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Westmead project great foundation for rewarding career

17 April 2018
From university to major hospital redevelopment
Graduates from the Schools of Electrical and Information Engineering and Civil Engineering have been awarded graduate positions with Multiplex Constructions working on building a major new hospital at Westmead.

Cynthia Cui, Electrical and Information Engineering graduate at Multiplex site.

Last year, global contractor Multiplex was awarded the contract to build the state-of-the-art facility. 

The new hospital building is currently being built as part of the $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment – the state’s biggest health infrastructure project. The University is a founding partner in the project and 1.5 central floors will form the ‘home’ of the University of Sydney at Westmead.

As part of the contract, Multiplex developed a program for local graduates to work on the project – 4 out of 5 placements were awarded to University of Sydney graduates.

This exciting project is one of the state’s largest hospital redevelopments which also includes two new emergency departments and additional training and research facilities.

Included in the plan is a new NSW Infectious Disease unit and Cardiac Care Centre and upon completion will be one of the best in Australia.

Four graduates who have come from the Schools of Civil Engineering and Electrical and Information Engineering commenced the program in January.

‘My degree as a whole has helped me to learn how to think laterally and learn things quickly and understand how to perform a task quickly and efficiently.'
Jeff Che, Civil Engineering graduate
Cynthia Cui

The graduates have gone on rotation through various departments such as safety and environmental, quality assurance, document control, site management, design, services and contracts administration.

Cynthia Cui, a recently graduated electrical engineer, is currently on the safety and environment rotation, which is about implementing the safety procedure and keeping the incidents and near misses to ‘zero’.

As well as a solid theoretical knowledge of the electrical system, Cynthia’s degree provided her with the skills for daily tasks such as communication, time management, research, problem solving and team work, all which she believes are indispensable in her current role.

After finishing the graduate program, Cynthia plans to become a services engineer and work with the team to look after all aspects of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, fire, vertical transport – and medical gas if it is a hospital – within a building during the design and construction period.

Longer term, Cynthia wants to pursue a career as a project manager in the construction industry and work on large-scale infrastructure projects.

*Ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for Graduate Employability, QS Ranking 2017 and 2018.

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