides with university summer break, so students typically start after their exam period in November/December and work through until university resumes in February/March.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 4 other locations

Aurecon

Closed a year ago

Aurecon’s internship programme coincides with university summer break, so students typically start after their exam period in November/December and work through until university resumes in February/March.

JOB TYPE

Internships

LOCATION

Sydney and 4 other locations

About Us

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Who are we?

Aurecon is more than an engineering, design and advisory company. 

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) named us Australasia’s Most Innovative Company and Most Innovative Professional Services Company for 2020. We were also honoured to win the AFR's Top 100 Graduate Employers ‘Most Popular Engineering and Resources Employer Award’ for the second year in a row, and we made top 10 in the Top 100 Most Popular Graduate Employers list. 

Hardwired in our DNA are engineering, design and the deep need to leave a legacy. We believe humanity depends on engineering; and we recognise we have a broader stewardship role to play. A deep responsibility to hold. As we continually strive for a life in balance, Aurecon clients will be ready for the future and engineered for life.

What makes us unconventional?

The people who design a better future for humanity are the brave new thinkers like you.

We need you to draw upon unconventional ideas and piece together solutions to complex challenges.

From designing a breakthrough solar-powered water treatment plant that provides safe drinking water to Indigenous and remote communities across Australia, to using digital technology to plan and restore safe transport access to communities in New Zealand after major landslips. To revitalising and transforming a Hong Kong historical landmark into a place of creativity and learning for generations to come.

Join us and together we’ll make an impact that shifts the world.

Apply for a role and start exploring your future with us today.

Why Join Us?

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Start your engineering journey with us! As an Aurecon graduate, you will work in a collaborative environment where you have the flexibility to pursue your passions, design your own pathway, and fast track your career.

As part of a diverse and inclusive team, you’ll collaborate with others across geographies and markets, applying your skills to re-imagine engineering and design a better future. You will also work alongside industry leading professionals, mentors and peers. If you would like to experience numerous areas of Aurecon’s business, we can facilitate that too.

Your contributions will be valued, and you will be applying your learning to some of the world’s most complex projects:

Project Gilghi, Australia

25 King St, Brisbane

Western Sydney International Airport

Learning opportunities for graduates

Join a programme developed specifically for graduates to give you the head-start needed to become a professional who is ready for the future.

Through the programme, you will develop a strong foundation of relevant skills and experience to ensure a successful start to your career at Aurecon. We deliver our learning through formal, interactive, and informal learning experiences.

In Aurecon's graduate programme:

  • We focus on helping you develop strong communication skills, build your personal brand, and broaden your network at Aurecon.
  • We help you understand the attributes of high-performing teams and develop your ability to collaborate with others for successful outcomes.
  • You will learn how to communicate with impact and how to use design thinking methodology to produce superior business and client outcomes.
  • You will examine future career pathways and options (including becoming a registered/chartered professional).

You will further develop your resilience to change and your ability to communicate across all levels of our organisation.

As part of the programme, you will have access to the development offerings below:

Design to Innovate series

The Design to Innovate series focuses on how we can unlock our creativity, unpack complexity and explore what is possible to deliver better outcomes for our clients. The modules are delivered as interactive, classroom-based sessions and cover topics such as design-led thinking, innovation, problem definition, problem solving, visual communication and strategy development.

Digital learning and design training

Aurecon has chosen to partner with a leading online learning platform that will allow you to grow your digital and design capabilities, as well as grow personally and professionally.

You will have access to a growing course library with courses that range from basic to specialist learning across a wide range of subjects and software, such as:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Programming and IT
  • Interactive Design and 3D Animation

pmX

The Project Management Excellence programme is designed to provide aspiring and current Project Managers with the knowledge, skills and expertise to deliver exceptional Aurecon projects.

pmX is delivered via online, on-demand learning, complemented with instructor-led content which can be delivered in person or in a virtual environment. pmX assists learners in creating an individually tailored, competency-based, self-paced learning approach, designed to target areas of strength and further develop areas for improvement.

Graduate Program

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Our programme

As an Aurecon graduate, you will work in a collaborative environment where you have the flexibility to pursue your passions, design your own pathway, and fast track your career.

As part of a diverse and inclusive team, you’ll collaborate with others across geographies and markets, applying your skills to re-imagine engineering and design a better future.

