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Between video shoots one day in our Melbourne office, we had one question for staff who walked by, "what do you like about SKM?". Here is what they had to say.
Join Eleanor as she talks about her experiences so far with SKM.
What’s your business unit? Infrastructure
What attracted you to SKM? I was part of the “first look” scholarship scheme, which gave me great exposure to SKM throughout my summer vacations. I was attracted to join full time by the varied work available, the fact that SKM is an international company with good prospects for moving about, but the main reason I was attracted was the people I would be working for and with.
What sort of work do you do? I do a variety of things in the transport planning team. I work on traffic impact assessments, large strategic transport studies and also do a fair amount of transport and traffic modelling, both micro and macro simulation. I also manage projects with small groups of people involved, which is great experience.
Where do you want to go in the future? In the future I’d like to move more into project management, working on larger projects which incorporate inputs from all different areas within the business, while still maintaining some technical input as well. I’m always looking to develop further and broaden my skills, which will hopefully continue to happen.
What do you love about SKM? I really enjoy the respect given to and from everyone at SKM, regardless of seniority. Often getting input from the younger graduates is important, and SKM do that really well. The awesome people really make my job what it is and SKM are committed to developing great people for the future. Reward and recognition is another thing I love about SKM, with feedback coming through various channels. It’s good to be told and recognised for when you’re doing a great job, not just when you’re doing a bad one.
What’s your business unit? Buildings and Infrastructure
What attracted you to SKM? Reports of great people and interesting projects from friends working here
What sort of work do you do? I mostly work in large teams designing highways across Australia. My project work includes the design of drainage systems, road pavements, quality processes and research on best practices. I also forecast future workloads for the road design team and organise lots of corporate sporting events.
Where do you want to go in the future? Ideally I will be managing large multidisciplinary civil projects from a ski resort somewhere in Switzerland
What do you love about SKM? Great people and exposure to big, nation building projects.
Joann Kirby (Jo)
Chemical Process Engineer
What’s your business unit? Power and Industry
What attracted you to SKM? I was attracted to SKM because of their great reputation for sustainable design, corporate responsibility and innovated projects.
What sort of work do you do? Since starting with SKM I have been involved in the detail designs of the chemical storage and dosing systems of both the Gold Coast and Sydney desalination Plants. I have modelled slurry pipelines for a copper mine concept study in Papua New Guinea and have been involved with HAZOP analysis and risk engineering.
Where do you want to go in the future? I would like to get more experience in plant commissioning and project engineering and eventually become a practice leader in Risk Engineering and Safety in Design.
What do you love about SKM? The people; everyone is so generous with their knowledge and their friendship. I also love the fact that I have the opportunity to work on such a large variety of projects and get the added bonus of travelling to work on site.