Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion of­fers en­gi­neer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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Graduate en­gi­neers have had the op­por­tu­nity to gain in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on the big­gest as­set re­newal pro­gram the Rive­rina re­gion has seen in 50 years.

Since the be­gin­ning of the Pri­vate Ir­ri­ga­tion In­fra­struc­ture Oper­a­tors Pro­gram (PIIOP), more than twelve graduate en­gi­neers have passed through Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion’s doors.

Work­ing on Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion’s PIIOP pro­gram has ex­posed the grad­u­ates to a large-scale project they wouldn’t nor­mally have the op­por­tu­nity to work on straight af­ter univer­sity.

One of the grad­u­ates, Adam Dare, has been work­ing on PIIOP round two for the past five months, af­ter grad­u­at­ing from La Trobe Univer­sity in 2016 with a Bach­e­lors in Civil En­gi­neer­ing.

‘‘Work­ing on a $200 mil­lion dol­lar project straight out of univer­sity is a huge op­por­tu­nity,’’ Mr Dare said.

‘‘Since start­ing with Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion in Jan­uary I’ve no­ticed my skills have dra­mat­i­cally im­proved and I’m able to make valu­able con­tri­bu­tions in meet­ings.

‘‘PIIOP round two has given me ex­pe­ri­ence in di­verse as­pects of en­gi­neer­ing, in­clud­ing civil, de­sign and con­struc­tion.

‘‘Learn­ing to reach a com­mon goal with dif­fer­ent teams in Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion has also been in­valu­able to my pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.’’

Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion ex­ec­u­tive man­ager ma­jor en­gi­neer­ing projects War­ren Jose is pleased the graduate en­gi­neers have had the op­por­tu­nity to work on such a large-scale in­fra­struc­ture project.

‘‘The project spans across our en­tire foot­print and in­volves up­grad­ing dated in­fra­struc­ture with mod­ern out­lets and reg­u­la­tors, in­cor­po­rat­ing new au­toma­tion and re­mote-con­trol tech­nol­ogy,’’ Mr Jose said.

‘‘This pro­vides our grad­u­ates with an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove their project man­age­ment skills and de­velop a range of tech­ni­cal skills.

‘‘Typ­i­cally, grad­u­ates will as­sist our project man­agers to make sure con­struc­tion re­mains safe, cost-ef­fec­tive and timely while work­ing to com­plete the over­all PIIOP round two pro­gram.

‘‘They re­ceive on the job train­ing and men­tor­ing from ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neers within the project team.

‘‘This al­lows our grad­u­ates to re­fine their analysing skills when sur­vey­ing re­ports, maps, aerial pho­tog­ra­phy and other ge­o­log­i­cal data for plan­ning and im­ple­ment­ing the project.’’

There is cur­rently one graduate engi­neer work­ing on PIIOP round two, with more ex­pected to come on board for the PIIOP round three pro­gram.

Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion’s PIIOP round two project has re­ceived ap­proval for fund­ing of $169.2 mil­lion from the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s Pri­vate Ir­ri­ga­tion In­fra­struc­ture Oper­a­tors Pro­gram (PIIOP) in NSW.

La Trobe Univer­sity graduate Adam Dare has been work­ing on the Pri­vate Ir­ri­ga­tion In­fra­struc­ture Oper­a­tors Pro­gram since Jan­uary.

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