You will also work alongside industry leading professionals, mentors and peers. If you would like to experience numerous areas of Aurecon’s business, we can facilitate that too.

Our teams

Due to the wide breadth of services that Aurecon offers, we organise our work and our people across several multidisciplinary and diverse teams.

Each of our teams provide exciting career possibilities and the opportunity to work with internationally recognised experts — meaning you get to work with and learn from the best in the business whilst delivering complex and innovative projects in a collaborative peer group spread across the world.

The table below indicates how your degree is best matched for work in specific teams.

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Internships & Clerkships

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Our programme

Choosing a career path as an undergraduate can be challenging. While you may have an interest in a particular area, you sometimes don’t know which path to follow until you’ve had some practical work experience. 

In our internship programme, you will be placed in a technical field of your choice (where possible) for approximately three months to gain experience in that field and help you decide if it is right for you.

Aurecon’s internship programme coincides with the university summer break. At the end of the experience, we give our internship students structured feedback on their performance to assist in their professional development.

While open to all students, the programme has been designed for undergraduates ideally in their penultimate year of study.

Our teams

Due to the wide breadth of services that Aurecon offers, we organise our work and our people across several multidisciplinary and diverse teams. 

Each of our teams provide exciting career possibilities and the opportunity to work with internationally recognised experts — meaning you get to work with and learn from the best in the business whilst delivering complex and innovative projects in a collaborative peer group spread across the world.

The table below indicates how your degree is best matched for work in specific teams.

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Application Process

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The work may be challenging, but the recruitment process isn’t.

Our recruitment process

The Aurecon Attributes are the qualities we look for in our people and continue to develop throughout their careers. They are: Inquisitive; Fearless; Engaging; Resourceful; Co-creative; Commercial; Sense maker and Unconventional thinker. Learn more about the Attributes and discover your strongest Attribute.

If your application is successful, you’ll collaborate with others on some of the most complex projects around the world. If you recognise at least one of our Aurecon Attributes in yourself, here’s how to apply:

1. Send in your resume and cover letter

Make sure you include details about:

  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Extracurricular activities

2. Screening process

Our team of recruiters review each application form, cover letter and resume thoroughly. They consider a variety of aspects such as academic achievements, relevant work experience, extracurricular activities or volunteer work as well as evidence of the Aurecon Attributes. 

Recruiters narrow down the selection of applicants and provide a shortlist of resumes to hiring managers for review.

3. Interview and assessment

If you are successfully shortlisted, depending on your location, you will be invited for an interview and / or an assessment centre.

At this point, it’s a good idea to start thinking about:

  • The reasons you want to join Aurecon
  • Which sector or business unit you’re most interested in and think you’re most suited to
  • Any work experience or previous study you’ve done that is relevant to that sector.

4. Offer of employment

If you are successful – congratulations!

You will receive a telephone call from our recruiters to talk you through everything you need to know about joining Aurecon. You will then receive all relevant documentation, including a visual contract, via email.

Employee Profiles

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Yifan Qin

Yifan Qin, Civil Engineer

Location: Melbourne

University: University of Melbourne

Degree completed: Master of Engineering (Civil)

Strongest Aurecon Attribute: Inquisitive

My experience with Aurecon

Over a five-year journey, I obtained a Diploma of Music degree with a Bachelor of Science degree. I combined my love for the arts and science into a more tangible career by then going on to study a Master of Engineering degree. After university, I was fortunate enough to receive an offer from Aurecon – and so my career as a civil engineer officially began.

My specific civil design experiences at Aurecon are mainly in the fields of drainage design, road geometric design and earthwork design for large-scale industrial subdivision projects, major infrastructure projects and building development projects.

Drainage design ensures runoff from rainfall is safely conveyed to the desired discharge locations. Road geometric design positions the physical elements of the roadway to optimise efficiency and safety while reducing cost and impacts to the environment. Earthwork design determines how the existing earth surface should be processed and constructed to cater for various engineering projects. 

So far, I have been fortunate to work on the Melbourne Airport road design and various Melbourne Water civil assets. These projects will contribute to the city’s liveability now and into the future. It’s really cool to think that my drawing and plans become tangible structures in real life. This excites and motivates me to design innovative solutions which make the world a better place.

