As a student, I had heard good things about Aurecon through university contacts and was interested in the company’s multidisciplinary approach to projects, as well as their graduate mentoring programme and fast tracked graduate development. While studying, I had always been interested in machinery and industrial subjects, so Aurecon’s R&M service group was an obvious choice for me.
From the outset, I decided to pursue every opportunity that arose. I moved around a lot and, by working in smaller, regional offices, within two years of graduating I was running my own projects – an opportunity few are given so early in their career. I worked across various sectors, including power, ports, smelters and cement, and also spent time seconded to a client.
After a few years of project management, I decided to build my technical design abilities. Aurecon supported me in this, transferring me to the Brisbane office to work with some leading experts there. Since then, I have managed the design of some of Australia’s biggest major bulk materials handling projects including Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Stage 7 Expansion and Hay Point Expansion 3, as well as a key role in the NCIG Stage 2 Terminal Project.
At the end of 2012, I made the move from Brisbane to Perth with Aurecon, where I am now running the region’s mechanical department. I will be working with mining giants, such as Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals, to spearhead Aurecon’s bulk materials handling capabilities in resources-rich Western Australia.
A lot has happened since I joined Aurecon as a graduate back in 2001. I have worked hard to get to where I am, but I also know I would not be here without the support and opportunities Aurecon has given me.
I think the key to life as a graduate is to take every opportunity that comes your way. They often lead to bigger and better things. My career is proof of this.
Paul was awarded the 2012 AW Roberts Award by the Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling – a prestigious award that recognises the contribution of a young engineer to bulk solids handling.