Di­ver­sity is the key for David

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Careers In Construction -

WF HILE grad­u­ates of­ten spend their first work­ing years do­ing repet­i­tive, mun­dane task, civil en­gi­neer David Kimp­ton ( pic­tured) is not one of them.

Af­ter com­plet­ing his de­gree at Melbourne’s Monash Univer­sity last year, he started with John Hol­land as a grad­u­ate en­gi­neer.

The two- year grad­u­ate pro­gram en­ables him to ro­tate through dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the busi­ness, both on­site and in the of­fice.

At the mo­ment, he’s work­ing on the $ 2.5 bil­lion East­Link Toll­way, cur­rently the largest in­fra­struc­ture project in the coun­try.

His job is deal­ing with the con­struc­tion of a 4km con­crete bar­rier along­side the road.

‘‘ It’s very easy for a grad­u­ate to come out of uni in any pro­fes­sion and be given the most mun­dane jobs and be do­ing the same thing end­lessly,’’ Kimp­ton says.

‘‘ Here, you do ro­ta­tions through dif­fer­ent as­pects of the busi­ness.

‘‘ The ben­e­fit of this pro­gram is we get to see all of the busi­ness and how ev­ery dif­fer­ent as­pect works.’’

Kimp­ton says he wasn’t aware of how good the job prospects were in the in­dus­try un­til he grad­u­ated.

His main rea­son for choos­ing to study civil en­gi­neer­ing was sim­ply be­cause he was in­ter­ested in the field: ‘‘ It was only just start­ing to boom at that time. When I fin­ished, I went for a few in­ter­views and re­alised that ev­ery­one was will­ing to em­ploy me.

‘‘ That’s when I started to get that feel­ing and all my con­tem­po­raries from uni got jobs pretty much straight away too.

‘‘ It meant that I could look at a range of com­pa­nies and go for one that best suited me.

‘‘ I just came out of uni at a good time.

‘‘ Any­one com­ing out of uni is go­ing to go for the job that they want, it’s just that now they’re more likely to get it.’’

He was at­tracted to the po­si­tion at John Hol­land be­cause of the com­pany’s cul­ture and di­ver­sity of projects: ‘‘ They don’t just build roads or wa­ter treat­ment plants, there’s a whole range of things that they build.’’

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