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Our comprehensive two-year Ignite Graduate Program will provide a robust foundation for your career in construction. Working closely with senior management and specially selected mentors you’ll be immersed in a live project environment right from the start.

You’ll experience a wide range of civil construction projects: from large community projects, to even larger city-defining infrastructure projects. And over the course of the program you’ll develop a strong understanding of how different departments, clients and contractors work collaboratively to deliver exceptional outcomes. You’ll also have opportunities to build on your knowledge from a wide range of external training organisations, all with the aim of helping you get ahead.

A wide range of experiences await you.

As well as hands-on experience on live projects, your structured formal training will develop your skills across a wide range of departments – not just broadening your knowledge, but helping you identify and polish the areas in which you excel.

The Civilex Journey

Your journey starts with your induction into our Ignite Graduate Program. You’ll start work on one or more of the program units and we’ll work with you to decide the best way to integrate them into your live project work.

In no time you’ll be one of the family, with ongoing support from your mentor as well as meeting the Civilex senior leadership team at a graduate welcome lunch.

Personal development units

Every graduate joining Civilex has a different set of skills and experiences. Our Ignite Graduate Program will introduce you to a number of core units. A mix of formal training, assessments and activities, each unit is designed to help you develop your competencies, and ensure all graduates have the same level of understanding.

You’ll usually be working on several units at the same time, especially as some are linked to live project work, and can depend on the stages a specific project is at.

Stakeholder Management

Anyone can be a stakeholder in a project – from customers, partners, investors or governments, to members of the community and traditional landowners. Their influence can have positive, and negative, effects on any project, so it’s important to engage them in a positive way, to manage their expectations, demands or feedback.

Project Programming

Time management is a critical component of project management. Programming is a process/tool used in construction to help teams manage time, sequencing activities and allocating resources on a project.


Civilex provides an in-house survey department who offers spatial and construction survey services for all our projects. The survey team is involved in the project from initial works to practical completion.


Procurement is the engagement of subcontractors and suppliers required to deliver a project. It’s crucial to successful project delivery, with financial wins or losses, often determined in the procurement phase.

Contract Management

Contracts and their management are a key success factor of any project, affecting areas from quality of work, outcomes, and relationships, to risk management and finances. Contract management includes activities performed after a contract has been awarded, and the monitoring and assessing of how well we’re performing to meet its requirements.


Estimating is at the forefront of an organisation’s success. This core function establishes the foundation of our projects and has direct influence on project outcomes – there’s a fine balance between risk management and maintaining market competitiveness. Through the tendering process, an estimator gains a full understanding of a project, visualising the task in hand and helping us quickly scope a proposal.

Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

Health, safety, environment and quality management are key business elements practised by Civilex to ensure we meet our contractual, legislative and accreditation obligations.

Members of the Civilex project management team play an integral role in ensuring the HSEQ components of the project are executed to the required standards.

Financial Management

Financial management is a key process in managing a successful project. Keeping a project on budget leads to the best outcomes for customers and communities, while enabling us to continue to invest in the business, and our people.


Leadership is a decision, not a position. As a graduate, you are on a career pathway to management and leadership. During this journey you will face many opportunities to step up and lead a team through challenging situations, while maintaining excellent relationships.


Communication is more about what is heard and understood than what is said.

The best leaders know this, tailoring their communication to suit their audience. Great communicators understand how style, tone, approach, medium and language impact what is understood, and the outcome.


Relationships work best when they’re mutually rewarding. When working with clients, partners and stakeholders, it’s important to strike the balance between protecting our interests and getting what you want, while maintaining good relationships.

Career Pathways

While our program is geared towards engineering graduates, we invite graduates in business management, safety, quality and environmental studies, human resources, accounting and law to apply. Whatever your qualification, what you’ll need most is a passion for construction.

Graduate Stories

Holly Sanders

Project Engineer

“Women can offer a different approach to communication which is an advantage in being able to successfully navigate the ins and outs of priorities within a multifaceted project. It’s all about having strong communication skills, building relationships and remaining calm in highly complex environments, whilst dealing with a multitude of challenges at once.”

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Patrick Kemp

2018 Graduate Engineer

“Your growth at Civilex is not limited. I can approach anyone in this company and ask them anything. The best thing is I’ll receive honest feedback and helpful answers.”

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David Caserta

Construction Manager

“The Civilex management team develop their staff to grow alongside the business. It means our engineers are handed diverse experiences and opportunities right from the start of their careers.”

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Brooke Brunner

2017 Graduate Accountant

“The Civilex social calendar is great – an extensive calendar full of events and worthwhile opportunities for staff to get involved in together that changes each year. I’m keen to get involved in days where we help feed the hungry with our BBQ truck. I just feel that we’re one massive family – it’s the best workplace I’ve ever worked in!”

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Eliza Dodd

Eliza Dodd

2020 Graduate Engineer

“I know I enjoy being more hands-on – getting involved in activities and talking to people. I’m also very organised so initially, my thinking is following a construction career pathway in Project Management.”

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Dane Gallagher

2019 Graduate Engineer

“I love the Civilex culture! Everyone is treated equally and we can fast-track the graduate program. I really feel like I belong here.”

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Cameron Warren

2019 Graduate Engineer

“I’ve already gained so much hands-on experience at Civilex. It’s been a real eye-opener and I’m enjoying it!”

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Nathan Lowe

Nathan Lowe

2020 Graduate Engineer

“I’ve come to Civilex and discovered a balanced culture. Sure there’s serious work to be done but there’s also a relaxed vibe and supportive learning culture here. The Civilex head office is the best I’ve seen!”

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Matthew Willis

Project Manager

“Civilex is a positive environment to work in with a fantastic group of people and amazing mentoring from senior managers. There is an abundance of opportunities here at Civilex for those willing to work for them.”

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Civilex VR Experience

As a graduate we understand how difficult it can be gaining a realistic understanding or a feel of what it would be like to actually work at Civilex – our office environment, values and culture, and people and projects. To help give graduates an insight into our construction group, we created the Step into Our Shoes Virtual Reality experience that was recently launched at the graduate career expos.

Feel free to use your mouse to move around on your computer screen or if you’re on a smartphone move around and you’ll be able to see 360 degrees.

The Application Process

Our Ignite Graduate Program offers a great career foundation for graduates from a diverse range of fields. All you need is a passion for the construction industry and the ability to demonstrate leadership, drive and determination, team commitment, attention to detail, time management, interpersonal skills, adaptability and flexibility, resilience and respect.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Ignite Graduate Program intake, with applications closing 20 April 2020. Successful applicants will officially join our Ignite Graduate Program the February after graduation.

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Come see us at the following exhibitions throughout March-April:

University of Melbourne

RMIT (City Campus)

Deakin University (Waurn Ponds)

The Big Meet (Crown Palladium)
Step into our shoes with Virtual Reality

Swinburne University (Online Forum)
Thu 2 April from 11:45am onwards, more details forthcoming.