Kevin Liu

Meet Mitchell Vranjes at the virtual 2020 CDES STEM Careers Expo!

Kevin Liu

  • Structural Engineer - Mitchell Vranjes
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?

Not really. I have enjoyed every aspect that the civil department has provided. I set my mind on becoming a structural engineer after completing my first year of study in engineering school. I remembered talking to a structural engineer in one of the careers events hosted by the university, and recall the gentleman saying, "there is nothing more satisfying than when you drive past a building that you designed yourself." This lead me to think that maybe I'd try my hand at consulting as a structural engineer. I ended up pursuing structure as electives in my final year of studies, and now work as a consultant in a structural engineering firm.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?

CPEng for sure. I think a strong technical background is a foundation for a professional engineer. I would also like to see myself be a lead designer/project manager of a high-end project.

How valuable was your internship OR work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?

I first heard about Mitchell Vranjes (MV) at the CDES STEM Career Expo. I had a chat with Karen at the booth, and the conversation lead to interviews and ultimately a job! Now that I look back on my experience, migrating from the university towards a work place is quite challenging. You start to realise your transcript is only a license that indicates you are a competent learner. When I first started, I felt like I was thrown in the deep end, but fortunately, I was surrounded by people who knew how to swim. I started as an intern at Mitchell Vranjes in September, while in my third year of study. I worked part-time during my study, and full-time over semester breaks. I was exposed to quite a diverse variety of work during my intern period, some of which I had learnt in class, and some I had yet to learn in my final year. Having this opportunity to work and study simultaneously gave me a better appreciation of the purpose of what I was learning in school. I started to see how each chapter in the coursebook connected to the world of work. This definitely gave me a head start, even comparatively to friends in other larger firms, and I will be forever grateful.