A day at Aurecon can involve attending design meetings to collaborate with the architect and the project owner to improve design solutions. On other days, I go onsite to inspect project construction and answer the builders’ queries. By interacting with different stakeholders on a regular basis, I’ve learnt how to effectively present, communicate, and explain complicated technical jargon to teams and clients. My diverse responsibilities are rewarding because it helps build my technical and commercial skills while allowing me to find balance between working independently and as part of a team.

My development doesn’t stop at project work. As a part of Aurecon’s graduate programme, there are no rigid schedules. There’s flexibility and options to pursue your passions and plan your career to achieve your goals. If you want to focus on the technical side of engineering, you could become a technical director and ‘deep dive’ into a specialised field. Alternatively, you could consider a design manager role where you’d manage a large design package for prominent projects.

You could also join the contractor side to learn more about the construction of projects, or morph into an advisory role and project management.

The opportunities provided don’t stop at work – they extend to your interests outside of work too. Aurecon’s networks and ‘Yes Flex’ flexible working policy has allowed me to mentor two university students as part of Melbourne University’s ‘Access Mentorship’ programme. The programme is designed to connect undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with working professionals. I love being able to help others through this initiative, and to see them grow. 

My best advice to graduates

  1. Spend more time pursuing your genuine interests – once you start working full-time, your passions will show, and you’ll be recognised for it sooner.
  2. It’s okay to slow down a little and to purposefully craft your life and career. Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
  3. Get to know people within the industry and attend more events. It will help you in the long run. Don’t be shy! Connect with and message them on LinkedIn. The world is willing to help you grow more than you imagine.

Dana Crier

Dana Crier, Mechanical Engineer

Location: Perth

University: University of Western Australia

Degree(s) completed: Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical)

Strongest Aurecon Attribute: Resourceful

My experience with Aurecon

I’ve wanted to be an engineer since I was in Year 10 when my dad took me to an industry panel presentation. After hearing about the work an engineer does, the industries they can work in and the travel opportunities, I decided to pursue engineering. I studied at the University of Western Australia, completing an undergraduate degree in civil and mechanical engineering, and later obtaining a Master of Professional Engineering. 

Being a mechanical engineer in the energy and industrials unit, I specifically work on projects regarding bulk material handling and process systems. In the last year I’ve been able to work on a range of projects within this area, such as the upgrade of a tailings pipeline and the design of the compressed air system and hydraulic lines to be installed in a maintenance workshop. 

The range of projects and the chance to work with different departments, means there are many diverse learning opportunities at Aurecon. On one big project that involved doing multiple smaller projects to increase productivity and efficiency, my tasks included modelling and doing calculations of the process water. I then looked at how upgrading the pumps, valves or installing new pipelines would improve the process system. While working on this project I gained experience working with vendors, liaising with site personnel, and working with the contractor to determine the cost and schedule of the project – which developed my soft skills, like communication, to collaborate with future clients.

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is working with my team and the chance to work with people who have a range of experiences and different engineering specialisations. We have quite a varied team within the energy and industrials unit, so there are different career options and projects to work on if you’re interested in specialising in a field or managing projects. I also enjoy that you get the mix of the office and on-site experience where you have the chance to see different project sites. It’s good to get out there and see what you are working on, see the layout of the equipment, talk to site personnel, and see what solution might be best for the project outcome. Aurecon has a strict safety procedure for on-site inspections with our safety and wellbeing the priority. Before going for an on-site visit, you need to be fully inducted and attend training sessions to ensure you can watch out for yourself and others.

Depending on what projects I’m working on at the time, my typical day at Aurecon can vary quite a lot – from meetings with the project team or clients, to doing calculations, modelling, or writing reports. I’m also currently one of the Perth Co-Chairs of the Limelight committee, which is our network of emerging professionals and graduates at Aurecon. Between my normal tasks, I also help organise fun and inspiring events and initiatives for our Perth office such as ‘Coffee Roulette’, where graduates and senior leaders pair up to have a casual chat about their career, experience or advice, or project showcases -  a series of presentations from different projects to give graduates an insight into what other teams are working on.

It’s really rewarding being able to run events that can help recent graduates acclimatise to working fulltime and provide them with opportunities to meet senior leaders around the company. Management fully support Limelight, as the feedback sessions with senior leadership have opened their eyes to new ways of thinking, new ideas, and hearing the voice of the future thought leaders of our company and within the wider industry. I think it’s a great way to get involved and I enjoy meeting graduates from other teams who I don’t typically work with. 

