I started studying engineering after switching from a biomedical science degree as the work looked more interesting and I realised that a “life in a lab” wasn’t for me.
During my final year of study I completed an internship at Auckland Transport working in the Public Transport/Capital Development Team. During my internship I worked with several design consultancies, one of which being Aurecon. When it then came to applying for graduate jobs, I applied to Aurecon as I found them to be one of the best, most responsive consultants to work with and appreciated that to be a good engineer I needed to gain experience in a consultancy.
Unlike most other similar organisations, Aurecon doesn’t have a formal rotation programme, which means you can fast track your career by moving straight into your area of interest. This means that as a araduate, I was fully immersed into projects, ranging from small to large scale, and learning on the job much earlier than many of my university peers. Since starting in March 2014, I have been given the opportunity to get involved with the roading and planning side of Transport.
I’ve been involved in the Otahuhu Bus-Rail Interchange Detailed Design Project, assisting with the initial stakeholder engagement workshops. I was responsible for calculating patronage and the different modal mixes of people entering and exiting the station as well as bench-marking the station against similar sized Australian examples.
Another project I’ve worked on is the Tamaki Implementation Plan, a master plan type document for the Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd, who is looking to redevelop the area between Glen Innes and Panmure with more intense housing and provide better public facilities. I was involved in developing the Integrated Transport Assessment as part of this plan to assess the effects of the future population on transport facilities within the area and provide viable solutions and an implementation plan over a 30 year period.
I have also been involved in calculating predicted trip generation numbers for a housing development for the Porirua City Council, a bus interchange layout concept option development for Auckland Transport, and a corridor management plan for a new frequent bus route between Mangere, Otahuhu and Sylvia Park.
Aurecon promotes a work life balance and has a number of initiatives to encourage this, including the social club with fun activities such as Tough Guy/Girl Challenge, rugby matches and quiz nights. This has been a great way to spend time with other young professionals working at Aurecon.
I would encourage aspiring engineers to gain as much work experience as possible while at university as it’s so valuable. It’s also a way to get your foot in the door and find out first-hand who you’d like to work for.
I know that Aurecon has a great reputation in the market place and I often hear complimentary feedback about it as an organisation. It is a great motivator and makes me feel proud to work for such a highly regarded consultancy.