2018 Graduate Engineer
Patrick has taken every opportunity that has come his way since commencing his Ignite Graduate Program with Civilex – embracing the culture and guiding his own future.
Passionate about the environment, Patrick’s favourite subjects while studying his Civil Engineering degree at Swinburne were environmental ones – how to minimise waste, using efficient materials, and in particular how to become carbon-neutral. Patrick hopes that in 20- or 30-years’ time the environment will be at the forefront of politicians and corporations’ minds.
Site and Estimating Experience
But it was within a live project environment at CD9 (Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal project) where Patrick came to understand how things work and progress on site. “Once I was at CD9, I realised how much the project had to be broken down into smaller, more detailed components like the removal of waste products, where the underground services were situated. It was the first time I had ever been on a construction site – and even though it was tough at times it was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.”
Returning to the estimating team with his new-found knowledge from CD9, he was able to step into a larger estimating role. Working on all aspects of the estimating process, and with the help of a supportive estimating team, Patrick reached the point where he could submit his own tender submissions playing a crucial role in the initial Geelong Bacchus Marsh Road Stage 3 submission win.
Patrick also spent time working alongside the safety team. The company rolled out Safety 7 and he was able to see firsthand the immediate impact the new program had on each project. Tasks included assisting with project safety audits (for Civilex and Conset), developing new safety protocols under the Safety 7 guidelines and assisting existing projects with the safety requirements.
Patrick returned to the project team as a Site Engineer on the Civilex Youth Justice Redevelopment Project, west of Werribee. The ever-accelerating project will play a key role in the rehabilitation of young people. Patrick’s main role on this project is the management of the piling subcontractor, a very technical and safety conscious component of the project.
Patrick attended The Big Meet as many budding engineers do – researching and meeting with the best construction companies to kick-start his career. After a conversation with Civilex Project Manager Nick Loucaides there, he decided to apply for the Civilex Ignite Graduate Program. “Nick shared all the different types of projects he was able to work on at Civilex and the amazing family-oriented culture that exists between everyone. And I thought – that’s exactly what I want!”
Since being at Civilex, Patrick knows he can control his own growth while asking anyone – including senior management and the directors – any question. “The growth here is not limited. I can go to anyone in this company and ask them anything and the best thing is that my colleagues and the senior managers will happily give me honest feedback and helpful answers.”
Civilex is growing and expanding along with its other construction entities Conset, Grampians Excavations and Wamarra. So, where does Patrick see himself in five years’ time? “It’s so exciting to see that the company is planning its own growth. I’m looking forward to taking on any of the opportunities that come my way.”