As well as the development opportunities you can get from Limelight, Aurecon provides other more formal learning and development, too. Aurecon values career development and supports it with the Mentoring for Success Programme and initiatives like Let’s Talk, which allow us to chat about our role expectations with our managers, helping us align our passions to our goals and working on projects that will provide learning experiences. As a graduate this gives us the chance to develop our skills in the areas we want to pursue further down the line, such as developing relationships with clients, learning technical skills and adapting to the changing market. I value these meaningful talks with manager because it means I can continue to set and achieve my goals and progress my career in a supportive space.

My best advice to graduates

  1. Take advantage of all opportunities that come your way. You never know who you may meet or what skills you will gain; networking may lead to future opportunities. 
  2. Get in the habit of separating work from personal time so that you achieve a healthy work/life balance. 
  3. Make the most of the time you have after work to play a sport, find a new hobby, or catch up with friends. Having plans after work makes the day go faster and you have something to look forward to.

Advisory Graduate Serene Hajjar: Communication and Stakeholder Engagement

A Day in the Life

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Martin Fielke

Martin Fielke, Sustainability Engineer

Location: Melbourne

University: Monash University

Degree completed: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science

Strongest Aurecon Attribute: Resourceful

A day in the life of a sustainability engineer

Sustainability engineer Martin Fielke shares what a day in the life of an Aurecon graduate looks like, from attending client meetings to working on sustainable projects that contribute to a better future.

7:00 AM

I usually start my day at 7:00am by rolling out of bed and stumbling my way into the kitchen to have my breakfast. After finishing my morning routine – eating breakfast, feeding my fish, making my bed, etc. – I grab my bike bag, which I packed the night before. Then, I am ready to go. 

7:45 AM

I’m lucky enough to have a bike ride along the Yarra River to work. The commute takes about 20-30 minutes and it’s where I get to relax and listen to a podcast – usually about yesterday’s news to see what’s happening in the world. When I arrive at the Aurecon Centre in Melbourne, I drop my bike off in the storage area before having a shower and freshening up in our change rooms. Aurecon has a fairly relaxed dress code, so you have the freedom to be yourself and wear what you like – as long as it’s professional and smart. It also means I don’t have to ride into work wearing a full suit every day!

8:30 AM

Martin Fielke

Time for work! I head up to my floor where the 3D printers are located and check on a print that I set into production the previous night for Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel. In addition to developing models as a sustainability engineer, I help other areas of the business with their 3D printing. I’m also currently working on scale wall panels to help our clients visualise our designs before construction. After checking on my print, I make my way to my locker, pick up my laptop and notebooks and go find a desk for the day. My floor is a completely agile working space, so I can sit wherever I want – though I usually go for a seat near the window. After finding a home for the day, I grab my morning coffee and get to work.

9:00 AM

Martin Fielke

Every day I write out a list of tasks I need to complete and identify the most important tasks to tackle first. Then I get to work, savouring that satisfying moment when I get to cross as many tasks off my list as possible. As a sustainability engineer, I ensure that all projects I design are fit-for-purpose and have a low environmental impact. It’s a rewarding career because I know that I’m contributing to a better future.

Within my role, I’m required to have diverse knowledge of building physics. I typically work closely and collaboratively with the building services, project management, and architectural teams. Since I’m in a small team I often find myself working on numerous different projects. Although focusing between multiple projects can be challenging, it’s one of the things that I like most about my job. I love getting the opportunity to work on a really large range of projects –  from modelling building energy consumption to designing rooftop solar systems. I really enjoy learning new skills, and within Aurecon I am able to learn from countless experts.

12:30 PM

Martin Fielke

We have flexible working hours, so you can choose your own start and finish times – and you can take your lunch whenever you want. Today, my stomach dictates that I should go on lunch around 12:30 pm after a productive morning. I head to the kitchenette, eat lunch, and a group of us work our way through all the quizzes that we can get our hands on to relax.

 

1:30 PM

Heading back to work for the afternoon, I revisit my list of tasks for today. I make a few phone calls with architects about my work on an Australian Government Department of Defence vehicle regeneration project before getting ready for my monthly meeting with my line manager at 2:00 pm.

