Graduate Profiles

Graduate Engineer - ChiChi Luan

What does your typical workday look like?

On a typical day, the first thing when I arrive at the office would be reading emails received overnight. Then list down key tasks that are required to complete on the day.

Half way through the day, I will go to sites if time allows, to meet up with site engineers and collect dockets.

By the end of the day I try to spend 5-10 mins to reflect what’s done/not done today and take notes of any important events.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

I witnessed our first breakthrough of the Melbourne Metro project - State Library Station. This was very exciting as everyone on this project has worked extremely hard. This is a great milestone to celebrate.

Working on this project makes me understand more about the amount of work required to build a tunnel and appreciate more when I drive through one.


Graduate Engineer - James Dowzard

What does your typical workday look like?

My day will usually start with some planning, I always like to have goals for my day in terms of what I want to achieve.

My work is office-based so depending on where the project is at, I am usually involved in developing a report to make an assurance argument, or another key report I worked on was to demonstrate that the design was capable of meeting its high-level targets for trains running on time.

I also assist in other areas of the systems engineering team such as requirements, usually writing scripts to automate some of the processes we need to execute as a project. Programming is an extremely useful way to remove the need for manual processes and enable our project team to utilise their specific expertise more often throughout the day.

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

The exposure to the largest public private partnership is something I have come more recently to appreciate.

What keeps the work I do interesting is that the project lifecycle always moves forward, meaning you are always working towards a huge milestone – completing the project, which then brings benefit to the communities we work in.


Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Graduate - Remy Fowler

What does your typical workday look like?

  • Check my emails and see what is happening on-site via the time-lapse camera
  • Weekly meeting with the client
  • Head out for either an onsite or perimeter of site walk to see how construction is coming along
  • Meeting with stakeholders (residents, business, government agencies – depends on the day)
  • Sit down with engineers to talk about their upcoming works and potential disruptions
  • Write collateral for community consumption regarding upcoming works

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

One of the great things about working in communications and stakeholder engagement is that it is a centralised role. You have an understanding of all works happening at both your sites and the project as a whole.


Graduate Engineer - Sam Fitzherber

What does your typical workday look like?

During Tenders: I start every morning with two espressos. If we are in the middle of a tender, there can be lots of meetings with the team and contractors to discuss strategy and explore innovative construction materials or ways of building which will give us a competitive advantage. When you are close to a submission date you tend to lose track of what day it is as every day becomes a workday and long days become a standard.

Post/Pre-tenders: Not being the one to sit around, I was lucky enough to be given freedom to write research reports for the Building Division. I spent days at concrete plants, steel facilities and precast plants looking at what they do, and the processes and systems involved.

What has been the most interesting thing about your job?

I have been at John Holland for three years now and I have worked on Green Square Library and Plaza and North West Metro before transitioning into Pre-Contracts. The most interesting party about working here is you are only bound by your own limitations.

I have been on site visits to West Connex where I sat in a road header as it tunnelled, the Sydney Metro Precast facility, Macquarie Park, numerous factories and concrete plants all through self-organised initiatives because I wanted to learn more about the industry. I have also climbed a Tower Crane- they are much higher and scarier than you think.

Working for such a large company opens several doors for you, and if you are passionate and have a drive to learn you will find invitations to other construction sites; and contractor facilities will readily flow your way.