People who work in Transport Engineering and Planning

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    Michael Kemsley

    Transportation Projects Engineer, Michael Kemsley at work
  • Aaron Washington

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    Nic Grgec

    Transportation Engineer, Nic Grgec at work

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  • Cedric Ropati

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    Laura Bates

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    Nick Etherton

    Transportation Engineer, Nick Etherton at work

    Jas Singh

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  • Rachel Blewden

    Transportation Engineer, Rachel Blewden at work

    Dan Beesley

    Project Manager, Dan Beesley at work

    Ruby Mak

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    Simon Prosee

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  • Brian Yip

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    Jenson Varghese

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    Richard Greatrex

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    Matthew Yu

    Engineer, Matthew Yu at work
  • Ellery Marsh

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    Justin Johnson

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    Saiful Islam

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    Martin Peat

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    Shaun Kay

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    Peter Rose

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    Traffic Systems Engineer, Kipi Wallbridge-Paea at work

    Randulah Abeysekera

    Transportation Engineer, Randulah Abeysekera at work

    Anneliese Sabrowski

    Network Engineer, Anneliese Sabrowski at work
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Matthew Yu, NZTA

Earning: Approx $50,000
In a nutshell: Working in different engineering teams as part of NZTA’s four year Graduate Development Programme.
Why? “I can help make the road network more efficient and safer for people to use.”

Pathway Rosmini College, Year 13: Calculus, Statistics, Music, Physics, English
University of Auckland: Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Civil Engineering

When he left college, Matthew Yu was offered places in music, law and engineering degrees. His father, a quantity surveyor, was in favour of a construction-related career and his music teacher also encouraged him to choose engineering “and leave music as a hobby.”

Matthew had water resources related summer jobs but was most interested in transportation engineering, so his final year papers included both water and transport topics. He’s now a graduate engineer at the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), where he rotates between different roles as part of their four year training programme.

“It’s great,” he says. “I have the opportunity to gain work experience in many different organisations in the field of transport engineering.”

Matthew is currently working on the Victoria Park Tunnel. “It’s by far the most exciting project that I’ve ever been involved with,” he says. “The Victoria Park Tunnel is a very big project involving many fields of engineering including transport, structural, water, mechanical, electrical and environmental.”

He has a site engineer role on the project, which involves checking details and liaising with work teams, surveyors and the other site engineers. He inspects before concrete is poured to make sure reinforcement details are correct, and develops solutions for engineering details such as steel reinforcement details for non-stress-bearing locations.

Part of Matthew’s job is to keep tabs on the costs of the work and work with the Quality Team when things haven’t been constructed according to the drawings. He also gives briefing talks and coordinates with the other site engineers to make sure they use resources efficiently, for example sharing concrete pumps.

Matthew says, “Working in a client organisation like the NZTA gives me a chance to provide useful inputs into projects, so that I can help contribute to making the road network more efficient and work towards safer journeys.”

Posted August 2011

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