2:00 PM

At Aurecon, everyone has a line manager. Your line manager is someone who will help you with just about anything you can think of, such as your career progression or helping you manage your current workload. I have a monthly meeting with my line manager where we usually talk about the goals that I have set for the year and how I can continue to grow my career. This week I call her on Skype as she is working from home. We discuss my personal and professional development plan along with all works in progress.

3:00 PM

After my meeting with my line manager, I head out the door with my colleague to go to an architects’ office on the other side of the city to discuss proposed optimisation of shading design on one of our buildings projects. Through collaboration and thinking outside-of-the-box we found some great solutions which we believe the client will like. After the meeting wraps up, we make our way back to the Aurecon Centre.

4:30 PM

Making my way back to my desk, I get started on pre-reading for one of my ‘Catalyst’ training modules. Catalyst is Aurecon’s instructor-led programme designed by Aurecon’s Talent and Development team to respond to digital disruption and the changing face of work. The topic of today’s module is ‘Introduction to designing differentiation’. I manage to tick off a few more tasks on my list before I pack up and finish for the day.

5:00 PM

I make my way back down to the bike storage to grab my bike and go to the supermarket just around the corner from my office to grab ingredients for tonight’s dinner. After finishing my quick shop, I load my bike bag up with my groceries and I jump on my bike to head back home.

5:45 PM

The day isn’t truly finished for me until much later. I have a big interest in the energy industry and people’s relationship with energy. Because of this, some friends and I are starting up a business that uses a software-based service to help people change their energy habits and save money. We have a Skype meeting tonight to discuss our progress on tasks that we set ourselves to do from our catch-up on the weekend.

7:30 PM

After the Skype meeting finishes, I can finally relax for the rest of the night. So, I make and eat dinner, and prepare myself for tomorrow.


Day in the Life: Electrical Engineer Walaa Salah Jassmin Al-Hamran

Social Responsibility

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Corporate Social Responsibility

In the work we do, we have the real potential to make an impact on society. We have the ability to bring ideas to life – to turn ideas into something real – something beneficial for everyone.

Aurecon and its people embrace the philosophy of giving back to the community by encouraging proactive involvement in the company's multiple corporate social investment initiatives and voluntary programmes.

We understand each community's needs are unique, so our programmes encompass different aims – from empowering the young to become successful, active citizens, through to financial assistance for food and shelter.  

Our profession enables our people to contribute in the most practical and effective ways by providing input into community development and infrastructure in needy areas around the globe. Many of our employees are also giving back’ on a personal level in their local communities, which is something we encourage and support as an organisation.

Aurecon's Bridge Building Competition: A 'real-world' engineering experience

From small beginnings in classrooms across Australia and New Zealand, to designing tomorrow’s greatest pieces of infrastructure, the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition offers secondary school students ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals.

Aurecon believes that the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths subjects) more accessible and appealing to young students. The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition encourages students to unlock their potential by engaging with STEM early.

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Melbourne finals of the 2018 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

Indigenous Engineers of the Future

The Aurecon Perth and Sydney offices have partnered with Engineering Aid Australia to support the facilitation of Indigenous Engineering Summer Schools. The Summer Schools, run by Curtin University in Perth and Sydney University, engage indigenous Australian high school students in engineering as a potential career.

The programme supports commitments in Aurecon Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan and allows us to network and connect with young Indigenous people and encourage a career in engineering. We also get to showcase our digital and innovation initiatives during the networking sessions. For example, in Sydney we used the Virtual Reality sets to give the students a tour of the Barangaroo reserve. 

Aurecon is committed to increasing opportunities for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples and this is one very direct way for us to do that. It is great to talk to year 10 students about what engineering is all about and to encourage them to enter our industry. It gives the students insight into the possible career path they could have within the industry. For Aurecon, it supports our path to diversity of thought and representing the communities in which we operate, by ensuring Indigenous Australians are represented in our organisation.

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Students at the Perth networking session

Partnering with Engineers Without Borders 

Aurecon continues a corporate partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a not-for-profit organisation that connects, educates and empowers people through humanitarian engineering. EWB provides opportunities for corporate partners to contribute skills and expertise to poverty alleviation projects and community development, and to participate in initiatives that lead sector-wide change and innovation. Aurecon staff are also involved in mentoring the next generation of engineers and non-engineers by participating in the EWB Challenge, fundraising activities, and knowledge-sharing events through the EWB-Aurecon partnership.

