Matt completed his honours degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury at the end of 2018. In the final year of his studies Matt completed a transportation focused project using the microscopic modelling software Aimsun. Matt's interest in transport continues to grow with his employment at Abley as he develops a diverse range of skills and abilities that will enable him to contribute to a wide-range of projects.
What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?
In the last year of my Civil Engineering degree, I completed a six-month academic exchange at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. The nationwide bike and public-transport infrastructure appealed to me and opened my eyes to the technical and societal issues that are a result of New Zealand’s car-centric transportation network. Identifying an opportunity the Christchurch rebuild posed for beneficial transportation reform, I quickly set out to become a Transportation Engineer.
What did you do before joining Abley?
This is my first permanent full-time role. Having worked every summer since I have left school, I have developed a diverse range of work experience. I have worked as a parking warden, a traffic controller and a civil labourer. These roles have been beneficial to how I understand the Civil Engineering discipline in a broader sense. My favourite job to date has been working as a Christmas tree delivery driver and installer!
What does a typical day in the office include?
As the Abley offices are so collaborative, each day is completely different! As a recent grad I have already completed a diverse range of tasks and jobs and I look forward to each new day of work.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The variety and diversity of projects available, there is always the opportunity to work on projects that you are especially interested in. The collaborative environment means I can sit in on project meetings or attend site visits If I want to gain some experience on different types of projects.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
At the moment – frothing the milk for my morning coffees, it’s very loud!
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Being able to complete an academic exchange at Aarhus University in Demark was an experience I will never forget. Studying engineering in a completely different regulatory context was eye-opening and studying with people from diverse backgrounds was beneficial for my professional development. Living in Denmark for six months was fantastic and while in Europe I was able to travel to 10 different countries!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am an avid basketball fan and support the 1977 NBA champions, the Portland Trail Blazers. If you are a Lakers fan, we may struggle to be friends.