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Aurecon graduates program

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Graduate programme

As an Aurecon graduate, you will work in a collaborative environment where you have the flexibility to pursue your passions, design your own pathway, and fast track your career.

As part of a diverse and inclusive team, you’ll collaborate with others across geographies and markets, applying your skills to re-imagine engineering and design a better future.

You will also work alongside industry leading professionals, mentors and peers. If you would like to experience numerous areas of Aurecon’s business, we can facilitate that too.

Your contributions will be valued and you will be applying your learning to some of the world's most complex projects:

We’re reimagining our graduate programme.

We do development differently at Aurecon

You’ll experience unique, challenging development opportunities that build skills and knowledge for an Aurecon that is ready to capture future opportunities. You’ll be sharing your learning journey with people across our entire organisation at all levels, across different geographies; as we believe that diversity makes for better learning.

At Aurecon, we will support you in all areas of development, and encourage you throughout your career to ‘bring your ideas to life’. We enable this support through our online learning platform Aurecon U.

The result is a comprehensive learning offering that you drive. Aurecon U puts you at the centre of your learning. As a graduate at Aurecon, your learning experience will be dynamic, continuous and relevant, supporting you to progress your career.

Aurecon U - Aurecon's learning platform

What is Aurecon U?

Aurecon U is our approach to learning which supports our employees to:

  • Learn together
  • Learn in the flow of work
  • Seek and share knowledge and wisdom
  • Learn through practice and feedback

What is the Blueprint Skills map?

Our Blueprint Skills Map is the framework which sits behind Aurecon U, with all learning associated with key areas of mastery:

  • Essential IQ
  • Client Mastery
  • Technical Mastery
  • Digital Mastery
  • Commercial Mastery
  • Leadership
  • Design to Innovate

Learning opportunities for graduates

Join a programme developed specifically for graduates to give you the head-start needed to become a professional who is ready for the future.

Through the programme, you will develop a strong foundation of relevant skills and experience to ensure a successful start to your career at Aurecon.

In Aurecon's graduate programme:

We deliver our learning through formal, interactive, and informal learning experiences:

  • We focus on helping you develop strong communication skills, build your personal brand, and broaden your network at Aurecon
  • We help you understand the attributes of high-performing teams and develop your ability to collaborate with others for successful outcomes
  • You will learn how to communicate with impact and how to use design thinking methodology to produce superior business and client outcomes
  • You will examine future career pathways and options (including becoming a registered/chartered professional)
  • You will further develop your resilience to change and your ability to communicate across all levels of our organisation

Aurecon’s additional learning opportunities

Aurecon’s graduates have access to development opportunities designed to help you become a recognised professional in your field and support you to realise your career aspirations.

As part of the programme, you will have access to the development offerings below:

Design to Innovate Series

The Design to Innovate series focuses on how we can unlock our creativity, unpack complexity and explore what is possible to deliver better outcomes for our clients. The modules are delivered as interactive, classroom-based sessions and cover topics such as design-led thinking, innovation, problem definition, problem solving, visual communication and strategy development.

Developing future leaders

Aurecon recognises that businesses are differentiated by the strength of their leadership. We take leadership development seriously and invest in growing our industry’s best leaders. As you progress through your career, you will have access to learning designed to build capability in all areas of management and leadership, accessing a suite of offerings specifically designed to address your unique learning needs.

Digital learning and design training

Aurecon has chosen to partner with a leading online learning platform that will allow you to grow your digital and design capabilities, as well as grow personally and professionally.

You will have access to a growing course library with courses that range from basic to specialist learning across a wide range of subjects and software, such as:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Programming and IT
  • Interactive Design and 3D Animation

Mentoring for Success Programme

Aurecon’s Mentoring for Success connects our people with experienced practitioners with the focus on building skills, sharing experiences and working towards clearly defined goals. Participants are supportive of one another, provide open and constructive feedback and challenge each other to continuously develop their professional practice. Our graduates are supported in finding a mentor who will be able to help them achieve their goals and progress their careers at Aurecon.

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation can bring immense benefits to both the individual and the organisation – officially recognising your technical expertise and professional excellence, while also enhancing Aurecon’s brand. Our emerging professionals are supported every step of the way to professional accreditation and have one professional membership paid for by Aurecon annually.

Project Management Excellence (pmX)

The Project Management Excellence programme is designed to provide aspiring and current Project Managers with the knowledge, skills and expertise to deliver exceptional Aurecon projects.

pmX is delivered via online, on-demand learning, complemented with instructor-led content which can be delivered in person or in a virtual environment. pmX assists learners in creating an individually tailored, competency-based, self-paced learning approach, designed to target areas of strength and further develop areas for improvement.

