Meet Joe – An RCC Cadet

The future of our industry is bright in the hands of talented cadets, like Joe

Joe joined our RCC family as a Cadet last year after impressing our Newcastle team with his passion and industry insight. Now in his 4th year of a Construction Management degree with the University of Newcastle, Joe met with our team after receiving the 2020 RCC Indigenous Scholarship for Construction and Civil Engineering.

Now, almost 6 months into his Cadet Program rotation, Joe is embracing the opportunity to gain diverse industry experience and consider his future career path with RCC;

“I love the uniqueness of the industry. There is always something new every day, whether it’s trying to learn the drawings, sequence logically, design changes or setting out.
I enjoy being part of such an engaging industry. It requires high-level problem-solving and the end result is something everyone can be proud of”.

Joe Rinkin, Cadet

 

RCC Construction Manager, Matt Ware said he was impressed and humbled after meeting Joseph to congratulate him on receiving the scholarship last year;

I was privileged to have the opportunity to meet Joseph and to offer him a role at RCC. Joe is a professional and engaging young student, who was not only passionate about his career in construction, but also insightful about the challenges and innovations ahead for the industry.
Having the honour of meeting such enthusiastic students and offering them an opportunity to join this industry is so rewarding. As a senior member of the RCC team im proud to play a role in supporting the next generation and the future of our industry

Matt Ware, Construction Manager

 

Being able to give back to our local community and support students who will one day lead our industry is important to RCC. Our Cadet Program has a long-standing history at RCC and has produced many of our senior leaders. Our team now feel privileged to maintain this legacy, providing opportunity, mentoring and hands on experience to our cadets who are the future of our business and industry.

 

RCC’S CADET PROGRAM

The 2 year program is designed to provide students with hands on experience, mentorship and a broad introduction to the industry. The rotational program introduces cadets to the various aspects of construction, giving each individual the necessary foundations for their career, and allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their chosen direction.  The core structure of the program includes rotations through contract administration, site supervision, engineering and estimating to give cadets a well-rounded understanding of RCC and the industry.

Keen to start your career in construction?

Are you currently in your 2nd or 3rd year of a Construction Management, Engineering and Architecture degree and interested in starting your career whilst you study?

RCC Cadet Program applications are now open. Apply via RCC’s website:  Building Cadets 

Applications close Friday 5th of February 2021.

 

 

Meet Mo – He Loves His Job

In celebration of being awarded the 10th Best Place to Work in Australia by Great Place to Work, RCC has interviewed 10 employees who love their job. RCC is honoured to have such passionate employees who jumped at the opportunity to share what they do, and why they love it.

 

Meet Mohommed Dunia. Mo’s journey with RCC began just over 2 years ago when he joined us as a cadet.

As a Construction Management student, Mo undertook a Cadetship with RCC to access paid employment and gain practical industry experience early in his degree. Mo Says that the rotational program structure across various roles in the business allowed him to better understand his strengths and interests before deciding on his chosen career path.

“Doing the RCC cadetship meant I had the opportunity to rotate between engineering, design, estimating and planning and contract administration. I initially wanted to be a Site Engineer but after working as a Contract Administrator on our Quartet project in Lane Cove, I knew that’s what I loved.

I have had other roles in the industry, and I like that RCC view cadets differently. They really care about and invest in you.”

Mo told us that for a university student starting his degree, the opportunity to gain broad industry exposure in such an immersive way helped him acquire the diverse skills needed to pursue a long-term career in construction, which is just one reason he loves his job.

It made us proud to hear that our varied program structure allows the future leaders of our business to make informed career decisions and ensures they are well rounded in whatever particular role they choose to pursue.

“The exposure I gained in my cadetship means I now have an understanding of estimating and engineering and I bring this knowledge to my role as a Contract Administrator on every project. For you to be successful in any one position, whether it’s CA, Site Engineer or Estimator you need to understand the other roles and their function and outcomes.
Doing the cadetship gave me the confidence to do things without second guessing myself.”

Within two and a half years, Mo progressed from a Cadet to a confident and capable Contract Administrator. Now working on the iconic Walsh Bay Arts Precinct project on Sydney Harbour, Mo brings an infectious enthusiasm to the job – something he says is a reflection of how supportive his team is of him and his goals as a young professional in the industry;

“I love RCC because at the end of the day, we’re all working together. Once you get the work done you can enjoy the successes with your team.
I have a lot of mentors here and I know if I need anything, I can always call on them.”

With his sights set on eventually progressing to a Project Manager role, Mo says he feels confident that RCC can provide him with the right support and development opportunities to achieve his long-term goals. But for Mo, it’s the added bonus of RCC’s family values that make this journey special.

“We’re excited to see each other at work because of the real sense of family here. I’ve been here for 2.5 years and I’m very comfortable.”

 

MORE ABOUT OUR CADET PROGRAM

The RCC Cadet Program provides first-hand experience across various aspects of our business through a structured 2-year, rotational program. Cadets rotate between four areas of the business to gain exposure across a variety of roles and ensure they build the skills necessary to progress upon graduation.
The program is designed to provide employment and on-the-job experience to students as well as support their studies so when they graduate, they can make an informed decision about their career path and step into a fulltime role in their chosen area.

 

MORE ABOUT WALSH BAY ARTS PRECINCT

As Managing Contractor on the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct project, RCC is responsible for the design and construction of this redeveloped public arts and cultural hub on Sydney’s waterfront, whilst preserving the industrial heritage of the existing structures.

Stages 1, 2 & 3 are currently underway and involve the delivery of:

  • Demolition and upgrade of existing arts facilities on Wharf 4 & 5 for the Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Philharmonia, Gondwana and Song Company;
  • Adaptive reuse and upgrade of facilities and performance spaces on Pier 2 and 3 for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare and Australian Theatre for Young People
  • New commercial retail spaces throughout the precinct
INTERESTING PROJECT STATS
  • 10-15km of electrical cabling in Theatre 1 alone
  • 800 tonnes of structural steelwork has been installed on Wharf 4/5 with 700 tonnes of steel yet to be installed for Pier 2/3
  • Just under 290,000 site hours have been worked so far (that’s nearly 33 years)
  • A site boat is utilised for under-wharf inspections, rather than land machinery