A Typical Day as A Graduate

“One thing is for certain, there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ day at Lindsay Dynan. My journey from undergrad to grad has been characterised by variety. This has meant everything from diversity in the type of projects I’ve worked on, the sectors I’ve been exposed to, and the offices I’ve worked in to the friendly, supportive people I’ve met.

People work hard here and tackle clients’ challenges head on, but there’s a great network of supportive experts to help you which really gives you confidence to have a go. You can find yourself on site with an opportunity to learn something new, about constructability, or project management or the client relationship side of things which you don’t really learn at uni.

I’ve found my experience at Lindsay Dynan has accelerated my learning and I feel I’m on the path to being a great engineer”.

Tim Kuzyk – Graduate Engineer


Who are our Graduates?

Colby Gallagher

Why do you like working at LD?

The variety of work – I do temp works, commercial, industrial, mining. When I first started I worked on an old bridge for ARTC, now I’m doing temp works from the Sydney office.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

You don’t get boxed in at LD – there’s great variety. I wanted to help build up the digital engineering capacity and I’ve been able to do that. I also worked here four years ago so I knew what I was coming back to. It’s a great culture.

What has been your favourite project? Why

North West Rail Line – we’ve almost finished – its very solution orientated which I like.

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

You’ve got to enjoy problem solving. Focus on good communication – it really helps.


Steve Richardson

Why do you like working at LD?

The culture! Every single staff member is easy going and has time for you and is willing to help. University tells you you’ll have to figure stuff out for yourself which is a daunting thought, but it just isn’t the case. Here you’re encouraged to ask questions. There’s a massive trust factor here – they invest in you and appreciate you.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to work on the technical side, but I have found consulting really suits me – I like problem solving. I’m really happy to go to work every day.

What has been your favourite project? Why

I like the projects where I can show initiative. Recently I have done a project where I had to take the initiative, and it was a huge personal development opportunity. Plus I got to use cutting edge technology. That was massive!

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

Don’t be nervous. Get into it early, LD is a place that can fit around your commitments – so even a small amount of work brings great learning.


Mitchell Baker

Why do you like working at LD?

It’s been flexible; people fit me in as much or as little as I could cope with given study. It’s just great to get an opportunity to learn on the job.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

Their presence through my degree was there which opened my eyes to what they were about a bit. I thought it was impressive that they give back to the industry like that. The senior people are always ready to help me – it’s just so impressive.

What has been your favourite project? Why

Fern Street Residential Apartments – I was the predominant Design Engineer – two months into working! There’s no pigeon holing at LD.

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

Just put university first because you have to get through it, get that balance right. But learning on the job is great. Ask for help when you need it – the help is always there.


Sam Buttenshaw

Why do you like working at LD?

The diversity of work, you get challenges you wouldn’t get elsewhere. There is nothing run of the mill here. You get involved in many projects and get to take them from inception to completion which is really satisfying.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

University exposure to them, and their technical expertise is what impressed me. I wanted to get a really strong technical competence under my belt – that’s why I chose to join them.

What has been your favourite project? Why

There’s been so many. But the ones that appeal to me the most are those where I am involved from the outset, working with the client, and get to see it through to completion.

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

Dive right in, get involved – but be mindful of work/life balance. There’s actually plenty of time to learn the skills you need.


Lewis Gooch

Why do you like working at LD?

One of the biggest things I was blown away by was the friendly environment. You can talk to anyone! LD accommodated my study commitments with great understanding, which was really important to me. From a technical point of view, every job has also been different. It’s still new most days so there’s always a great deal to learn.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

I had not been exposed to LD or the industry much, but I did some of their courses at university and was impressed.

What has been your favourite project? Why

There’s plenty of challenges. Load rating for bridges was a great learning opportunity, but I also owned the project – it was MY project! That was great.

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

Be confident about your abilities. Don’t be intimidated by challenges – just put your hand up! There’s a great support network at LD.


Peter Davison

Why do you like working at LD?

People are all really friendly. They’re all good at teaching.  You’re not expected to know the answer to everything. I think of them culturally as a ‘diamond in the rough’ – its brilliant. We’re all friends and do social stuff together.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

Referral through a friend who spoke highly of them.

What has been your favourite project? Why

M1 Temporary Road Design – impact on motorists.  They’ve all been new and interesting. I guess I’m always learning!

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

Working on jobs in the community you can see is kind of cool.  Over time, everything gets easier and less foreign and asking a question becomes more of a discussion.  It’s always interesting.


Walter Matthews

Why do you like working at LD?

You get exposed to a broad range of opportunities – not just typical engineering. At other places you can get stuck for six months doing one thing – here you get variety from day one and throughout. It is always interesting! For example, being on site at night has without doubt made me a better engineer.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

I knew of them from university – they’re known for their structural design. They’re the right size for me – we get to do diverse things.

What has been your favourite project? Why

So many! But probably Newcastle Light Rail. We did the temp works design which was challenging – it was so nice to be involved in a social project and then see it being built.

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

I’m very happy with how things are done at LD. There is real quality here and that’s obviously made them successful. Be keen to try anything- just say yes!


Tim Dunlop

Why do you like working at LD?

The culture. You can ask anyone anything and they’ll make the time for you, even senior people.  They don’t treat you like you know nothing and are very understanding of mistakes – they’re just opportunities to learn and help you develop.  LD does put you outside your comfort zone pretty quickly and challenge you but that just makes you learn faster.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

I wanted to be employed locally, and wanted a design firm.  I also wanted to be challenged quickly and needed a firm that was small enough so I’d be part of a real team but not so big I’d be a number.

What has been your favourite project? Why

I love the projects that make me think outside the box, where you have to find a better way of doing things like find a new construction methodology.  So many aspects are not just simple – that’s what I like.

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

Don’t be afraid to try.  Failure is just an opportunity to learn and improve. Hard work does get rewarded at LD, so put yourself out there!


Callan Beamish

Why do you like working at LD?

The work environment is very favourable. You get a wide range of projects. There are great people around you who give lots of support.

Why did you choose to work at LD?

I was very fortunate to get an offer – I did some work and got to know everyone and got integrated very quickly. It’s the people.

I’m further in my development than others I see elsewhere – LD accelerates your learning .

What advice would you give your younger self about working here and starting a career?

There’s no place I’d rather be. Introduce yourself quickly – it speeds up development. Just say yes to whatever is put in front of you. You get given great opportunities.