Meet our Graduates and Summer Interns

Chloe Lau

Graduate Engineer, Structures

Best thing about working at Holmes?
The people and culture. Holmes is full of incredibly bright, driven and hard-working individuals, and has a culture of fun and camaraderie. The interesting and iconic projects that come our way are an added bonus, for example, Auckland’s Commercial Bay and Sylvia Park.

We also have a strong social network. Earlier in the year I played for the indoor netball team, which was a great way to relax after work (even if, like me, you don’t have an athletic bone in your body). I also volunteered to plant trees on Motutapu Island for a Holmes social good venture, which was a good opportunity to catch up with workmates in a setting outside of work and spend a purposeful weekend.

Favourite project so far?
Botany Town Centre. Even though I’ve had a relatively small part to play in the design of the $78 million expansion, Botany happens to be my local shopping mall. Being able to see the ongoing construction happen first-hand and my designs begin to jump from paper into real life so close to home has made my work all the more exciting and meaningful.

Where will we see you in 5 years?
With any luck, I will have gained professional chartership (CPEng) by then and will be in Europe on my big OE. I’m looking to gain some overseas work experience, hopefully in Holmes’ Netherlands office… but watch this space!

Aidan Summers

Graduate Engineer, Civil Structures

How did you get into engineering?
I was one of those strange creatures who enjoyed maths and physics at school—although strangely enough, I was more of a puzzle guy than Lego. I also liked accounting and economics and it wasn’t until three months before university started that I enrolled in engineering.

Best thing about working at Holmes?
Holmes encourage you to drive your own career. Going into structures I didn’t know whether I wanted to work on buildings or bridges. Holmes was the only place I talked to who were happy to let me move around.

Favourite project so far?
A small suspended service lane in Queenstown. This was the first job I completely looked after myself, and it involved a lot of coordination between different consultants.

Who do you look up too at work?
Everyone in my team, they all have such different career paths and are all so knowledgeable. It makes me excited to see what direction I might take, and I’ve been able to talk freely to many people at Holmes about my options.

What are your short-term goals?
To soak up as much information as possible from the people I work with and put my hand-up to work on a diverse range of projects, so I can continually learn.

Katie Vincent

Summer Intern, Civils

How did you get into engineering?
It took until my final year at school for me to realise that engineering was a thing and that it was what I wanted to do! I figured I like learning, science, and knowing how the world works; and that I could combine this with making a difference to people’s lives by becoming an engineer. Now I’m here, studying civil engineering and getting real world experience as an intern at Holmes. I’m glad that I decided to follow this path!

Best thing about working at Holmes?
I’m not sure it’s possible to pick one thing! The people at Holmes are great—there’s been no shortage of help and everyone is so approachable. I also love the company culture, where everyone strives for excellent results for the client—but the health and wellbeing of the staff is equally a top priority for the company.

Favourite project so far?
Christchurch City Town Hall. Though I haven’t had too much involvement, I get to go along to the site visits and help where I can. It’s a great job perk getting to see sneak peeks of projects under construction. Seeing a beautiful building come back together and learning how it all works is amazing.

What are your short-term goals?
I would like to finish my degree with first class honours, learn as much as possible in my final year at University and at Holmes, and I would like to convince Holmes to take me back as a graduate!

Interested in joining the Holmes team as a Graduate or Summer Intern? Take a look at our current vacancies.