Jaafer Almahary, Graduate Engineer – Structural/Civil (Kaipūkaha Paetahi – Metarahi), joined WSP in January 2019 as part of the bridges team in Ōtepoti | Dunedin.
He said he wanted to start his career at WSP because the multi-disciplinary consultancy provides many internal opportunities for career progression and development of personal and technical skills.
“WSP’s regional business is strong with many regional offices providing a vast geographical coverage. A strong team in Dunedin was a crucial aspect in my decision to join WSP, and on reflection, that was the right decision to make.”
Jaafer said he enjoys being part of a small team that delivers a large array of projects. His work provides opportunity to learn and develop skills to overcome dynamic challenges, meet client requirements, and make continuous improvements in technology and processes.
Outside of his regular role, Jaafer is in leadership roles with three professional associations. He is the Dunedin Lead for Structural Engineering Society – Emerging Structural Engineers, Office Lead for Pathways, and a committee member for Transportation Group in Dunedin.
“I help facilitate events and connect our members to create a local social network for learning and sharing of knowledge.”
Jaafer tells about a day at work as a WSP Graduate:
The office is located in the centre of Dunedin and is only a 10-minute drive from home. There is an abundance of free parking, and the short walk from where I park is a relaxing and uplifting way to start the day.
I start the day in the office working on our 2020/2021 river management programme for State Highway 1 Waitaki River Bridge. The braided Waitaki River is ever-changing, shifting its pathway according to conditions, creating new islands and wetlands. I’m working on improving flow management, which is critical to protect adjacent land and the state highway connectivity between Otago and Canterbury.
It’s morning tea-time, and I’m catching up with a colleague for a round of coffee roulette. Coffee roulette is a Pathways initiative where you are randomly paired with one of your office colleagues to meet and connect on a one-to-one basis over coffee. It provides an opportunity to improve individuals’ understanding of each discipline within our multi-disciplinary office, to highlight potential cross-discipline opportunities, and get to know your colleagues better.
I am headed to the Beaumont Bridge on State Highway 8 to carry out a special inspection. The 1887 bridge is one of only a few wrought iron bridges still operating on our State Highway network. It provides an important link, connecting Dunedin with Central Otago and Queenstown.
I have my regular Thrive meeting with my manager. This is an opportunity for me to discuss my goals, including obtaining my CPEng and becoming a certified bridge inspector. Using our platform Thrive, I am able to continuously track the progress of my goals, which helps with my performance and career development.
My workday is over, and it’s time for Badminton! It’s a great way to stay active and keep blood moving after a busy day at work.