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Australia / Transport / Graduate engineer

Jason Bakaric

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Jason visiting the Grand Canyon Here is Jason in one section of the vast canyon.

Effective planning and preparation is the key to success

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

Mott MacDonald offered the best chance to learn and grow through exciting projects and the wealth of experience of its people. As a civil engineer studying primarily geotechnical, structural, and transport engineering related subjects, I could not think of a better company to be a part of than one whose foundations align with my interests, ambitions, and goals. Since the days of Mott, Hay and Anderson, tunnelling has been at the forefront of Mott MacDonald’s expertise, an area which I would love to learn more about. The position of graduate engineer in Mott MacDonald’s Melbourne transport team offers the perfect opportunity to be involved in exciting projects, to experience new challenges and responsibilities, and to shape my future career.

What is the best thing about your role?

Being a growth phase division in Australia, there is constant opportunity to be a part of the most exciting projects, and to develop a diversity of knowledge across various disciplines. Diversity is important as a graduate, as it paves the way to find one’s true area of interest and to find where you best fit within the organisation. Mott MacDonald’s culture and management fully support providing opportunity and diversity for young graduates, as evidenced by my varied involvement client side, in transportation, and systems engineering projects and processes. Perhaps most exciting is my role in one of the biggest projects in the history of Melbourne, the Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel. This is all in just a a short space of time with Mott MacDonald; imagine what the future might hold!

What are the top two things you have learned whilst at Mott MacDonald?

  • Say yes and get involved – graduates shouldn’t be afraid to take on board the various opportunities they are presented with, and volunteer to get involved. This is the best way to learn and develop new skills, and have new experiences. I have learnt about areas of engineering I did not even know existed, and developed new foundations and skills which will help me long into the future. In addition to this, asking questions to your peers and searching for means to add value are supported and encouraged within the culture of Mott MacDonald, providing all the more reason to get involved!
  • Be organised and planned – as an engineering student, we are always taught that effective planning and preparation is the key to success, and are critical to our designs being safe and high-quality. It is important to write lists, ensure understanding of deadlines, and be proactive when facing difficulties to ensure the best quality outcome is achieved, and success is ensured.

How have you been supported whilst working at Mott MacDonald?

In the two years I have been working with Mott MacDonald, the friendly and inclusive culture has meant I have received continuous support from my managers and peers who are always open to questions and providing advice. I anticipate that Mott MacDonald will be fully supportive of my goal to become chartered in the near future.

What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done?

Fly in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon. I am not too fond of heights, and whilst this was a step outside of my comfort zone, it was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Where is your favourite place?

Whilst I anticipate a multitude of future travel experiences, I do love my home city of Melbourne. The people are friendly, the food and experiences are a plenty, and it is the world’s most liveable city!

What inspires you about your work?

The most inspiring aspect of my work as a civil engineer is the opportunity to develop and improve the world around me. The work that I do quite literally shapes my surroundings, and has an impact on many lives. I feel that if I perform to the best of my ability, I can be a part of improving the life and lifestyle of many people, no matter where in the world I am located.

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