Building a nation with infrastructure jobs

Infrastructure propels a critical cycle in the development of a country. The growing population needs new infrastructure to support it, which, in turn, must be sustained by more skilled workers. In Australia, infrastructure activities have reached a crescendo, as the sector soars on the wings of new government investments and the ever-growing demand for better transport systems in major cities.

According to Wayne Eaton and Chris Aarons, infrastructure specialists and Senior Consultants at Bayside Personnel, there are currently numerous large-scale projects underway around the country, which keeps investment within Australia and provides an extensive range of employment opportunities in the industry.

Multiple disciplinary projects require a huge amount of manpower and coordination to be successful.

Changing Australia’s structural landscape

As more and more people convene in Australia’s cities, the stability and smooth running of the regions depends on significant infrastructure developments to supply the urban population with the facilities it needs. Eaton and Aarons point out that insufficient structural resources can place significant strain on the movements within cities.

“The civil and transport infrastructure in many major cities are at capacity and with Australia’s continuing growth in population there is major demand on our transport and infrastructure assets,” said Mr Eaton.

“The government has committed to invest large amounts of capital in order to get people to and from the major cities and also ease daily congestion within these cities. This increase in government spending will also encourage more people to live and work in major cities, which in turn stimulates the economy and drives growth,” added Mr Aarons.

In addition to the economic advantages of large infrastructure projects, they also have other important effects on the outlook of urban areas.

“They are used by thousands of people each year and they change the landscape of the city,” noted Mr Aarons. “More often than not, these multi-disciplinary projects require a huge amount of manpower and coordination to be successful.”

The consultants reveal that involvement in large projects can also be very satisfying for those working in the infrastructure industry.

“Design Engineers enjoy the challenges of working on the most complex projects in order to innovate and push the boundaries of what’s possible from an engineering sense,” said Mr Aarons.

“It can also be extremely satisfying to see the culmination of years of hard work once a project is complete.”

Having adequate transport infrastructure is vital for a variety of industries.Having adequate transport infrastructure is vital for a variety of industries.

How to answer the call

According to Eaton and Aarons, there are a range of positions available for those looking to develop their careers in this thriving sector.

“Opportunities are currently available within the transport, infrastructure and construction sectors, including roads, rail, bridges, tunnels and light rail. High demand currently exists in most major cities for Civil, Highways, Drainage and Rail Engineers; Structural, Bridge and Tunnel Engineers; Project Managers and Construction professionals,” they said.

Despite this, they emphasise that non-technical abilities and a proven track record in large-scale projects will be compelling assets for jobseekers looking to secure an infrastructure job.

“Aside from having strong technical knowledge and capability, having a positive attitude and passion towards the work would be one of the most important qualities employers look for,” said Mr Eaton.

The pair advise candidates to keep their skills up-to-date, maintain a positive rapport with previous employers, and be open about their expectations for a new position. In doing so, they will be able to unlock the opportunity to play a vital role in building Australia’s future.