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Laing O’Rourke is a $7 billion international operation with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure including a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. The business has delivered some of the country’s largest, most technically-complex projects within the transport, oil and gas, building construction, defence, airports, mining, marine, civil and social infrastructure sectors.

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Why Choose Us

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We work hard to create an environment that brings out the best in our people. So as a Laing O’Rourke employee you can be sure your career is in good hands.

Every day thousands of people across the world go to work at our offices and on our projects. So what made them choose us over other great companies?

CHALLENGING YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR AMBITIONS

We think people should enjoy what they do. That’s why we believe in building careers – not just creating jobs. We work with all our people to help them make the most of their talents. Through on-the-job learning, we’ll make sure you’re stretching yourself that little bit further every day. While our broad-ranging training and development programmes will give you the skills to take on evermore challenging roles.     

GIVING YOU JOB SATISFACTION

Our people are among the most passionate and committed in the industry. How do we know this? Because every year, through our staff survey, we track ‘employee engagement’ levels - and every year, without fail, we rank among the highest of any global company. Our employee engagement score is essentially a measure of how satisfied our people are in their jobs. For this reason, we see it as a direct reflection of how well we’re performing as an employer.      

EMBRACING NEW IDEAS

One of our most unique characteristics is our open, democratic culture. We’re a forward-thinking company – and we don’t stand on ceremony. So no matter who you are or what you do, if you’ve got a good idea we want to hear about it. If you’ve found a better way of doing things, tell us.

SEEKING YOUR VIEWS

We believe communication should be two-way – and we want our people share their views. Through regular ‘employee roadshows’ you’ll have the opportunity to quiz our business leaders about the things that matter to you. We also run an annual staff survey, where you can rate us on a range of issues. If you think we can do better, let us know and we’ll address it.

PUTTING OUR PEOPLE FIRST

We always put our people first – especially when it comes to health and safety. Nothing is more important to us than your wellbeing. Before every single thing we do, we ask ourselves ‘is it safe’. If it’s not, we simply won’t do it.

BROADENING YOUR HORIZONS

Working for an international business, you’ll interact with colleagues from all over the world. We also monitor our employees’ skills and experience closely so that, as prospects in new markets and sectors arise, those who are keen to broaden their horizons have the opportunity to do so.

Graduates

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Laing O’Rourke offers a market-leading and award-winning Graduate Development Programme. We provide unparalleled career opportunities for talented graduates who are positive, team- focused and performance-driven.

As a Laing O'Rourke graduate, your capabilities will be recognised and rewarded. Most importantly, you will be encouraged to continue learning throughout your career. You will be stretched, challenged and supported by a business that views your professional development as a priority.

Laing O'Rourke is looking for today’s brightest graduates to create the next generation of engineering and construction talent to continue our legacy of delivery world class buildings and infrastructure that we have become renowned for.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME INVOLVE?

The two year Graduate Development Programme commences in January each year and is targeted at high potential, highly motivated individuals who have recently graduated from university. The programme is designed to stretch and challenge, while focusing on developing the essential foundations for a successful career.The programme is a rotational one, that provides graduates the opportunity to work across a variety of exciting projects, placements and positions throughout the organisation to give them a comprehensive overview of the business. By completion of the programme, the Graduate will have gained knowledge, skills and networks across a range of different functions, projects, sectors and regions.

In addition to on-the-job training, Graduates are also invited to attend tri-annual Development Days which focus on building technical and professional skills. These events also provide an opportunity to network with peers and establish relationships with business leaders. At the completion of the programme, the organisation will acknowledge achievements at a Graduation event, and the graduates will transition into their permanent placements across the business.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

To be successful you will combine academic achievement with personal drive and a commitment to hard work. Graduates will be sought from engineering, construction or related disciplines.

WHAT TYPE OF DEGREE WILL I NEED?

  • We seek graduates from Civil, Services (Mechanical and Electrical) and Environmental Engineering, Construction Management, Commercial and Planning and Project Controls.

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Applications for our Graduate Development Programme open between March – April each year. Applications for our Internship Programme open between June – July each year.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applications are submitted by invitation or via our online recruitment portal, depending on the individual role.Click here to search / apply for available positions.

About Laing O’Rourke

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Laing O’Rourke is a $7 billion international operation with 50 years of involvement in Australian construction and infrastructure including a decade under the Laing O’Rourke banner. The business has delivered some of the country’s largest, most technically-complex projects within the transport, oil and gas, building construction, defence, airports, mining, marine, civil and social infrastructure sectors.

