Our director, Greg, talks with Jordan Redburn, one of our 2018 graduates, about his journey at Powerplant so far, the challenges, highlights and how he hopes to contribute to our industry in the future.
Read the interview transcript below.
- What is it about Powerplant that enticed you to apply for the graduate program?
The opportunity to rotate through numerous roles and departments to broaden my area of knowledge. It gave me the best chance to find a position within the company that suited both Powerplant an myself.
- Was the program as you expected coming in to Powerplant?
The rotation section of the program was just as expected. The chance to take control and responsibility really surprised me.
- Tell us a little about each vocation where you spent your time?
Public Lighting – Worked on VESI AS3000 and VicRoads work. Had a chance to complete spacing calcs, luxe plots, NST, etc.
Project Management – Completed time responsible for Major Project delivery.
URD – Design supply of new greenfield lots.
Asset Relocation – Both underground and overhead including surveying.
- What have you enjoyed most about the program?
Flexibility to direct my learning and being given sufficient time to develop skills. Learning is always encouraged.
- What achievement have you been most proud of over the past 24 months?
The first grad project implemented was an audit app. I was able to gain a great understanding of the construction issues presented onsite. It also enabled me to create something that made a lasting impression on the business.
- What has been your biggest challenge through the program?
Being a consultant and understanding external roles, responsibilities and requirements. Dealing with different needs through Authorities, Councils or Developers can be tough.
- You had to deliver a project as part of the program, tell us a little about that.
The audit app was a highlight, but I also created an Asset Catalogue which is used throughout the business to enable continuity and clarification in what we discuss as engineers.
- Did you find the mentoring program beneficial?
This was great. It gave me time to reflect on what we had learnt and how I was progressing. It also gave me a friendly face to answer any queries.
- What’s next for you? Do you have a 5-year plan regarding where you want to be and what you want to be doing?
I plan to complete a PM Diploma, advance into AIPM Accreditation then hopefully become a Team Leader.