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Australia / Buildings / Senior structural engineer

Max Kraus

Max with 'Florence', one of Sydney Metro's four tunnel boring machines
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Max with 'Florence' the tunnel boring machine 'Florence' is one of Sydney Metro's four tunnel boring machines.

"There is a philosophy in Mott MacDonald of always aiming to progress and raise the levels of knowledge amongst technical staff"

Why did you decide to join Mott MacDonald?

Having crossed paths with Mott MacDonald during my years living in the United Kingdom a decade ago, I knew that Mott MacDonald in Australia would be a company involved in some of the highest profile and challenging projects around the country. I think most engineers aspire to work on the biggest and best things around and you certainly get the feeling at Mott MacDonald that the industry thinks highly of the company, our brand, and what it stands for.

What is the best thing about your role?

The opportunity to interact, collaborate and learn from a wide variety of professionals in all areas of the engineering profession.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

It’s very much a culture of excellence with people who are genuinely passionate about what they do. There is a philosophy in Mott MacDonald of always aiming to progress and raise the levels of knowledge amongst technical staff, particularly around the area of graduate mentoring.

How has your career progressed at Mott MacDonald?

My career has progressed to the point where my superiors have full confidence in me that I can lead a large design team in complex transport and infrastructure engineering projects.

How many years have you worked for Mott MacDonald, and what has been your proudest achievement to date?

I have worked for Mott MacDonald for four years now and my proudest achievement to date would be leading a team of over 50 people on the design of Sydney’s first new Metro rail stations. What makes this project special to me is that whilst many people on the team have come from all over the world to work on the project, the railway tunnel passes directly under an area of Sydney that is my childhood home. So I am literally working on an international rail project in my own back yard, which is a once in a lifetime event.

What is your favourite pastime?

My favourite pastime is golf, where I am trying to turn a 17 handicap into something lower, which takes time and patience. With a young family, the opportunity to play these days is a little more restricted, however when I do get the chance to practice or play it provides me with a way of clearing my mind of any stress or worries I may have. Golf is a game that requires you to continue to improve and I enjoy the challenge of working on and improving areas of my game by observing and emulating the good things that the pro's do.

Where is your favourite place?

My favourite place is Bronte Beach in Sydney as it was a place I was taken to from a very young age to swim and I still visit the ocean pool there regularly today. As a beach and a suburb, it has hardly changed since the 1980’s.

What inspires you at work?

I am inspired by the feeling you get when you genuinely solve a problem which initially presented itself as too daunting. I have learnt that solutions to problems are always there. You just need to remain calm and persevere.

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