Laing O’Rourke has twice been named as one of Australia’s Top 10 most innovative businesses, by BRW Magazine, and was the 2016 Winner of the Australian Construction Achievement Award.

In 2017 Laing O’Rourke was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 graduate employers – appearing at number 4 on the Top Graduate Employers list.

About the Graduate Development Programme

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The Graduate Development Programme is an award-winning two-year rotational programme targeted at high-potential, highly motivated university graduates. The programme is designed to stretch and challenge you, while at the same time providing a comprehensive overview of Laing O’Rourke’s diverse business and operations.

Combining practical on-the- job experience, technical learning and professional development, our Graduates are provided with the opportunity to work across a variety of exciting projects, functions, sectors and regions within the organisation. We provide unparalleled career opportunities for talented graduates who are positive, team-focused and performance-driven.

Laing O’Rourke Graduates are provided with the opportunity to work in a variety of exciting projects, placements and positions throughout the organisation to give you a comprehensive overview of the business. By completion of the programme, you will have gained new knowledge, skills and networks across a range of different functions, projects, regions and sectors of the business.

The Graduate Development Programme focuses on developing the foundations of a successful career by offering you:

  • A structured two year professional development programme
  • Project-based and office-based rotations through key disciplines of the business
  • Responsibility to be entrusted with (and accountable for) meaningful work that will stretch you
  • Regular goal setting, support, feedback and performance reviews with your line manager
  • An assigned mentor to support and assist you with career planning and progression
  • Access to the latest research and development at Laing O’Rourke
  • Access to senior leaders in the business
  • The opportunity to network with peers across Australia
  • Access to a range of technical and professional skills training
  • Coaching and support from our national Graduate Development Team
  • Regular national Graduate Development Day conferences and networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to achieve professional chartership accreditation with your relevant industry body

What do we look for?

We look for Graduates who:

  • Are due to complete a relevant university degree prior to joining us in 2018.
  • Are determined and driven with a demonstrated record of achievement.
  • Work with energy, initiative and enthusiasm.
  • Commit to creating a positive culture that puts safety at the heart of what we do.
  • Challenge and change practices to encourage innovative thinking.
  • Commit to learning and development, and seek opportunities to develop their potential.
  • Continually improve efficiency and develop flexible solutions for our clients.
  • Work collaboratively as one team to support the total capability of our business.
  • Are adaptable and mobile to work across Australia with full Australian working rights.

Choose your Graduate Programme stream

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As a Laing O’Rourke Graduate, you can choose to specialise in any of the disciplines below. You will be given in-depth exposure to your preferred discipline stream during the two-year Graduate Development Programme, and we will support you in making the transition to a permanent role within your discipline upon completion of the programme.

Find out more about each of our discipline streams below to find the right fit for you.

1. Engineering

Engineers turn plans into reality. They overseas the actual construction on the ground and work in conjunction with the Design team to deliver project deliverables. A good understanding of design and construction is required. Once plans have been drawn up and approved by the client, engineers use their professional expertise to organise human and material resources on site and ensure the project runs to time and budget, safely.

Engineers ensure that all aspects of the construction project under their responsibility – from ground works and foundations through to the structure, equipment and final fishes – are completed within cost and time constraints, safely and to client specification.

At Laing O’Rourke you can choose to specialise in Civil Engineering, Services Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical) or Environmental Engineering. Below is a breakdown:

Civil Engineering

A sample of the type of work to expect as a Civil Engineering Graduate includes:

  • Delivering key packages of work on some of Australia’s most challenging projects.
  • Taking an active role in improving our safety culture and challenging accepted norms.
  • Using digital engineering technology to create programme models and identify risks.
  • Utilising design sequencing and programming to assist with planning and resourcing.
  • Being involved in tendering for high-profile projects.
  • Assisting with plans, layouts and designs with supporting calculations for specifications.
  • Supplying drafting and estimating staff with information to assist in the production of detailed drawings, the development of tools, quantities, materials lists and cost estimates.
  • Collaborating with suppliers, clients, consultants or commissioning engineers concerning the design, installation, construction and commissioning of assigned work.
  • Assisting with quality control including checking plans, designs, materials purchased and equipment for conformity with specifications.

Services Engineering

A Services Engineer will typically perform similar duties to a Civil Engineer, but will specialise in either the Building or Rail (Overhead Wiring) sectors.

