"I first came to Irwinconsult as a structural vacation student whilst studying in my final year at Swinburne University. The three months I spent here between semesters opened my eyes to what structural engineering, as a discipline, was all about. It was time to put the basic learning I gained at University to good use, however, I soon learnt that in the real world, the terms “black & white” did not exist. I began working on smaller tasks, asking many questions and strengthening my knowledge of the codes. From having one lecturer who would delegate their time amongst many, I now had an entire floor of experienced engineers aiding in my development. As time progressed, I became one of the graduates and with greater knowledge came greater confidence, which opened the door to larger projects and greater responsibility. Whilst dealing with stakeholders, I was able to see these larger projects through the entire design and construction phases. Along with my knowledge of the codes, I have learnt many of the software programs we use here at Irwinconsult. However, as a graduate I was always told “you must understand the codes and how buildings perform, to understand what the program is doing. Even with the programs we still have to engineer, not just enter data.” Quite similar to getting your license before you are able to drive!
I am currently working on many different projects encompassing a range of skills, including designing a link building at La Trobe Uni, taking the beautiful Arts West at Melbourne Uni through construction and upgrading the elegant Malvern Town Hall. At the moment timelines are short and the work is complex but also very rewarding. With its beautiful open office and positive work force, Irwinconsult is an inspiring place to work. So what’s next for me? Continue my work under the tutelage of Doug Wallace, who is not only a crowd favourite, but has more global experience than one can poke a stick at. When I have absorbed as much as I can at this level, I look forward to taking on new challenges, greater responsibility and advancing my career."