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William Puente

William Puente, Aurecon

ESD Engineer

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Time at Aurecon: 2 years
Degree completed: Bachelor of Biological Science specialising in Zoology, Deakin University and Master of Environments, specialising in Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation, University of Melbourne
Strongest Aurecon Attribute: Fearless

After finishing my Bachelor of Biological Science, taking the leap into building energy efficiency was a huge jump for me. I was motivated by the belief that I could contribute to society better as an ESD engineer, where my work would have a positive effect, not only on the general environment, but also on the people that would reside in the buildings.

My experience with Aurecon

 

When I started at Aurecon, my role mainly involved creating models in the ESD team, simulating thermal, daylight and energy performance. However, I've since expanded my scope and can now be recognised as a key modeler for our team – being recognised as a Green Star rating accredited professional and, soon, a WELL rating accredited professional.

I’ve previously worked on the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal, which was definitely a challenging project. My role was to ensure that all the stations achieve a Green Star rating – a task that relied on a high level of multidisciplinary knowledge. Working with all the different teams taught me so much about how these complex projects function, and who to speak to about challenges and ideas. Through my work I helped deliver a result that went beyond our client’s expectations. The work ethic of our people and our capability are why I believe Aurecon is such a successful company.

I’m also currently working on commercial building projects aiming for WELL and Green Star ratings, as well as assisting in HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) modelling tasks. The work involves a lot of communication with the architects and the electrical, mechanical and structural teams about relevant standards and performance analytics to provide advice/ to the client.

Having such a strong and supportive ESD team gives me the best chance to excel in my career. They always make sure I’m aware of opportunities to attend workshops, seminars, webinars, networking events and to present at conferences. Largely due to their support, I have been accepted to present my building modelling research at the International Building Performance Simulation Association’s (IBPSA) Australian Building Simulation 2017 conference. I never would have had such an opportunity without the ESD team, who have also helped shape my research.

While I identify with a number of the Aurecon Attributes, I believe my strongest is being ‘fearless’. I’m always ready to ask the questions that others may not. I believe it’s always important to ask, “Why can’t we do this differently? Can we try this new design?” as this allows us to produce unique results in projects and keep our clients coming back.

My best advice to graduates

My best advice to graduates would be to maintain your curiosity and your confidence. If I didn’t first take the leap into engineering, I would never have discovered my passion for sustainability. If I didn’t build up the courage to apply to Aurecon, I would never have experienced all the great opportunities and amazing individuals here.

 

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