A century of achievement 1913 - 2013
Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

David Saunders

 
David Saunders

BE (Mechanical), 2006

Project Engineer, Monadelphous Engineering Associates

It was always my goal to become a Mechanical Engineer.

The funny thing is I never had an idea of the exact role of an engineer or the diverse range of jobs available. To this day I still don’t think I know, and I still don’t know the path that my career will take. I guess that’s the beauty of it: there is so much range to choose from and your job changes from day-to-day.

After graduating I obtained a job with Monadelphous as a project Engineer in the Maintenance and Industrial Division in Kalgoorlie. There I learned the basics of project management through exposure of estimating and running jobs both in the workshop and onsite. I then moved back to Perth, still working for Monadelphous, and worked on the Chevron Project and at Barrow Island where I further grew my skills in a different environment. I am now working in Tom Price as a site engineer.

Managing shop fabrication and playing a key role in the dismantling of the old and erection of a new Matte Granulation System at the Nickel Smelter was my first career highlight. My greatest achievement was acting as project manager to install Gorgon's first temporary offices for investigative works, both safely and under budget. This was the first on-site works for the start of a multi million dollar oil and gas operation.

Working for a company which is willing to expose me to a vast range of roles and environments has allowed me to accelerate my experience and professionalism. This has played a key role in improving my confidence, knowledge and ability to adjust quickly to different situations and environments.

What advice would you give someone who is considering taking up a degree in science at UWA? Step outside your normal boundaries. Don’t always stick to the things with which you are comfortable.