Let’s Talk – Performance for growth review framework

Aurecon’s performance process, Let’s Talk, is a conversation-based framework that enables you to align your contribution, professional development and career progress with Aurecon’s goals. It ensures transparency, consistency and equity in how we set and measure goals, and ultimately reward employees for their contribution. The simple, streamlined performance process is designed to facilitate meaningful conversations across the organisation that lead to strong performance outcomes.

The benefits of flexible work

Would you be happier if you had more say over how and when you work? Hack Triple J Podcast presenter Tom Tilly interviews Tara Ritchey from our Melbourne office, taking a look at the benefits of having a flexible work environment.

Tara Ritchey | 03 December 2018 | 15:27 | Visit ABC for original podcast

Key application dates in Australia


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Graduate programme applications
Open Monday 22 February 2021
Close Sunday 11 April 2021

Hear from our graduates

Unconventional Uncovered

What makes us ‘unconventional’? Our graduates from across our offices in Australia and New Zealand show you what it’s like to work at Aurecon.

Aliy Pehlivanides

We prioritise innovation, recognising that within every problem lies new breakthrough ideas.

– Aliy Pehlivanides


Aurecon graduate, Sam Morris

Sam Morris

Civil engineer

Sam shares what life is like at Aurecon in Christchurch as she designs her career through various development opportunities.

Aurecon Graduate Walaa Salah Jassmin Al-Hamran

Walaa Salah Jassmin Al-Hamran

Electrical Engineer

Follow Walaa around for a day at the Sydney office and see how Aurecon drives innovation through diversity and inclusion.

Dan Hundschiedt, Aurecon

Dan Hundscheidt


Having worked on the iconic Brisbane Ferry Terminals, Dan sees mechanical engineering as driving new urbanisation trends for a more sustainable future.

Gabriela Rojas, Aurecon

Gabriela Rojas

Environment & Planning Consultant

Gabriela helps to shape New Zealand's future by considering the environmental and social impact of her projects.

Limelight – Aurecon's emerging professional network

Aurecon has a network of proactive emerging professionals who actively promote a culture of innovation, involvement and improvement.

This network is called Limelight and they are the driving force behind many personal and professional development initiatives for our people. Limelight gives our emerging professionals from around our international offices a voice and this voice provides the crucial feedback loop that is needed within the business.

Close to 50 per cent of Aurecon’s people are classified as emerging professionals, making them a large part of our workforce.

While the main goal of Limelight is to enable emerging professional to lead rewarding and rich careers, a direct benefit to the business is that our emerging professionals are more passionate, driven and engaged in our clients’ projects and the communities in which we operate.

Management fully supports this initiative as the feedback sessions with senior leadership has opened their eyes to new ways of thinking, new ideas and the voice of the future thought-leaders of our company and within the wider industry.

Play video What is Limelight?

Meet our leaders

At Aurecon we believe humanity depends on engineering; and we recognise we have a broader stewardship role to play. Our CEO and senior leaders are collectively responsible for the strategic direction, growth and operations of Aurecon’s businesses and for ensuring our behaviour in the market aligns with our corporate values.

  • William Cox


    William is Aurecon’s CEO, leading the organisation with a focus on rapid growth and continuing diversification across Digital, Advisory and Asia. William is a vocal advocate for equality and diversity in the workplace. He is Aurecon’s Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and Aurecon’s representative for the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change.

  • Louise Adams


    Becoming the first female Executive Director on Aurecon’s Global Board in 2013, Louise is Aurecon’s global spokesperson for women in leadership. She has a passion for workplace diversity and the role it plays in innovation. She is also an advocate for female leadership and equality within STEM, receiving a high commendation for Female Champion of Change in Consult Australia’s Excellence Awards in 2016.

  • Maureen Thurston-Chartraw


    Maureen is responsible for leveraging 'design to innovate' principles at Aurecon to help fuel an innovation mindset and convey new value to clients. With over 30 years of experience capturing the collective value of design, she embeds the client experience as a strategic differentiator within Aurecon’s future ready strategy. Maureen is also the Chair of Design Australia and an Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney.

  • Scott Powell


    Scott Powell is an advocate for mental health in the workplace and authentic leadership. He believes in cultivating inclusive workplaces through strong leadership, so people can be their healthiest and truest self. Scott is Aurecon’s executive sponsor for its ‘Mind Matters’ programme which provides mental health awareness education to all staff.

  • Angus Leitch


    Angus is responsible for Aurecon’s operations in Australia’s states of South Australia and Victoria; and he is Aurecon’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) spokesperson. The RAP focuses on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in Aurecon, not only as part of the Company’s diversity ambitions, but also in recognition of its Indigenous Australian clients.

  • Paul Gleeson


    Paul is responsible for building Aurecon’s momentum as Australia’s leading engineering advisor to the energy sector and supporting the country’s transition to a lower-carbon future. Additionally, Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and uses his experience to help energy and resources clients create more sustainable industries.

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