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Cadet / Graduate Engineering Programs

23-11-2021 05:42 PM
 
Brendan Guiney
by Brendan Guiney
Joined 02-08-2019 03:32 PM
Posts 15
Calling any Local Water Utilities that are running a successful 2 or 3 year cadet or graduate engineer program. We would love to share your success with other Local Water Utilities. Please email us at info@waterdirectorate.asn.au if you have a program that you can share.
Cheers,
Brendan Guiney | Executive Officer | NSW Water Directorate

Re: Cadet / Graduate Engineering Programs

26-11-2021 12:04 PM
 
adam.turville@midcoastwater.com.au
by adam.turville@midcoastwater.com.au
Joined 25-11-2013 04:25 PM
Posts 4
MidCoast Council is running a Graduate Engineer program with a 6 monthly rotation through the Infrastructure & Engineering Directorate over a three year term. I have been lucky enough to have hosted two rotations in the Water Assets Planning Team. The program is proving to be very beneficial to Council with several young engineers on the program recently applying for permanent positions that became vacated. Four Graduate Engineers have been appointed to permanent roles. 2 graduates have moved into Investigation Engineer roles, one in the Stormwater team and one in the Water Planning team. Having the graduates being able to demonstrate their strengths and identify opportunities for development has really made it easier to know that they will be capable in the permanent roles. Happy to put you in touch with MidCoast Councils HR team if you need further information. Kind Regards adam.turville@midcoast.nsw.gov.au 0427 767 681

Re: Cadet / Graduate Engineering Programs

26-11-2021 05:12 PM
 
brett.corven@esc.nsw.gov.au
by brett.corven@esc.nsw.gov.au
Joined 13-11-2015 09:54 AM
Posts 23
At Eurobodalla we have two water and sewer cadets (8yr part time program). We start our cadets in the field for 12 months working in reticulation operations, construction, and water and sewer plant operations. During this time they gain water and sewage treatment plant operator certification, working in a confined space, first aid, and traffic control certificates. This gives them a sound background in water and sewer operations, before they move into the operations office doing technical officer duties such as scoping water main renewal projects, cost estimating and preparing project management plans for minor works carried out by our in-house construction teams. They then move the the main admin office as a technical officer and carry out tasks such as attending to customer queries, reviewing subdivisions plans, and preparing REFs. They spend time with our survey team and geotechnical officer when studying those subjects. They then move to project tasks such as reviewing minor designs (eg sewage pumping station upgrades), and reviewing contract specifications. At this stage they carry out surveillance of contracted construction works to gain an understanding of contracts management. By the time they complete their degree they are managing minor contracts up to $5M. During the program they undertake other relevant trainings such as trade waste management.
The aim of the program is to have our graduates with as much experience relevant to the role of a qualified and experienced water and sewer engineer upon graduation. To do this we select the tasks and projects to ensure that they are continually stepping out of their comfort zone technically while managing their workload so that stepping out of their comfort zone technically is their only work stressor, as work/study/life balance is already difficult enough and we want them to succeed. Our most recent graduate (2019) is Councils project manager for the $20M Batemans Bay STP augmentation and he is proving to be well equiped for the task.
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