"Since starting at Irwinconsult in 2012, I have had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects at various stages, from conceptual design through to Construction phase. The work has always been engaging and challenging, providing me the opportunity to grow and improve. I have found the company to have a strong focus on development. I have been sent to various external training seminars, attended internal training sessions with multiple disciplines to further develop my skill set and been provided with access to continuous peer and mentor support.
Irwinconsult has a great work culture, with a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie amongst the workforce. The open plan office builds upon this culture, making the workplace an environment conducive to learning and working. Quick exchanges and technical discussions pool the experience and knowledge of the group allowing the engineers to quickly tackle complex problems and this facilitates deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Having started in the company as a Graduate Engineer, a strong mentoring and support network has been invaluable towards my development. The senior staff have always been friendly, approachable and encouraging, providing invaluable advice backed by their many years of experience in the industry."
"I completed three months of vacation work with Irwinconsult during university, and was offered a position as a graduate structural engineer beginning in 2015. Since starting, I have been involved in the design of multiple types of projects which have both challenged and exposed me to a wide range of structural engineering aspects.
I enjoy assisting senior engineers with their projects and in turn, receiving invaluable mentoring and guidance. At Irwinconsult, we are encouraged to ask questions and I have found that people are always willing to help me with any problems I have. Being in close proximity to senior and associate engineers means I have access to a wide range of knowledge and experience. I love that every day is different, and every task combines problem solving, theoretical understanding and practical considerations. In addition to learning from my colleagues, Irwinconsult also provides us with the opportunity to attend technical seminars and training in computer software programs.
On top of being a great start to my engineering career, Irwinconsult also has a social culture that extends outside work hours. Lunchtime is full of friendly banter and Friday night involves a few drinks around the pool table. There are frequent social activities and opportunity to join team sports. I really enjoy playing in the company social netball team every Wednesday night, which has been great for forming new friendships and developing my team work skills."
"Entering into Irwinconsult as a vacation student was a difficult yet highly beneficial experience. Two years down the track as a graduate engineer, it never ceases to amaze me how this job challenges everyone so consistently.
The need for constant learning is evident throughout the office on a daily basis, which makes the workplace extremely enjoyable. Throughout the first year of employment, this was the first thing I noticed. At times, there would be senior engineers asking design engineers for their two cents on theory and the codes to further develop their understanding. Everyone is therefore comfortable in their own ability and wanting to further develop as an engineer.
Further to technical requirements of the workplace, social events at Irwinconsult regularly organised. This is organised by not only the Social Club, but everyone in the office helping out in their area of interest. This was evident through the Super Sprint Corporate Triathlon, which developed into a group that continues to train at lunch times."
"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."
"I completed my Engineering degree at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in the United States in 2013. I had lived in Alaska for 4 and a half year studying and playing for the college basketball team.
Upon completion, I moved to Ballarat, a little closer to my hometown of Melbourne. I worked in Ballarat for two years for a land development/civil construction company in the Construction Management team. After two years, I decided that it was time to push my boundaries technically. I’d had some fantastic exposure to the project management and construction side of the industry but had seen little of the technical aspects of engineering.
With my shift to Irwinconsult, came a shift in engineering discipline. From Civil construction, I started as Graduate Engineer in the Structural team.
In the Irwinconsult office there is a wealth of knowledge covering numerous aspects of engineering and construction. The experience in this office is something that I will never take for granted. I am constantly trying to soak up as much information as I can to help develop my own skillset and learn from some of the best in the industry.
There are regular social club events and at the end of each month we all get together to hear the company updates. Personally, I believe that Irwinconsult do a tremendous job of keeping all the employees in the loop in regards to the status of current and upcoming projects."