Meet some of our Engineering Graduates and Summer Interns

Emma Grigg

Summer Intern, Civils

How did you get into engineering?
My favourite subjects at school were physics and maths. From here it was an easy decision to study engineering as I felt I could make a real contribution in the industry; I haven’t looked back since!

Best thing about working at Holmes?
Honestly, it’s difficult to pick one thing, but the people and culture are at the top. Everyone at Holmes is really approachable and there is no shortage of help and advice. The culture is amazing–everyone strives for excellent results for the client, but the company also values the wellbeing of its employees. I have also really enjoyed that I get to work on projects where I feel challenged.

Favourite project so far?
The Seaview Wharf Redevelopment. This was the first project at Holmes where I had a major contribution, I was working on the preliminary design. There was quite a steep learning curve, but I felt that I gained a lot through the project. It was also on quite a tight deadline which added to the feeling of accomplishment when completing the deliverables on time!

What are your short-term goals?
Short term I want to learn as much as possible during my last year of study and complete my final year project to a high standard. The experience that I’ve had this summer will be invaluable for my final year of university. Working at Holmes will allow me to approach engineering problems from a different point of view which will be vital for my last year. I’m looking forward to coming back to Holmes as a graduate.

Scott Tims

Graduate Engineer, Structures

What’s been your most challenging project?
The Auckland Airport, it’s one of the biggest projects I’ve been involved in. The Airport design work has been challenging due to the sheer size of the building we’re creating. Sylvia Park was another challenging project, it was more about construction monitoring and dealing with problems as they came up on site.

In three words how would you describe Holmes Consulting?
Fun, intelligent, and creative. Plus, supportive (can I have four?!).

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I want to be able to say I am a Design Engineer at that point. Perhaps have opportunities and experience abroad, just see what else is out there and where I can take myself. Holmes Consulting is supportive of graduates going on their O.E which is great!

Best thing about working for Holmes Consulting?
For me it’s been about soaking up all the knowledge. There’s so much experience here and so much to learn from all these incredibly intelligent people! All that information and experience is extremely rewarding. They’ve all been through it a million times before, so being able to go and ask anyone here, and then knowing for next time is great.

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

Graduate Engineer, Structures

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, getting real world experience (first as a Summer Intern, but now as a Graduate) 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 too.

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.

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