Shane is a recent graduate of the University of Auckland with an honours degree in Civil Engineering. Shane previously worked in the banking industry before taking on the challenge of a career change to engineering, and found a particular interest in transportation. During his studies Shane worked as a summer intern processing highway condition surveys and also gained some experience in traffic surveying. He has an interest in all aspects of safer road systems and in active transport modes.
What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?
During my engineering studies I was drawn toward transportation as it involves a unique combination of technical and human factors. I really connect with the way transportation solutions enable people to get more flexibility, efficiency and enjoyment out of their transport networks. I was so intrigued by it I changed specialisation to make sure I could become a transportation engineer.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I’m fresh off the line from the University of Auckland, having just completed my degree in Civil Engineering. Before and during my engineering studies I worked as a team coach for a large contact centre, providing training and mentoring to frontline staff.
What does a typical day in the office include?
A lot of learning! Mostly I am working on report writing, safety analysis and economic evaluations as well as getting out for some site visits. There are also some enjoyable chats and exchange of ideas.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy seeing how solutions will benefit people and help them get around safely and enjoy the spaces in their community. People have a great variety of transport needs and motivations and it’s great to be able to think beyond cars and commuting.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
As a graduate I face a steep learning curve. Using my knowledge and skills to solve real problems is difficult yet satisfying. It is a pleasure to have the support of highly capable colleagues to help along the way.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
My career is just beginning so watch this space! However an early highlight was the chance to visit the Nelson St Cycleway prior to its public opening and see some of the late stages of work being put together to make the facility vibrant and fun – a great reminder that civil engineering is all about the people that will ultimately use the facility.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am a group fitness instructor – I teach Les Mills classes which takes up a fair bit of my time and is fun and rewarding. I also like playing video games and the card game Magic: The Gathering when I get the chance to slow down. I enjoy following social justice issues such as equality, and advocacy for victims of crime, discrimination and oppression.