Responsible Environmental Footprints

We strive to manage our environmental footprints in a responsible way.

At Aurecon, we use an environmental management system which is certified to ISO 14001 across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. We support the precautionary approach as envisaged by Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. 

Irrespective of our certification status, we understand the undertakings made in our Environmental Policy are international commitments. We look beyond compliance to minimising our greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption and our waste and to take everyone at Aurecon along on this journey.

For most of our offices, we calculate the carbon footprint on a regular basis and communicate the results. To have sound and accurate carbon emission data, an independent external provider verifies our inventory report according to ISO 14064-1:2006, covering Scope 1, Scope 2 and limited categories of Scope 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Net Zero by 2025

Our business is one source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so we are taking responsibility and implementing appropriate measures to reduce the impact we have on the world. We have made a commitment to become net zero carbon in our operations by 2025. The move to decarbonise our business and transition our services comes in anticipation of a 100 percent net zero emissions future.

As part of our plan to decarbonise our own business and make the biggest difference, we aim to actively reduce direct emissions from owned or controlled sources (Scope 1); the generation of purchased energy (Scope 2); and all other indirect emissions from Aurecon activities we do not own or control, such as activities associated with business travel, procurement, waste and water. We will achieve our targets through risk-based decisions, balancing investment in emissions reduction measures versus offsets. Over time we anticipate the need for offsets will reduce.

But how do we make Aurecon’s impact bigger? The answer lies in our projects. This is where we can take our knowledge and skills to scale. As engineers and advisors, we can re-imagine the way things work. We can find better design solutions which will save our clients and our planet significant effluents and emissions. We can listen to project stakeholders and find solutions which maximise social value beyond the immediate technical solution. There is always a better way. We want to find it with our clients and stakeholders.

Mental health recognition

We believe that engagement is the key to improving health and safety.

The health and safety of employees covers both physical as well as mental health. In 2015 Aurecon launched the Mind Matters programme in Australia and New Zealand to improve awareness of mental ill-health and in turn help to reduce mental health stigma. As of 2018 the programme now operates internationally. In December 2020, we have been accredited with Mental Healthy First Aid Australia (MHFA)’s highest honour of the Gold Level Mental Health First Aid as a Skilled Workplace – a program that recognises workplaces for their commitment to Mental Health First Aid training and actions.

By remembering the true reason as to why health and safety is important, Aurecon employees are proactive in keeping themselves and their colleagues safe. The concept ‘Because people depend on you’ is more than a slogan, it is a call to action that empowers our employees to take time to do their work safely and stop any unsafe acts or work. We take our humanistic approach to health and safety to our clients and joint ventures, including our culture as well as our tools, knowledge and competency.

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The benefits of flexible work

Would you be happier if you had more say over how and when you work? Because the future of work is changing, there is a need to adapt in order to create a future-ready workforce with nimble, flexible work environments and a fluidity between traditional models of work and on-demand work.

Aurecon is ahead of the curve and leading the engineering sector in workplace flexibility with initiatives such as YesFlex ‒ which empowers employees of all positions to embrace flexible working and nominate their start and end times. The key to the success of Yes Flex was employees and managers working together, innovatively and creatively, to find work pattern solutions.

Hack Triple J Podcast presenter Tom Tilly interviews Tara Ritchey from our Melbourne office, taking a look at the benefits of having a flexible work environment.

Tara Ritchey | 03 December 2018 | 15:27 | Visit ABC for original podcast

Aurecon’s additional learning opportunities

Aurecon’s graduates have access to development opportunities designed to help you become a recognised professional in your field and support you to realise your career aspirations.

As part of the programme, you will have access to some of the development offerings below:

Mentoring for Success Programme

Aurecon’s Mentoring for Success connects our people with experienced practitioners with the focus on building skills, sharing experiences and working towards clearly defined goals. Participants are supportive of one another, provide open and constructive feedback and challenge each other to continuously develop their professional practice. Our graduates are supported in finding a mentor who will be able to help them achieve their goals and progress their careers at Aurecon.

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation can bring immense benefits to both the individual and the organisation – officially recognising your technical expertise and professional excellence, while also enhancing Aurecon’s brand. Our emerging professionals are supported every step of the way to professional accreditation and have one professional membership paid for by Aurecon annually.

