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Personal Views

Our five core values of Safety & Sustainability, Integrity & Courage, Client Focus, Collaboration and Innovation capture in words the spirit of UGL and what we stand for.

But what is it really like to work here and what makes UGL a great place to work?

Jarrod Davidson

Project Manager - Capital Works

Did you have a ‘life’ before UGL and what did you do?
I worked at a Construction Consultancy Company and was finishing my Civil Engineering Degree.

What attracted you to the role with UGL?
I had the immense pleasure of being offered a project manager position by the Portfolio Manager of the NSW Police Contract due to my contracted work with UGL.


Who is your ‘boss’, what is their title and what do they do?

I work under the Minor Works Program Manager, Capital Works for the NSW Police Contract.

What is your department at UGL and what do they do?
I work for UGL's Property Services business, DTZ where we provide major and minor capital works projects. As part of this service we build new police stations and undertake all maintenance and minor works at all Police Stations within NSW.

Are you working on a project team or work within one of our offices or corporate functions?
What is the name of your project?
NSW Police Contract

What other roles/jobs have you had with UGL and what did you do?
I have not had any other position within UGL so far, however I am always happy to help other people and my team mates if they need it on their projects or any technical related issue.

What are you responsible for at UGL?

  • To perform my duties for the company to the best of my ability and knowledge
  • Act in the best interests of the company at all times
  • Take all practical steps to ensure the health and safety of myself and all persons I work with and that work for me at the company
  • Develop and manage projects throughout the entire project management life cycle from concept to handover.
  • Ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget
  • Client liaison
  • Provide engineering solutions to client
  • Provide value for money for client

Do you do anything else in your role outside the ‘scope’ of your normal job function?

  • Undertake project scheduling for major works
  • Microsoft software technology
  • On call 24/7 to ensure projects run smoothly and provide information/advise anytime

What are the main benefits to your role?
Diversity and challenges of each project and a clear career path.

What excites you about your role?
Travelling and meeting new people, learning about my industry, past, present, and future.

What are the challenges in your role?
Providing the best engineering solution whilst having to ensure the solution provides the best value for money for the client. Ensuring all practical solutions have been considered.

- Are they exciting?
Yes as every solution will be different as every project site is different.

- How does this motivate you?
It provides me motivation to continue to keep in touch with the engineering industry to understand and learning about any new technologies which can be integrated into our client’s sites to provide the best solution for the client. This is done through continuous education which I undertake through the Institute of Engineers Australia.

How does this help the ‘team’ you work with?
I am able to pass on any new ideas which I have learnt to my team to potentially use on similar projects. I am able to assist team members in providing alternative solutions for their projects.

What training have you undertaken to do you role, either internally or externally?
I attend seminars through Engineers Australia on a regular basis. I will start my Masters in Engineering Management this year.

If you had to recommend your role and UGL to someone, what would you tell them?
Provides the ability to undertake the entire project life cycle of a project.

What are the people like at UGL and how would you describe them?
Over all people here are very friendly and very approachable. There is a vast wealth of expertise and knowledge within the company and for those eager to learn there are plenty of opportunities.
Is there anything else that you would like to do with UGL? Aspirations for a new role/function?
I would like to travel with UGL overseas and work on contracts overseas.

What are your plans for the next 12 months? 
For example, are you working on any exciting projects and if yes, can you tell us about them? If not, have you worked on any in the past that you would like to tell us about?
Plans are to try to gain an opportunity to work overseas with UGL.

Would you like to tell us about your family, friends and what you like to do when you’re not busy at work? Do you have any crazy hobbies, skills, sports you love to play and watch, favourite pastime?
In my spare time I live at the gym, however I am also an active member of the Australian Defence Force Reserves which take up the remainder of my time.

 


DOSSIER 

NAME

Jarrod Davidson

JOB TITLE

Project Manager - Capital Works

DIVISON

DTZ

SERVICE PERIOD

2 years

LOCATION

40 Miller Street, North Sydney

 

 

Aritra Chakravarty

Graduate Electrical Engineer

Did you have a ‘life’ before UGL and what did you do?

Before UGL I worked for a Mining Services Company in the South Coast as a Graduate Electrical Engineer. I managed and delivered projects overhauling underground mining High Voltage and Low Voltage switchgear.

What attracted you to the role with UGL?

In my previous company I was managing projects which were much smaller in scale and complexity. An engineering role with UGL meant exposure into the big leagues of projects. I was attracted to the sheer scale of the projects, the variety of career opportunities and getting mentored by experienced engineers.

