Sydney Water graduate program provides variety and full-time opportunities

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Isabel Copeman (centre) with environmental science colleagues Ann Azzopardi and Dane Collins. Isabel Copeman (centre) with environmental science colleagues Ann Azzopardi and Dane Collins.
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Isabel Copeman (centre) with environmental science colleagues Ann Azzopardi and Dane Collins.

Isabel Copeman (centre) with environmental science colleagues Ann Azzopardi and Dane Collins.

There’s hot competition to get into the water industry. Sydney Water’s 2015 graduate program attracted more than 1600 applicants, with 21 engineering, science, accounting and communications graduates gaining a place.

A number of participants moved to Sydney from interstate for the program, which began with a two-week induction period and will offer the graduates a number of rotations to gain experience in different areas of work.

Sydney Water, a New South Wales state government business, supplies water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to more than 4.6 million people in Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. It is Australia’s largest water utility.

Managing director Kevin Young says the graduate program is a vital way to bring in new employees and ideas. He expects many of the current participants to stay, with around 84 per cent of past graduates opting to move into full-time positions.

Isabel Copeman is one of them. She graduated with degrees in chemical engineering and science from Sydney University in 2011 and was selected for the 2012 graduate program.

Major employers of chemical engineers include water and energy companies, miners and the pharmaceutical, food processing and other manufacturing industries.

During her studies, Copeman did industry placements with global environmental solutions company Veolia, whose Australian operations include partnerships with Sydney Water and councils in New South Wales and Victoria.

“I did all sorts of things, gained some design experience and tested some resins used in water treatment … I applied for the Sydney Water graduate program because I had heard good things about it and I liked the idea of working somewhere that had the environment and the people it serves front of mind.”

Her graduate program experience featured plenty of variety: “I might be following my manager one day, visiting a treatment plant the next. It was about more than just tagging along – I was drafting reports and given real responsibility.” Part of her time was spent helping teams to develop business cases to promote their scientific ideas and gain funding for their implementation.

Her current job, as a planner in the Growth Centres Engineering Department, part of Sydney Water’s Liveable City Solutions Division, is based in Parramatta and involves defining and planning to meet infrastructure and service needs in Sydney’s south-west growth centre.

A typical day can include meetings with stakeholders – developers and other government agencies – to discuss possible engineering solutions in areas of industrial and residential growth.

“We are always trying to optimise our system and ensure that customer bills stay within CPI. It’s important to project what we need to spend on new infrastructure so it doesn’t adversely affect people,” says Copeman. Environmental considerations must also be taken into account. Copeman works closely with environmental scientists and she and her engineering colleagues at Sydney Water aim to ensure any plans for new and upgraded infrastructure have no negative impacts on the cultural and natural environment.

Applications for Sydney Water’s 2016 graduate program close on April 15. More info: sydneywater苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛

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