Let’s Talk – Performance for growth review framework

Aurecon’s performance process, Let’s Talk, is a conversation-based framework that enables you to align your contribution, professional development and career progress with Aurecon’s goals. It ensures transparency, consistency and equity in how we set and measure goals, and ultimately reward employees for their contribution. The simple, streamlined performance process is designed to facilitate meaningful conversations across the organisation that lead to strong performance outcomes.

Limelight – Aurecon’s emerging professional network

Aurecon has a network of proactive emerging professionals who actively promote a culture of innovation, involvement and improvement.

This network is called Limelight and they are the driving force behind many personal and professional development initiatives for our people. Limelight gives our emerging professionals from around our international offices a voice and this voice provides the crucial feedback loop that is needed within the business.

Close to 50 per cent of Aurecon’s people are classified as emerging professionals, making them a large part of our workforce.

While the main goal of Limelight is to enable emerging professional to lead rewarding and rich careers, a direct benefit to the business is that our emerging professionals are more passionate, driven and engaged in our clients’ projects and the communities in which we operate.

Management fully supports this initiative as the feedback sessions with senior leadership has opened their eyes to new ways of thinking, new ideas and the voice of the future thought-leaders of our company and within the wider industry.

Diversity and Inclusion

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Aurecon is committed to driving an inclusive culture based on respect, where everyone feels valued and has a sense of belonging. Our innovation aspiration is dependent on our ability to recruit, develop and retain a diverse workforce and to create an inclusive, high-performing culture where everyone can be their full authentic selves within a vibrant community. We have initiatives and policies to foster talent from all walks of life to ensure a fair working environment where opportunities are available to everyone.

In Australia and New Zealand, Aurecon is proud of its journey towards being an employer of choice for gender equality. In Australia, Aurecon has been assessed positively since receiving its first Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation in 2016 from The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). WGEA awards the citation to organisations which demonstrate action towards removing gender pay gaps and ongoing pay parity. Other citation criteria are in relation to a leadership-led gender equality strategy, learning and development opportunities, flexible working, supporting those with caring responsibilities, employee consultation on gender equality matters and gender targets.

As a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassador, William Cox, Aurecon’s Chief Executive Officer, has a commitment to ensuring like-for-like pay parity within the business and championing pay parity within Aurecon’s external network.

Aurecon is also proud of its partnership with Pride in Diversity for LGBTI+ inclusion. In January 2019, Aurecon became the first consulting engineer firm in New Zealand to be Rainbow Tick certified – a quality improvement cycle designed to make an organisation a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. In May 2019 Aurecon achieved Bronze Employer status with Pride in Diversity’s Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), recognising Aurecon Australia’s performance in LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Our commitment to creating sustainable and meaningful Indigenous relationships is highlighted within our Reconciliation Action Plan and through our partnerships for the provision of cadetships that support Maori youth.

Cultural Diversity

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At Aurecon, we believe that by embracing cultural diversity and inclusion, we drive innovation with a cross cultural, cross gender, cross disciplinary workforce. Innovation thrives in inclusive cultures where leaders support diverse teams. This means we accept applications from all backgrounds, including international students for our graduate programme.

At Aurecon, we are committed to creating sustainable and meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, and Māori in New Zealand, as highlighted in our Reconciliation Action Plan and through our partnerships with Iwi.

Design to innovate sessions are one way in which we are ‘turning the dial’ on diversity and inclusion to celebrate cultural diversity. Aurecon utilises employees’ diverse perspectives through design thinking sessions to co-create better design outcomes for our clients. The sessions are crucial to enabling Aurecon to be more innovative.

LGBTIQ+

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Aurecon proudly supports Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) people in the workplace. We promote active inclusion of LGBTI members of the community in an environment that enables diverse LGBTQIA+ and non-LGBTQIA+ people to interact comfortably and authentically, supported by Aurecon to develop to their full professional potential. 

In January 2019, Aurecon became the first consulting engineer in New Zealand to be Rainbow Tick certified. The Rainbow Tick is a quality improvement cycle designed to make an organisation a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for people of diverse gender identity and sexual orientation. We maintained our accreditation in 2020.

