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Chris Petzke

What discipline and cohort (i.e. 2018 or 2019) are you in?

Building

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

Head office – Business Development Melbourne Airport – Site-based Calvary Adelaide Hospital – Site-based

What does your typical workday look like?

FFE management – client based, deliveries, sub-contractor onboarding and direct management

Site engineer for the operating theatre levels (3,4) – client, architect, site issues, problem-solving, working with sub-contractors and team

Landscaping engineer – design coordination with client/subcontractor/architect/consultant/service trades, crane lift coordination and engineering sign off

Defect management – defecting process including assigning defects, follow up trades Completions – completions documentation coordination/review/communication

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

High level of complexity with hospital and airport challenges.

What are the limitations of your role?

None.

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

Communication with known manager prior to commencing works, small holiday prior.


John Holland

Maddelon Holt-Smith

What discipline and cohort (i.e. 2018 or 2019) are you in?

Civil Infrastructure/Buildings - 2018

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

During the Graduate Program I have worked on the New Intercity Fleet Maintenance Facility (NIFMF). I completed all three of my rotations while working on the project.

My rotations have covered design management, earthworks, roads, utilities and buildings.

What does your typical workday look like?

TYPICAL MONDAY:

6:50AM – Arrive to Site
7:00AM – Prestart
7:30AM – Site Walk/ Solve any outstanding site issues
9:00AM – Go over emails/submit any RFI’s
10:00AM – Weekly Team Meeting
11:00AM – Technical Work (preparing for upcoming works)
1:30PM – Site Meeting with Engineers, Supervisors and Superintendents
2:00PM – Four week look ahead with responsible Engineers and Senior Management
3:00PM – Site walk
4:30PM – Emails/Quality/RFIs (anything outstanding for the day)
5:30PM – Leave site

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

The most interesting thing about my job is being able to solve any issues on the spot and if I can’t find the answer immediately, working with subject matter experts to resolve the issue.

What are the limitations of your role?

The greatest limitation of my role is managing my work life balance. Coming up towards the end of the Graduate Program my responsibilities and workload has significantly increased. Being ambitious, it is easy to put 100% focus into work and let things such as social life and exercise slip.

What is something you wish you knew before you started?

Before I started working, the industry hours were quite intimidating. I wish that I knew how flexible workplaces can be. Now I am wishing there were more hours in the day to get my work done!

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

I spoke to as many people as I could within the industry (Construction and Design) so that I could gain an understanding of the calibre of work I would be undertaking and get as many tips as I could for my initial steps into construction.


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