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Madeline Walkington

Project Engineer
Manage and coordinate the day to day operations of multi-million dollar construction projects
Industry
Construction and infrastructure
Company
BMD
Job Level
Mid
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About me

  • International Experience

As a graduate in civil engineering there almost feels like an infinite number of career pathways you can head down. For me, our compulsory work experience took me to the Goyder River, in outback Northern Territory, where I lived and worked out of a camp, got hands on experience operating machinery and finished most days with a team dip in the nearby river crossings. This is where I decided civil construction was the right fit for me.  

Upon graduating, I moved from my hometown in Adelaide to Canberra where I started my engineering career. After two years I relocated to Brisbane, QLD where I now work as a project Engineer in the sunny state.

About my role

  • Focused
  • Innovative
  • Logical
  • Reliable
  • Thorough

A Project Engineer reports into a Senior Project Manager. This role oversees all aspects of project delivery including:

  • meeting with clients to ensure their expectations and requirements are being met
  • identifying potential design clashes or issues, and implementing solutions 
  • managing subcontractors including procuring quotes, negotiating packages and scheduling works 
  • sourcing all materials required
  • tendering for new projects
  • managing program and financial targets 
  • quality assurance management and coordinating inspections and testing 
  • stakeholder and traffic management -  liaising with clients and the local community
  • ensuring safety and environmental compliance including all required documentation satisfies the company, client and legislative requirements.

As a civil engineer each day you’re adapting to the new challenges on hand and working with your team to deliver a project safely, on time and to a budget. 

Truly no day is ever the same!

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Education

  • Year 12 High School Certificate
  • Bachelor of Civil & Structural Engineering (Hons)
  • Certificate IV in Safety Leadership (WHS) – Construction

Awards

  • BMD Dare Award for Excellence Winner

Hobbies

  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Surfing
  • Travel

Pets

  • Chickens

15 year old me!!

“Everything is what you make of it – say yes to new experiences, challenge yourself daily and surround yourself with good people!”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Studied Civil & Structural Engineering in Adelaide
  2. Did uni exchange in Calgary, Canada
  3. Landed first job as a grad in Canberra
  4. Moved to Brisbane as a site Engineer
  5. Currently working as a Project Engineer in SEQ

My employer

BMD is a national group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development for clients and partners in the urban development, transport infrastructure and resources and energy sectors. Since 1979, BMD has employed a relationship based business model founded on certainty, collaboration and performance. With approximately 1700 staff throughout Australia, BMD has the resources and experience to deliver projects ranging in size from $1 million to over $1 billion.