From a young age, Catriona Tait knew that engineering was for her.
“My grandfather was a civil engineer in Sydney and he always hoped someone in the family would continue in his footsteps. At school I enjoyed mathematics and figuring out how things work, so I decided that engineering was a great career path for me,” she says.
During her final years of study at the University of New South Wales, Catriona accepted a placement with Cardno.
“I already knew quite a lot about the company before joining – Cardno is very active at university career fairs and also sponsored our teacher vs. students sporting events, which were always lots of fun. I was excited to join the team.”
After finishing her studies, she went on to become a Graduate Engineer within the esteemed Urban Infrastructure team in Sydney.
“From the very beginning of my time with Cardno, I’ve been put to work on real projects, while also getting the technical training I need. I’ve been made to feel useful from the very beginning,” says Catriona.
She now works as part of a dynamic team of engineers, designers and drafters delivering project management and design services to a wide range of clients. The bulk of her work revolves around stormwater modelling and design for development applications of industrial and residential greenfield sites throughout New South Wales.
“Put simply, I design a system to manage the flow of water. Being involved in storm water design is a great starting point to learn more about civil design in general,” she says.
Today, Catriona is helping to deliver the storm water design for Penrith City Council’s Central Precinct Project, a major urban renewal project encompassing urban design, built form and environmental management.
The transformational project will be made up of a village centre complete with shopping facilities and regional open space, which will include a range of district-level sporting and recreational facilities, employment-generating opportunities and residential land with a capacity for 3500 new residents.
With future aspirations to become a Civil Design Engineer, she says her three favourite things about working at Cardno are “the culture, people and the interesting work that we do.”
“Everyone works as a team, keeping it fun as well as focusing on work. Mostly, I love it when a project comes together. When it all works – this is the most satisfying part of all.”
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