Northern Division Engineers Win National Awards at Pinnacles Ceremony

We caught up with two award winning engineers who lead the Northern Division, Sinead Redmond and Jacinta Kelly.
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Sinead Redmond, TMIEAust

Northern Division President and National Engineering Technologist of the Year 2020

Sinead is an accomplished leader, project manager and engineer with over 10 years of experience. She has a reputation for delivering projects across various sectors through the full lifecycle whilst achieving delivery on time, within budget and to a high standard. Since arriving in Australia six years ago, Sinead has gained invaluable experience to enhance her qualifications. She has successfully delivered multiple projects throughout the Northern Territory that have helped benefit and develop the community. She has fostered her passion for helping others into actively volunteering, demonstrated most recently with her current role as President for Engineers Australia for the Northern Territory.

What does being named National Engineering Technologist of the Year mean to you?

It’s very humbling to be recognised for doing what you love. I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing people and projects in the Northern Territory.

This award has allowed me to showcase those unique opportunities that I have worked on.

I hope this award can help influence others – particularly inspiring young people to consider a career in STEM.

What led you to pursue a career as an engineering technologist?

My parents unknowingly guided me to my career path. They both taught me about hard work; they taught me to have ambition and determination.

Along with these life lessons I learned from a young age, my father also had a construction company that fuelled my loved for construction.

Which of your recent engineering projects are you most proud of?

Recently I have been working on John Stokes Square Redevelopment. I have thoroughly enjoyed this work because of the challenges I’ve faced and the solutions I’ve bene able to create to overcome them.

What advice would you give to other young engineers starting out in their career?

In engineering, soft skills are often overlooked but they’re the characteristics that will put you ahead of others.  Networking with other young professionals in the industry is key, even through university. It helps you grow so much, you learn a lot from people and you begin to get to know the industry you will be a part of. Attend any technical, networking events possible and step outside your comfort zone. It will reward you.

 

Jacinta Kelly, MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Northern Division Deputy President and National Young Professional Engineer of the Year 2020

Jacinta is a Certified Practising Project Manager and a Chartered Professional Engineer. Her previous roles have included General Manager for Darwin construction company Kalidonis, working as a senior project manager delivering remote housing construction projects, Manager for the Transport Assets Program for the Northern Territory Government, as consulting structural engineer on a variety of commercial and industrial projects throughout the Territory, and an engineering lecturer at Charles Darwin University. She brings an enthusiastic and collaborative approach to all projects and stakeholders, with an ability to quickly identify and address key project constraints and risks.

What does being named National Young Professional Engineer of the Year mean to you?

It is an honour that pays tribute to everyone who has been a part of my journey to where I am today. Engineering is not a lone career, and none of my successes and achievements could have occurred without collaboration, enthusiasm, innovation and encouragement from a wide range of people - lecturers, managers, clients and family.

What led you to pursue a career in engineering?

I fell into it when I was studying biomedical science at university but spent time with a group of engineering students - their assignments and exams appeared far more interesting than mine, so I switched courses!

What advice would you give to other young engineers starting out in their career?

Practice the art of asking questions - not only of other engineers but of all your colleagues both internal and external to provide you with a variety of perspectives on an engineering problem. Architects, builders, suppliers and clients will give you information and ideas that you won't have thought of before and will broaden your understanding. Put your hand up to go to site visits, client meetings and project workshops and look for a variety of professional development opportunities. Push yourself to develop your communication skills - volunteer to lead meetings, give presentations, write reports and meet with stakeholders. It is invaluable for an engineer to develop their skills and experience in all directions, don't specialise in your early career. Move to a regional area where you will be naturally exposed to a greater variety of problems, projects and experiences much earlier in your career.

If you could leave one mark on the engineering profession, what would it be?

Encourage engineers to see themselves and develop themselves as more than just good estimators and technical specialists. Engineers need to understand their large circle of influence on projects and community outcomes and that their ability to communicate with stakeholders for the project lifecycle will drive an evolution of the engineering profession to be seen by our community as thought leaders, idea generators and change initiators.