Who is your ‘boss’, what is their title and what do they do?

I work under the Chief Electrical Engineer of the Technology Systems. He leads and manages the team of electrical engineers towards achieving the business deliverables for the Tunnel Systems group.

What is your department and what do they do?

I am part of the Tunnel systems department which falls under the UGL Rail. We are specialised in design and construction of the mechanical & electrical services / processes for both road and rail tunnels in and outside of Australia.

Are you working on a project team or work within one of our offices or corporate functions? 
What is the name of your project?

I am currently working in the Digital Train Radio System (DTRS) project for Railcorp.

What other roles/jobs have you had with UGL and what did you do?

As part of the graduate program I have had 3 rotations so far. The first rotation lasted a year working as a Tunnel design Engineer in the DTRS project where I was responsible for producing design packages for underground tunnel station sites. The second rotation was for 8 months as a Graduate Commissioning Engineer for the Beaconsfield 330/132kV substation upgrade project carrying out testing and commissioning activities on site. I am in my third rotation back into the DTRS project where I am currently part of the commercial team assisting with contracts administration.

What are you responsible for at UGL?

I am responsible for delivering the objectives of my role in each project safely and in a timely fashion. The objectives mostly fall under the electrical design and project management category.

Do you do anything else in your role outside the ‘scope’ of your normal job function?

My current rotation within the commercial team of the DTRS project requires me to do work in a different field than my normal job function as a design electrical engineer. The scope of my role here falls under the contracts management territory which I am doing for the first time. Here I am having deep exposure to the commercial aspect of a project which I think is a very useful experience.

What are the main benefits to your role?

The main benefit of my role as a Graduate Engineer is the learning experience that UGL has to offer.

What excites you about your role?

Being challenged and working with smart and engaged people helps me grow professionally and personally.

What are the challenges in your role?

The main challenge that I have faced in this role is developing the working knowledge necessary to deliver the objectives under time constraint. As I rotated through different projects I had to understand new standards or theories in practice often on the go which is not always easy. Fortunately, if I had questions there were always people to answer them or at least bounce back ideas to help understand the concept.

Are they exciting?

The challenges become more and more exciting every year as I go through different projects. Each project comes with its own learning curve and its own dynamics with the client. The more I am doing the more interesting the work becomes!

How does this motivate you?

Each project I have worked on has been different. The necessary learning curve at the start of each rotation so I can perform in each project has always motivated me to be focused at my job till the end. As an engineer I am responsible for my tasks and other people depend on it. This keeps me going.

How does this help the ‘team’ you work with?

I have always tried to pull my own weight myself. Continuous learning and preparation for each task has always helped me help achieve my team’s goals. Sometimes I have done it successfully and sometimes I have asked for help when I needed it. At the end of each task when I saw the last in the list of tasks has been ticked off, it has always given me great pleasure knowing that I have done it or helped doing it.

What training have you undertaken to do you role, either internally or externally?

I have had internal training on AS/NZS 3000 and externally I have had training on Autocad, Powertools, Arc flash, Earth Grid Analysis and maintaining electrical equipment in hazardous areas.

If you had to recommend your role and UGL to someone, what would you tell them?

If anyone was contemplating a similar role with UGL I would tell him/her that it is a good place to grow and Graduate Role is a great place to start. People here are friendly and helpful. Most importantly they will help you get to the place you want.

What are the people like at UGL and how would you describe them?

Some of the best people I know are people who work here. Some of my colleagues are exceptionally talented and driven people and it is a privilege to work alongside them.

Is there anything else that you would like to do with UGL? Aspirations for a new role/function?

I would like to continue developing myself professionally. Eventually I would like to be in a position where I can contribute in more business oriented decisions.

What are your plans for the next 12 months?

Next 12 months is going to be very busy because DTRS project is going to ramp up in construction activities. Outside of work I have interests in further tertiary studies, so it will be an exciting year endeavoring to manage it all.

Would you like to tell us about your family, friends and what you like to do when you’re not busy at work? Do you have any crazy hobbies, skills, sports you love to play and watch, favourite past time?

I made some good friends at work and some from my university days. When we are not busy we hang out, sometimes go camping, and generally tend to have fun. I like playing ping pong, cricket and tennis.

 


DOSSIER 

NAME

Aritra Chakravarty

JOB TITLE

Graduate Electrical Engineer

DIVISON

DTRS

SERVICE PERIOD

2 years

LOCATION

54 Miller Street, North Sydney

 

 

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