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BMD

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Bridget Burton

What I enjoy most about my job is how driven the other engineers are and how committed they are to my growth and learning as a Graduate.

What's your job about?

BMD is a privately owned national group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development meaning there are so many opportunities with one company.

I am currently working on an interchange upgrade along the Bruce Highway, as a part of the civil team. In my role I support the other engineering staff ensuring the project is delivered in compliance with the company's and project's quality, time, production, safety, and environmental objectives. I spend a lot of my time out in the field attending inspections for earthworks, pavements and drainage. I also help to run concrete pours and ensure the mix complies with the industry standard. Recently I was tasked to order all the civil materials required for a bridge abutment. This involved looking at multiple design drawings to estimate quantities required for different materials and liaising with suppliers to ensure that the materials were available for when the time came to construct the abutment.

What's your background?

I grew up on the Gold Coast. At school, I was always interested in maths and science. The school I attended offered engineering and design in my middle and senior years. These subjects are where my love for engineering began. They combined both my passions for maths and science and they allowed me the opportunity to challenge myself with abstract problem-solving.

At school, I threw myself into any opportunity I could to explore whether engineering might be something I would like to pursue when I finished high school. I entered science competitions, where my team built the strongest paddle pop bridge, attended an engineering and technology summer camp at Stanford University in the USA and attended engineering experience days at various universities. These were all great ways to further understand all the possible careers in engineering.

I first heard about BMD when I applied for the scholarship they were offering for Undergraduate Civil Engineers. Ultimately, I didn’t receive the scholarship but was still given the opportunity to work as an Undergraduate Engineer at the company. Working at BMD was a fantastic opportunity that exposed me to the construction industry and its amazing culture, where I can feel comfortable to ask questions and have my opinion valued. I worked as an Undergraduate for 2 years before I graduated from university., My time as an undergraduate included working 6 months on the project I currently work which made the process of transitioning from an undergraduate to a graduate so much less stressful. I really believe those 6 months on a project site equipped me for life as a Graduate Engineer at BMD.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Yes, someone with a different background could do my job. However, I do believe some important traits to succeed at BMD are a willingness and drive to constantly learn new things and the ability to problem solve in stressful situations. These traits are vital to succeed in a workplace as fast-paced and professional as BMD where people aren’t afraid of challenges and always pursue worthwhile opportunities no matter how difficult they are.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

What I enjoy most about my job is how driven the other engineers are and how committed they are to my growth and learning as a Graduate. Every day I have to tell my team one new thing I learnt that day which encourages me to constantly seek new things to learn. These discussions with my team allow me to further my knowledge of construction and learn from some of the industry’s best! My team values my contributions empower me to succeed in my role.

What are the limitations of your job?

The limitations of engineering and the construction industry are that the hours are longer than what you would find in the office. We start earlier than most jobs with the pre-start meeting at 6.30 AM.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  1. Make friends with people in your degree. They will be your biggest support system.
  2. Work experience is a great way to get an understanding of different industries.
  3. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, that is where you will learn the most about yourself.