Employee Testimonials

      


RUSSELL CONNORS
Project Engineer

How long have you worked at John Holland?  

I have been working with John Holland since 2009. I first started working as a student engineer before moving on to the graduate programme once I completed my studies. Since then I have had a number of active site roles on a variety of major projects across Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) and Singapore, including Graduate Engineer, Site Engineer, TBM Shift Engineer, Tunnel Engineer and my current role as Project Engineer.


What Project are you working on in Singapore?

I recently finished my second project in Singapore - Contract T208 which will form part of the Thomson East-Coast MRT Line. This project involved over 4kms of segmentally lined tunnels through some very challenging ground conditions. The tunnels were excavated by 3nos. of 6.66m diameter slurry Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs).

I have now relocated to the regional head office in Singapore where I am currently working with the tender team on several upcoming opportunities across the region.


What do you enjoy most about working with JH?

This is a difficult question because there’s a lot! I really enjoy working in a truly unique, inclusive and family-friendly environment with a diverse range of people who bring together many different skills and attributes that you would not find anywhere else.

I've also enjoyed working on the variety of complex and challenging projects with John Holland across Australia and Singapore. These have equipped me with the necessary skills to further my career in tunnelling.


Have you always envisaged having a long-term international career with John Holland?

When I joined the John Holland tunnelling team I never envisioned that I would have a long-term international career here. At first I was hesitant on relocating to Singapore, but with encouragement from the team and my family I gave it a shot. Fast forward to now and I am enjoying every minute of it!


What’s next for you and your career with JH?

I would like to continue working in the region to further develop the skills and attributes that will enable me to deliver ever more complex and challenging projects. I’m looking forward to being part of the success that will come with John Holland’s expansion in Asia.