Shane is a 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. Shane has worked extensively in resource management planning for councils and developers, and has an interest in safety for all road users and in ensuring people have access to choices in the way they travel.
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?
Before and during my engineering studies I worked as a team coach for a large contact centre, providing training and mentoring to frontline staff. I also became a Les Mills group fitness instructor during that time, something which I still do today.
What does a typical day in the office include?
In the Land Development team we get involved with a lot of new developments, whether it be reviewing resource consent applications for councils, or helping developers to achieve good transport outcomes along with their other development objectives. A typical day might include some report writing, assessing development drawings, site visits or providing in-house advice at the Auckland Council office. There are always some enjoyable chats and exchange of ideas among the team.
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 just cars and commuting and consider a more holistic view of transport as part of people’s lives.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Using my knowledge and skills to solve real problems is difficult yet satisfying. There is always something new to consider and various elements of transport and design to attend to. The answers are usually not black and white, and we need to use our engineering sense as well as consider human factors in making decisions.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Being involved in the early planning stages of schools, bus interchanges and in industry research have been some challenging and exciting highlights so far. I also love getting out on site, so a recent team field trip through the Hobsonville Point area which has developed massively over the past ten years was fun and full of learnings.
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 hugely rewarding. I have even been involved in a filming session for a Les Mills video, and taught at an instructor workshop. It’s always fun when I cross paths via work with someone who has attended one of my classes, or vice versa! I also like playing video games, going for hikes, and I’m a bit of a foodie so you might find me planning the next dinner outing with friends!