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

Civil site engineering – Infrastructure, 2018

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

Jan–Dec 2018: M4 East Westconnex Homebush Bay Drive Surface Works
Dec 2018 – Present: Batemans Bay Bridge Project

What does your typical workday look like?

Attend prestart at 6.45am at the site compound

Ensure all subcontractors and John Holland employees understand their tasks for the day and ensure they are all following the relevant processes (e.g. sign onto the Task Risk Assessments (TRA’s), checking their Start cards, ensuring the right permits are in place and not outdated, etc).

Sitting down with supervisors and leading hands to review and write out onsite TRAs for different works happening. Ensuring that all hazards and controls have been captured in the TRA’s to minimise all the risks associated to the works.

Go out on site and ensure that the workers have adequate documentation, equipment, supplies and approvals to continue works.

Daily inspections as per John Holland HSE inspection matrix, in nominated work areas such a:TRA Audits, Inspection checklists, GMR inspections, Hazard Observations etc)

Heading back in the office, there are many tasks which need to be done and it varies depending on which day of the month it is.

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

The most interesting thing about my job at the moment is definitely the different personalities you meet in the construction industry.

What are the limitations of your role?

As a Graduate engineer, there are still many things in which I do not know in terms of the construction industry. It can be quite hard during sub contractor meetings or even out on site to try to express what is required for a certain scope of works when they may have years of experience and would believe that their way is correct.

What is something you wish you knew before you started?

Wish I knew more about the construction process within the infrastructure industry. A lot of subjects in university concentrated very heavily on the theory and design aspects of engineering however put very little emphasis on the practical side of construction.

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

Preparing for the Graduate program for me started during my university time. I made sure that I had previous work experience in the engineering/construction industry while studying. Being a Junior designer at a sub contractor company part time, and then being an undergraduate for a Main Contractor full time definitely helps to have a bit more knowledge and is a great starting point.


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Vivek Ray Choudhury

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

Civil Engineering 2018.

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

Sydney Harbour Bridge Lift Access Project Northwest Rail Link Sydney Metro-Bella Vista StationSydney Water-Delivery Management.

What does your typical workday look like?

As a Project Manager (PM) in Delivery Management, I’m responsible for managing multiple growth projects for Sydney Water to upgrade Sydney’s infrastructure to handle the rise in new developments. I am currently, managing three pipeline projects which are in different stages. A PM’s job is to deliver the project from securing funds, developing a business case which identifies the need for the project, developing design options, design workshops/reviews and the actual construction where you manage forecasts/ payments and subcontractors from a high level.

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

The most interesting thing has been observing other PM’s use their organisation acumen, experience, construction knowledge and leadership skills to manage different stakeholders in order to deliver projects. This role holds a lot of responsibility and while you are not expected to know all the technical details of the project, you need to develop a thorough understanding of what you are delivering and the challenges involved, as every day will present a new problem for you to solve (or at least use your leadership skills to get the right person for the job).

What are the limitations of your role?

The only limitations are that the main projects are related to water/pipelines which may not necessarily be your area of interest. However, I’ve been able to choose projects which involve civil construction as well, and hence have been able to work on projects that I’m passionate about.

What is something you wish you knew before you started?

There are many things that I would have benefited from knowing before I stated. The main one would be to simply remember to focus on learning new skills, and to put yourself in an environment where you’re constantly growing.

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

I travelled as much as possible, so when I got back, I was ready to dive into work.


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Vinh Nguyen

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

Civil Engineering, 2018

Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:

Castle Hill Station – NRT Infrastructure Joint Venture:
One of the 16 construction sites on the project and Sydney Metros largest project connecting the North Western suburbs of Sydney that will provide reliable public transport service. The Sydney Metro Northwest is the first fully automated metro rail system in Australia.

Perth Transport Authority Urban Rail Maintenance and Infrastructure:
One of John Holland’s long standing projects in Australia.

What does your typical workday look like?

The typical day on site will always begin with the morning pre-start and some light stretches to get you awake at 6:00am. Daily site inspections and safety inspections are crucial in keeping the worksite safe and ensuring quality is consistent.

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

There aren’t many opportunities to build a train station especially an underground train station in Australia. The rotation in projects allow you to meet new people all the time and being challenged to learn more every day.

What are the limitations of your role?

Not being in attendance at client and designer meetings to get the latest updates can make it difficult at times.

What is something you wish you knew before you started?

As much as you learn in University, you will be surprised by the amount of terminology used to describe objects, tools, techniques and vehicles. Don’t be afraid to ask for an explanation of the word, because the last thing you want to do is interpret something incorrectly.

How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?

I prepared for the Graduate Program by gathering all my clothes and belongings as I was moving across state to start a new job.


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