Alumni profile - Steve Hare

Steve Hare

BE Civil Engineering Hons/BCom 2011
Strategic Maintenance Planner, State Water Corporation

State Water Corporation is the organisation responsible for the maintenance and operation of 20 large dams and 280 weirs and regulators across regional NSW.

My job today

My current role is heading up a project that is responsible for identifying the most cost effective and efficient levels of maintenance to apply to our assets. This has involved travel to various sites -including Wyangala Dam near Cowra, Burrinjuck Dam near Yass, and Glennies Creek Dam near Singleton - to facilitate workshops with trade and engineering staff to apply a reliability centred
maintenance approach to maintenance planning.

Why I chose my degree

After several visits to interesting building sites while in High School, and hearing about the sorts of jobs civil engineers can work in, I was attracted to the degree. Advice to me was that many engineers often end up in management, and as such I decided to combine my Engineering degree with Commerce to give me some formal training in business related fields. I chose UNSW
because of its reputation, and I enjoyed the flexibility to take different subjects that interested me later in my degree. I also really appreciated the real world examples and assignments presented in classes. Learning how to interact and deal with people from a variety of different backgrounds was also one of the most important skills I learned while at University.

My advice to current or prospective students

I strongly encourage students with an interest in science and maths to take up engineering as a career. There is a huge variety of varied roles that are available to people with an engineering degree
such as managing multimillion dollar construction projects, to maintenance planning, to inspecting dams to ensure they are safe for day to day operation.

Engineering doesn't just limit you to technical roles as I have many friends who have gained roles in finance, banking, business consulting and management. Given the current resources boom and aging engineering workforce, there is currently huge demand for engineers and this is likely to continue for some time. The varied roles and high demand means that graduating engineers should have no trouble finding a rewarding and interesting career path to follow.