Pattle Delamore Partners Graduate Profiles

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Thom Gower 

  • Environmental Engineer
  • Bachelor of Science, Master of Science (Geography and Environmental Science)

Did your career plans change as you studied?
My career plans didn't so much change as I studied, but solidified. I went into my degree with the vague idea that I wanted to do something 'sciencey' that would hopefully help the world in some way. The great thing about studying geography at UoA was the range of subjects I got to try out. As I studied I came to really enjoy physical geography and environmental science which lead me to wanting to work for an environmental consultant.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years' time?
In 5-10 years I want to still be doing interesting environmental science work, but with some higher level stuff like planning, managing/monitoring projects, developing new techniques and hopefully still getting outside regularly!

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?
My story as a student is a little different than my peers, because I came to university to study for a second career. Even though my past work involved zero science, I think it had a huge impact on my experience studying, especially on my ability to self-motivate and manage my time effectively. It also affected my attitude, because I saw the range or courses on offer not as daunting, but as an opportunity to try out a variety of potential directions and career paths.

Josh Lotter

  • Environmental Scientist 
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Civil and Environmental

Did your career plans change as you studied?
Definitely. I did come into engineering being certain that I wanted to do Civil & Environmental Engineering as I wanted to be able to make changes to the physical world we see, live, breathe and work in daily and I thought that Civil & Environmental Engineering would be the best way to do this. However, when I started, I wanted to work as a structural engineer – by the end of my final year, I was cemented in a love for water and the complexities of designing, building and maintaining the infrastructure and structures associated with its containment, treatment and reticulation. Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP) has played a massive part in this, from my internship there at the end of my third year to my full time post graduate position now, one year after finishing.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
A year ago I’d safely be able to say ‘I can see myself as an intermediate or senior engineer’, but my experiences at PDP have massively changed my expectations and ambitions. With the structure I’ve found at PDP, I can easily see myself being a senior engineer or team leader involved with not only design work but also business management and being a shareholder. One thing is for sure though, the projects that I’m going to be working on until then will continue to evolve and be extremely challenging and require more and more complex thinking, especially in this ever-changing world.

How valuable was your work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
Invaluable. My time as an intern at PDP has shaped my drive and ambitions in my final year and has directly paved the way to the awesome, challenging and extremely rewarding jobs I’ve been working on as a graduate. Whilst a lot of my friends spent their internships scanning files, getting coffee and largely being a small cog in a large system, I had my own amazing projects from geotechnical investigations in large quarries to stormwater and wastewater assessments on a Hollywood movie set. Whilst the experiences of others made them unsure about their future, I left my internship with a full time graduate role offer in hand and confirmation that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Since I started as a graduate a year ago, I have been involved in work across the whole country from assessing the systems in nine of New Zealand’s largest hydropower dams near Taupo, to designing complex pressure sewer systems and pump stations in Rotorua and finally wrapping up my first detailed design project for an industrial wastewater treatment plant in Invercargill. Not only am I certain that my work experience has shaped the way I’ve headed, I’m confident that at my level of experience, the opportunities and responsibilities I’ve been given at PDP cannot be matched by anyone else in the industry.