New Year, New Direction for Connections Graduate

In 2017, engineering student Daniel McDonald attended a presentation at LaTrobe University in Bendigo, given by members of the Connections Project Team. Who knew that by the years end, Dan would have joined the team and the presenters would become his Connections Project colleagues?

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Upon graduating from La Trobe University with honours Dan, accepted a role as a Project Officer in the Early Contractor Involvement team. Dan put his civil engineering degree to immediate use, responsible for managing design reviews, checking figures, and overseeing elements of contract compliance with Connections Tier 1 Contractor John Holland.

“The Connections Project Team, were really welcoming and generous with their support of younger team members like myself”, reflects Dan of his early days on the team.

Over time as Dans skills and experience deepened, he transitioned into a Project Management role. In this capacity he ensured the project was constructed, commissioned, and handed over without compromising on safety, quality or environmental commitments.

“Working in the region was really important to me. I grew up in Echuca and wanted to be closer to my family. Having an opportunity to work on such a significant project in northern Victoria has been a dream start to my career,” Daniel said.

As the project draws to a close, Dan has been snapped up by a local consultancy servicing the engineering and environment sectors. “It’s been a really important project for the region and for northern Victoria – being able to stay in the region as I upskill and learn as much as I can for my future career path, it’s been a really great opportunity,” Daniel said.

When asked what the highlight of his time on Connections has been, the answer came readily.

“I’ve loved the opportunity to work within the GMID and with landowners. Its great to have been able to contribute to a successful project that’s improving and modernising the irrigation system”. “It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to provide opportunities for young people in the region to work on one of the biggest irrigation modernisation projects in Australia,” Mr Fisseler said.

The Connections Project team are grateful for the contribution of Dan and many other team members who are embarking on the next steps in their careers.

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