Unconventional graduates and interns at Aurecon
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Graduate programme

We’ve reimagined our graduate programme. We’ve said goodbye to rigid schedules and hello to a collaborative environment where you have the flexibility to pursue your passions, design, and fast track your career.

As part of a diverse 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 do development differently at Aurecon

You will be exposed to unique, challenging development opportunities that build skills and knowledge for a ‘future ready’ Aurecon. You will be sharing your learning journey with people across our entire organisation at all levels, across many geographies; as we believe that diversity makes for better learning. At Aurecon you will be supported in all areas of development, and encouraged throughout your career to ‘bring your ideas to life’.

Aurecon’s emerging professionals have access to development opportunities designed to help you become a recognised professional in your field and support you to realise your career aspirations. We know that people learn in a variety of ways, so our professional development is in line with the 70:20:10 learning model.

In this model 10 per cent of learning is seen to come from structured courses and programmes, 20 per cent from your peers, and 70 per cent from experience in the workplace. This model recognises that learning occurs not just in a classroom, but also on the job, in our daily role through experience and interactions with others.

Accordingly, we have designed our learning around formal, interactive, and informal learning experiences. The result is a comprehensive learning offering that is driven by you.

Aurecon's differentiated offering

Emerging Professionals Programme (EPP)

The EPP is Aurecon’s global graduate development framework designed to develop our EPs to grow into specialist consultants that are not only problem solvers, but problem finders. We achieve this by offering a comprehensive mix of technical and non-technical personal development programmes.

The modules are designed along three themes covering:

  • Work Ready: time management, problem solving
  • Collaboration: communication, design thinking
  • Future Ready: embracing change, being a mentor

These workshops and curated online learning are timed to be delivered at the relevant stage of the EP’s career.

Catalyst Future Ready modules

This bespoke 10 course instructor-led programme was designed by Aurecon’s Talent Development team to respond to digital disruption and the changing face of work. The modules cover topics such as design-led thinking, innovation, problem definition, problem solving, communication, personal branding, and strategy development. It’s your toolkit to becoming future ready to respond to a rapidly changing world.

Education Assistance Programme

Aurecon recognises the importance and value of accessing best practice external development programmes and studies, to complement the differentiated, technical and professional learning offered in-house. We provide financial assistance and study leave for employees undertaking approved studies, supporting you in your ongoing professional development.

Early Career International Development Scheme (ECIDS)

Aurecon runs the Early Career International Development Scheme (ECIDS), giving young professionals the opportunity to work in an Aurecon office in a different part of the world. ECIDS is available to high potential staff who have between 2 and 6 years of post-qualification work experience.

The scheme has had great success in establishing strong international, internal and external networks, building cross-cultural understanding and providing participants with a life changing experience.

ArchiStar Academy

Aurecon has chosen to partner with ArchiStar – an online learning platform that will allow you to grow your digital and design capabilities in advanced parametric software.

The ArchiStar course library offers 64 training courses that range from basic to specialist learning across a wide range of subjects and software, such as:

  • The use of digital modelling tools like Revit, Rhino and InfraWorks
  • Automation and scripting in Python, Dynamo and Grasshopper
  • New design approaches and software impacting our industry such as Generative Design and Additive Manufacturing

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.

Mentoring for Success Programme

The Mentoring for Success Programme 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. In our programme, experienced professionals and emerging professionals are partnered together, depending on what the mentor can offer and what the mentee is looking to gain.

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.

Developing future ready 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.

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. Let’s Talk drives career discussions which examine individual contribution, capability and career aspirations.

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 24 February 2020
Close 05 April 2020

Hear from our graduates

Unconventional Uncovered

What’s it like to work at Aurecon? We uncover our graduates’ experiences in our Melbourne office.

Tara Ritchey

We have a global digital ideas platform that allows anyone to post an idea and seek funding.

– Tara Ritchey


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.

Yifan Qin, Aurecon Graduate, Civil Engineer

Yifan Qin

Civil Engineer

Yifan is working on road designs for Melbourne Airport and various water civil assets, helping Aurecon to design liveable solutions for our city.

Neil Taylor, Aurecon

Neill Tailor


Neill shares a typical day in the life as an Aurecon graduate working in the roads and highway team in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Martin Fielke, Aurecon Graduate, Sustainability Engineer

Martin Fielke

Sustainability Engineer

Martin shares what a day in the life of an Aurecon graduate looks like, from attending client meetings to working on sustainable 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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