Kiran, Hydraulics Engineer in our Melbourne office, graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. In less than a year he is comfortable handling his own hydraulics and fire protection projects. Find out why he loves working in the Beca Buildings team and what the next 12 months hold for him.
1. What attracted you to Beca?
The first time I heard about Beca was during my final year at University. One of my seniors at uni got into the Beca Graduate Development Programme and he used to talk passionately about the work and people working with him. I was impressed with what I heard and felt that the values resonated with my own. I wanted to be part of this vibrant culture and that’s how I ended up here!
2. On your first day at Beca, what stood out to you?
All the printers in the Melbourne office are named after Simpsons characters! What could go wrong? Ha! In all seriousness though, everyone was really welcoming, and I quickly felt part of the team. Buildings have a very young and dynamic team and I could feel the energy straight away. I also had a buddy assigned to me who introduced me to everyone and gave me a tour so and I felt even more comfortable.
2. What sort of projects have you been involved in?
At Beca, you get the opportunity to shape your own career. I joined the company as a Hydraulic Engineer and have had the opportunity to be part of huge range of projects from designing hydraulic systems for apartment buildings, inspection and detailed design of drainage for key industrial projects, design and construction monitoring for major rail upgrade projects, to small scale fire protection design.
4. What has been your favourite accomplishment at Beca?
There is immense support from the senior engineers and a vast number of opportunities to follow your interests. Looking back six months, I feel really proud of the progress that I have made. I started my role with limited hydraulic experience and worked really hard to reach my current position where I am comfortable handling my own projects, both in hydraulics and fire protection.
5. What gets you out of bed every morning?
The multi-faceted environment within the company and the broad range of experience available in-house makes me excited about my work. Right from the start you are exposed to different aspects of a project, continually taking you out of your comfort zone and making every day exciting and challenging. Also, coming back to a vibrant and enthusiastic team everyday makes it even more worthwhile.
6. How does the work you do ‘make everyday better’ for our clients and communities?
I help my clients by providing them with an efficient and sustainable solutions. Also, a well-designed hydraulic system forms an essential part with in the community by reducing wastage and re-use of essential resources. Our tenacity for excellence is testament to the services that we provide.
7. What does the next 12 months hold for you?
I believe I have proved myself to be a good engineer and now am working towards to becoming a good consultant. I want to manage more projects, get more exposure to the management and technical side of projects, starting with getting trained to be a Beca job manager.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Being an automobile enthusiast, I love anything to do with cars. In my final year at Melbourne University I joined the Formula SAE team - MUR and got the opportunity to design and manufacture the main chassis of the car. I was hooked! So in the weekend you will find me tinkering on my next car project.