Marlon is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer in our 2021 CIMIC Group Graduate cohort.
He studied mechanical engineering at QUT in Brisbane before choosing to join the CIMIC Group graduate program with UGL.
A graduate journey
Marlon began his UGL journey in Perth on an oil and gas project.
“On this rotation I joined the project controls team, which eased me into my first industry-based role. This allowed me to liaise with personnel across multiple disciplines, including mechanical, scaffolding, rigging, electrical and instrumentation, providing a broad overview and exposure to our operations. I also assisted with a turnaround event and gained an immense appreciation of the time and effort that goes into ensuring the success of such a task!”
The graduate program at UGL offers two 12-month rotations across the various lines of business. However, as Marlon’s project wrapped up in Perth early, he got the opportunity to fit two placements in the first year.
“I moved across to Queensland to another oil and gas project on Curtis Island. In this role I was a site based Project Engineer working with the Brownfield projects construction team. I was able to work side by side with our supervisors to plan, raise queries with the client, procure materials and execute the job. Part of this had me working with the quality control team assisting in developing work packs and referencing standards. Again, the exposure to different areas was a major benefit, adding civil construction works to the list.”
For Marlon’s official second rotation, he joined UGL’s transport major projects team in Brisbane.
“I’m in the process of transitioning to the mechanical design team for the fit out of a tunnel construction project in Melbourne. I’m excited to experience the design process and see how it compares with construction!”
“UGL is a diverse company with projects across a multitude of industries. Like most graduates, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to start my career, so I saw it as an opportunity to be able to experience where mechanical engineering could take me. Through the rotations I’ll get a chance to see what I what I’m good at, and where I fit best.
“I knew I would gain a great amount of experience in a very short space of time. So far, I’ve really enjoyed my time as a project engineer and project manager. It’s exciting to be able to interpret the designs, build them, and then see the final product.”
Advice for graduates
“Come in with an open mind and take advantage of the chance to ask questions to those who are more experienced than you.
“UGL really takes care of its people and provides amazing opportunities. The leaders take you under their wings; they genuinely want to help you develop professionally and see you succeed.”