The type of work you could expect to support as a Services Engineer includes:

Building Sector

  • Communication lines, telephones and IT networks
  • Energy supply - gas, electricity and renewable sources
  • Escalators and lifts
  • Fire detection and protection
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Lightning protection
  • Low voltage (LV) systems, distribution boards and switchgear
  • Natural lighting and artificial lighting, and building facades
  • Security and alarm systems
  • Ventilation and refrigeration
  • Water, drainage and plumbing

Rail Sector

  • HV Substations
  • Power & Distribution Transformers / Utilities Relocation
  • LV Switchboards & LV Distribution Systems
  • Railway traction overhead wiring systems (1500V DC / 25,000V AC)
  • Power & Distribution Transformers / Utilities Relocation
  • LV Switchboards & LV Distribution Systems
  • Earthing systems & Lightening Protection Systems
  • Communication
  • Heating, water, electrical and telecoms systems
  • You might also be involved in the design, installation and maintenance of systems, and how to reduce the environmental impact of buildings.

Environmental Engineering

A sample of the type of work to expect as an Environmental Engineering Graduate includes:

  • Assisting with providing environmental oversight on some of Australia’s most challenging projects.
  • Taking an active role in progressing the business’s environmental and sustainability agenda.
  • Assisting with the environmental planning and approvals on projects.
  • Assisting with environmental deliverables for projects from inception to project completion.
  • Being involved in tendering for high-profile projects.
  • Assisting with plans, layouts and designs with supporting calculations for environmental requirements.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders concerning the design, installation, construction and management of environmental matters.

2. Construction Management

The Construction Manager is the person in charge of a construction project and as such much be aware and in control of all site operations. Before commencement of the contract, the Construction Manger must be party to, and fully aware of, the planning of site progress. The Construction Manager has responsibility for both the profitability of operations and adhering to the construction and cost plans once agreed.

A sample of the type of work to expect as a Construction Management Graduate includes:

  • Understanding building construction and programming methodologies.
  • Preparing site risk assessments and documenting deviations from plans.
  • Taking an active role in improving our safety culture and challenging accepted norms.
  • Understanding cost control and cost management of multi-million dollar projects.
  • Monitoring the effects of changes and delays to construction progress.
  • Understand contract requirements and producing client reports.
  • Involvement in the programming of site resource requirements.
  • Understanding the key principles of construction law.

3. Commercial Management

The Commercial Management stream is suited to candidates with a degree in Quantity Surveying, Construction Management or Law. We also encourage applications from candidates with an Engineering degree who have an interest in the Commercial career pathway.

Commercial Managers help to drive the future “Digital Way of Working” for our business, creating industry leading technologies, systems and processes, creating a modernised and fully integrated form of project delivery.

The Commercial Management stream is suited to those who would like to be part of a high performing and engaged team that is armed with in-depth market and client knowledge, and a team that is responsible for strategically managing a project’s cost, value, cash and contract, while maximising the financial returns for the business, then you are the right fit for our Commercial Management stream.

A sample of the type of activities covered as a Commercial Graduate includes:

  • Taking an active role in improving our safety culture and challenging accepted norms.
  • Understanding cost control and cost management of multi-million dollar projects.
  • Implementing industry leading technologies for data management & system integration
  • Defining scopes of work within technical requirements and budgets.
  • Identifying and managing commercial risks through strategic contract management.
  • Pre-qualifying vendors and suppliers as part of our procurement strategy.
  • Understanding the key principles of construction law.

4. Planning and Project Controls

In addition to the Commercial Management stream, the Planning function sits within the Project Controls team – which also includes Cost Engineering, Risk, Change Control and Planning. This stream is suited to Graduates with a degree in Engineering, Construction Management or Quantity Surveying – who are well organised and have a specialised interest in Planning as a career pathway.

Planning at Laing O’Rourke is an exciting career path that provides a variety of career opportunities. Planning and the development of a program includes the life cycle of the construction process through design, procurement, construction and handover.

A successful planner will be a team player and will use a variety of tools and technology to enable effective communication and collaboration with the project team. This supports Laing O’Rourke’s strategy to be an Engineering Enterprise and push the boundaries operating in a digital environment.

Being a planner provides the opportunity to get your boots dirty and be involved in the execution of the work working with a variety of people ranging from operatives, suppliers, subcontractors, project management and the client. A competent planner will understand construction methodology, productivities, resource requirements and actual performance to realistically forecast the outcome of a project.

Planning is a core competency of project management and will support individuals who want to pursue a career in project and or functional leadership roles. For those who choose to remain in planning they will have the opportunity to specialise in a career path which offers variety, innovation and the opportunity to influence the outcomes of projects

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