Project Engineer, Fairfield Recycled Water Treatment Plant, Sydney
When did you join Veolia Water?
I joined Veolia Water in December 2004.
What does your current role involve?
My current role is as a project engineer for the Rosehill Recycled Water Project. I am involved in a wide variety of tasks including design review, estimating of operational expenditure and ensuring legislative compliance such as meeting the requirements of our licence under the Water Industry Competition Act. In the latter part of this year, I will also be part of a team establishing site operations, which includes physical set-up of the facilities, engagement and training of staff, procurement of the products and services from external suppliers and the establishment of systems and procedures.
What do you like most about your role?
I enjoy working on small to medium sized projects, because it gives me the opportunity to stay abreast of all aspects of the project - technical, contractual, commercial and legislative. In this case, I was also involved on the Rosehill Recycled Water Project tender, which means that by the end of 2011, I will have had the opportunity to see a project through all its phases: tender, design, construct and operations.
What are you currently working on?
From mid-2009 until at least the end of 2011, I am working full time on the Rosehill Recycled Water Project. I have managed to find some spare time to be involved in Veolia Water's pro-bono work in remote indigenous communities (insert link) as part of our community program. We hope to be able to work with the NSW Department of Health to provide technical expertise to remote indigenous communities in the areas of water and wastewater.
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
So many choices! Ideally I would split my time between writing children's books and designing sets for big budget Broadway musicals. Think Tim Burton goes to Broadway with a generous splash of Enid Blyton.
What's the best thing about living in Sydney?
I love the variety of big cities. There are so many options of restaurants, bars, plays and concerts - no need to do anything twice. And before you tell me to move to Melbourne, we've also got great weather and gorgeous beaches and harbour