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Ronit Better

Sustainability Engineer
I work on buildings to ensure sustainable aspirations and pathways are applied and utilised.
Industry
Construction and infrastructure
Company
Aurecon
Job Level
Entry
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About me

  • International Experience

Throughout school I always loved maths and science while having a want to make the world a better place. It came to choosing my university course and I felt medicine made the most sense. My grandfather and mum always told me that I would love Engineering, but I could never really understand it or see myself in the field. After consideration I realised Medicine may not be the right career for me, I changed my course to Engineering and Biomedical Science. I instantly loved engineering and knew it was the right choice for me.

I always stood out in my course and was so different to my peers, but it worked in my favour as I was unique and shared an individual perspective. Throughout my course I did a semester abroad in the US and had both career related and non-career related jobs. I found a passion for the environment and decided that was going to be my way of having a career that has a positive impact on the world. 

About my role

  • Imaginative
  • Personable
  • Practical
  • Resourceful

The role of a Sustainability Engineer is to work with internal and external design teams, clients, and stakeholders to develop and implement sustainability aspirations in projects. Commonly sustainability performances are benchmarked, and the team utilises sustainability rating tools in the planning, design and construction and operation phases. The team has many roles ranging from using different modelling and management techniques to facilitating workshops.

This role collaborates with diverse and inclusive teams across geographies and markets, applies skills to reimagine engineering and design a better future, and works alongside industry leading professionals, mentors, and peers.

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Education

  • High School Certificate
  • Cert II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Awards

  • Dean’s Honours list 2020

Hobbies

  • Beach adventures
  • Boxing
  • Netball
  • Seeing family and friends
  • Travel

Pets

  • 1 Dog

15 year old me!!

“If you will it, it is no dream. Nothing is off limits and you just need to keep trying and persevering. Don’t ask “can I do this?”, ask “how can I make this happen?”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Took a gap year to complete a 10-month leadership program abroad
  2. Changed my University course to Engineering in addition to my Biomedical science studies
  3. Landed my first professional job as an engineering intern
  4. Studied a semester abroad in the US
  5. Landed graduate job at Aurecon where I have flexibility and support to grow, learn & make change

My employer

At Aurecon, we are proud to champion female graduates and leaders who are making an impact in the science, technology and engineering industries. In 2021, we were honoured to be recognised as the only Australian company on the Fortune Change the World List and Australasia’s Most Innovative Company by the Australian Financial Review in 2020. We believe it’s time to design a world where people and the planet can flourish together. We’re taking action to bring environmentally friendly ideas to life, and we want unconventional thinkers and dedicated doers like you to help change the world with us. Aurecon is an international design, engineering and advisory company that brings ideas to life to create a better future for people and the planet.