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Ivan Fernandez, Fletcher Construction
|Earning:||$65,000 - 80,000|
|In a nutshell:||Managing construction projects to ensure they are safely completed according to specifications, on time and within budget.|
|Why?||“I get to interact with a wide range of people and combine practical and technical know-how to resolve construction challenges. And I get a great sense of satisfaction transforming designs on paper into reality.”|
Pathway Hornby High School, Year 13: Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics and English
University of Canterbury: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Civil Engineering
With a childhood fascination for construction and big machinery such as diggers, cranes and concrete mixers, it’s no surprise that Ivan Fernandez has found himself involved in large infrastructure and commercial building projects.
“Back then I wanted to be a typical Bob the Builder,” he says. “Then at high school I realised that I had a talent for maths and physics. A bit of research showed me that I could step up and use those skills in construction as a civil engineer.”
“I love my job because I get to interact with a wide range of very interesting people and I enjoy resolving construction challenges. I get a great sense of satisfaction from seeing things on paper being transformed into reality right in front of me.”
One of Ivan’s favourite projects has been the $160 million New Lynn rail trench and station in West Auckland, which he first worked on as a summer intern at Fletcher Construction.
“From day one, I was involved in piling operations. The challenge was to plan the operation of crawler cranes and piling rigs and make sure that my construction sequences and material deliveries were timed right to avoid conflicting with other works happening at the same time in the tight 14 m wide construction corridor. And all this done without disrupting or threatening the safety of trains on the track and the general public immediately beside the construction site.”
After finishing his degree, he took up a graduate position with Fletcher Construction. “It was really interesting to come back [to the same project where he first worked as a summer intern] and see just how much had changed in less than a year,” he says. “And I always feel a great sense of satisfaction, achievement and pride when I walk by the completed rail trench, knowing that I played a part in its construction. It’s increased the safely and efficiency of road and rail journeys, and helped revitalise the social and economic development of the nearby town centre.”
Ivan says that to be a construction engineer you need enjoy analysing how things work, have good problem-solving and planning skills, be flexible and decisive in making logical decisions often on the spot and under pressure and be able to get on with all sorts of people.
And he says: “The sky is the limit to expressing your creative talent in construction. There’s really no one right way of doing things but some ways are better, more efficient and cost-effective than the others.”
Posted February 2012