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Image taken during soft launch of InterEngineer in February 2020

In November 2020, InterEngineer, a new network, was launched by organisations across the engineering sector to support LGBTQIA+ professionals and allies in the workplace through networking, leadership, and advocacy for greater inclusion practices. The network’s mission is to increase visibility and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ people and groups currently in the industry and provide a conduit to engage with students, remote/regional populations and other underrepresented communities.

Our LGBTQIA+ inclusion action plan aims to provide a genuine duty of care to our people and allow our employees to be authentic and ensure that Aurecon’s values are lived by creating a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all.

We strive to address the significant underrepresentation of LGBTQIA+ members in STEM through championing a ‘LGBT+ in STEM’ professional networking group in New Zealand. The group is a support platform for diversity and inclusion to improve the visibility of LGBTQIA+ in workplaces. Aurecon is also proud of its partnership in Australia with Pride in Diversity for LGBTQIA+ inclusion and holds Bronze Employer status, in good company with KPMG, Coles, and Qantas.

  • Fully supported and engaged by Aurecon’s leadership, there are several Aurecon initiatives to promote LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Some of these are: 
  • Auditing and updating of human resources policies and practices to ensure LGBTQIA+ inclusion
  • Including same-sex families and relationships within Aurecon’s parental and Shared Care benefits and programmes
  • Developing transgender guidelines and a programme to support those transitioning while at Aurecon
  • A programme of LGBTQIA+ awareness and ally training delivered by accredited LGBTQIA+ trainers
  • Acknowledging and raising awareness on days of significance such as the annual ‘Wear It Purple Day’
  • Being a signatory to the Australian Marriage Equality campaign
 
 

Disability

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Aurecon actively seeks candidates with a disability/ies and offers adjustments as required to fully participate in the recruitment process and to perform their role once offered a position. As people with a disability/ies are underrepresented in employment, Aurecon would like to play its part to challenge and change this statistic. Aurecon will ensure that candidates with a disability/ies have equal access to opportunities and encourage students to be comfortable to list any adjustments they may need in their application. Aurecon focuses on strengths, skills and potential, regardless of disability or any other form of diversity or difference.

 
 

Gender Equality

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Aurecon is committed to becoming a future ready organisation that provides unique solutions to its clients’ challenges. This can only be achieved in a work environment where everyone feels respected, has a sense of value and is willing to contribute. Gender equality is central to our diversity and inclusion commitment.

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) recognised Aurecon as an employer committed to promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces with an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation in 2018 – and recognised again in 2019. Aurecon also received this citation in 2016. WGEA awards the citation to organisations which demonstrate, among other things, action towards removing gender pay gaps and ongoing pay parity. As a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassador, Aurecon’s Chief Executive Officer, William Cox, has a commitment to ensuring like-for-like pay parity within the business and championing pay parity within Aurecon’s external network.

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Aurecon’s Ascend programme – a leadership advancement programme – inspires, develops and supports Aurecon’s high potential women to become the leaders they want to be, and they want to see.

Aurecon is disrupting gendered expectations regarding caring and working through its Shared Care’ parental leave policy that allows Aurecon families to have flexibility to share childcare responsibilities. The policy encourages all parents, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, family situation or how a child arrives (through birth, adoptions, surrogacy or foster care), to take up to 14 weeks paid leave to care for children in the first 12 months of the child arriving with the family. Aurecon also encourages all employees to work flexibly to manage commitments outside of work.

In addition, the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) regional leadership team remains focused on creating an environment where Aurecon women can thrive and disrupt the status quo through its ANZ gender equality strategy and targets.

Indigenous Programmes

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Creating sustainable and meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia is very important at Aurecon. Each year, Aurecon celebrates National Reconciliation Week, as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan commitment.

Aurecon's Reconciliation Action Plan informs our clients, partners and people of how we are raising awareness and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, providing meaningful contribution to communities, and supporting employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, Aurecon has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney in support of the Galuwa programme – a programme that aims to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students to pursue studies in engineering and information technology.

Aurecon’s commitment to Aboriginal suppliers was demonstrated in 2015 through the Wickham project in partnership with Rio Tinto Iron Ore. The project achieved a stretch target of 25% of financial commitments being contributed to Aboriginal businesses local to the Pilbara.

Reconciliation is a key component of Aurecon's diversity and social responsibility programmes. We envisage an Australia that embraces unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, a national identity that accepts and understands our shared history, and an Australia free from negative race relations.

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