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At Jacobs our Engineers & Scientists are highly sought after for their specialist knowledge and experience in a specific discipline or technology, which allows them to build upon a deep understanding of what is possible and push the boundaries in search of ever more innovative solutions for clients. As a Graduate at Jacobs you will gain exposure to a range of disciplines, but your career will see you develop into a specialist in a field/discipline so be prepared to talk about your area of real passion during this process.

Jacobs Graduates get to work on large complex projects so they are technically inquisitive, they like to work in teams and learn to see things from another perspective, they will ask questions and challenge the norm and expect their input to be taken seriously, they communicate exceptionally well, and they are the future of Jacobs.

Meet some of our Graduates

Isaac Kelder

Isaac

  • BSc (Hons. Land and Water Management) University of Western Australia (2012)
  • BSc double major (Land, Soil and Water, Climate and Environment), University of Western Australia (2011) 
  • Member of Australian Society of Soil Science
  • Secretary of the Australian Society of Soil Science, WA Branch

I worked as a research assistant on a Mining/Soil project during university, and was given an opportunity to do a funded honours project for BHP, investigating the effectiveness of a constructed cover over mineral tailings. I presented an honours paper at a soil science conference in Tasmania which grew my interest in soil science and lead to my eventual employment at Jacobs as a Soil Scientist. 

I currently work as a Soil Scientist and Erosion Modeller within Jacobs Environment Services Section. The nature of these skillsets means I am relied upon as a discipline lead for everything related to soils and erosion. I lead our technical studies on the re-use of mined materials at closure, and the long-term stability of waste landforms. I also provide technical advice on soil capability, suitability and management on projects across Australia.

I’ve had amazing opportunities to grow into my own role at Jacobs through a progression of increasingly challenging projects. Within the Asset Closure team, I was asked to research the use of 3D landform evolution modelling for the assessment of long-term stability of closure landforms. This expertise provided me with a unique skillset that has built Jacobs overall capability in the sector and provided a differentiator to our clients. 

I adapted my soil science knowledge for the mine closure environment, and now lead the soils discipline within the closure space. I’ve also been granted the opportunity to undertake an internal innovation project, and was granted budget to investigate improving our erosion modelling capability to place us above our competitors.

Justin

Justin

  • BEng (Mechanical) 
  • BCom (Corporate and Investment Finance)

I remember going to an organised breakfast at university that had invited industry professionals from various firms to attend. I sat next to someone from Jacobs who loved his work sounded like he had had an amazing career. Straight after the breakfast I did a bit of research and realised Jacob’s global presence and well established graduate program and thought it would be an excellent place to work, the rest is history.

I am currently working in the Jacobs Perth office on a variety of projects in the Industrial Sector. The projects involve study level engineering right up to detailed design and execution.

I was fortunate enough to be thrust straight into a site role within my first two months of starting work. The location was a large Iron Ore Port in the North West of Australia. It was an incredibly steep learning curve and I was able to make some strong connections along the way. My daily activities ranged from managing contractors to coordinating and executing complex installations in short duration shutdowns.

What motivates me is the variety of the work and the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s leading professionals along the way, they are always willing to spend some time imparting some of their vast knowledge.

The next step for me is to work towards attaining my chartered status with Engineers Australia. I would also like to gain some exposure to other industries and countries which is possible with Jacob’s global presence.

The Jacobs Future Network offers a great range of work and non-work related events that aim to develop your career and help you establish networks and friendships along the way.

Mei Ying

Mei

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)

I often found myself asking a lot of questions growing up. During school, this curiosity translated into a love for problem solving and naturally, I chose engineering to be able to be part of team working collaboratively to overcome and solve problems. 

I am an Assistant Project Manager and I enjoy the variety which comes with being a Project Manager. I am exposed to the nuances and detail of engineering design, whilst also seeing the bigger picture health (financial, schedule, risk, stakeholders) of the project. In particular, I enjoy the level of exposure I have meeting with Clients and key stakeholders – you learn so much about the industry and other organisations. Some of the projects I have been involved with include;

  • Defence Fuel Installation Remediation projects for Department of Defence at various sites around WA. 
  • Pilbara Ports Authority – Design & Construction of a new Integrated Marine Operations Centre

I have found that everything takes longer than expected – especially when dealing with multiple stakeholders with conflicting interests and technically complex, challenging projects.  

I am enjoying gaining a broad knowledge across disciplines and industries, there are so many projects and some crossover with my extra-curricular interests which is great.

Justin

Anne-Elise

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • Member of the Australian Water Association on the Young Water Professionals Committee

In year 12 at school I attended the National Youth Science Forum which inspired an interest in engineering and science (up to this point I was set on physiotherapy). I started a double major but then dropped the science part once I realised that I was drawn to the practical application nature of engineering.

I initially applied for Jacobs as I’d love to travel with my job so the idea of working for a world-wide company appealed to me. I was also attracted by the supportive graduate program and the opportunity to follow my technical interests by working in the water industry.

I work as civil engineer in the water team. Our main client is the state-wide Water Corporation and I have been involved in the design of a range of water infrastructure including pipelines, pump stations, tanks and dams. I love the variety of work in my job and contributing to something that is so crucial to public health and wellbeing. It’s also exciting to see water infrastructure around the city and be able to understand and explain how it works.

I am an active member of the Australian Water Association which has been a great way to learn more about the water industry and broaden my networks outside Jacobs.

I have really enjoyed the support of the other graduates at Jacobs. The graduate committee puts on many events which encourage us to get to know each other and build a network of graduates throughout the company. This has been great for feeling connected at work and supported through the accreditation process, but it has also linked me to people from different disciplines that I can ask for help on technical issues.

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