"I had just finished a full ski season at Mount Hutt ski area and had decided not to head overseas for a back to back season. I had initially thought I would get a temporary summer job to take me through to the next winter. After looking for positions I came across a vacancy ad for a Design Engineer with Richards Consulting Engineers (RCE). I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have an interview. After talking with Sam I knew that it was time to brush the dust off my degree and take on the new position. I also had in the back of my mind that it would be good to do my part in helping Christchurch get through the recent earthquakes.
My first few months at RCE were interesting. I was surprised how fast the learnings from university came back to me. Within my first weeks I attended an inspection of a well-known pub in Canterbury and walked through the abandoned, damaged building. I remember thinking this would take a lot of T.L.C. to bring this back to normal. I found that Sam was friendly and encouraged me to progress and up skill. At RCE I had plenty of opportunity for internal and external training with one-on-one discussion to full day conferences. More recently I have enjoyed the ever growing team and the environment in the office. I like that we can have a joke with the other staff members and look forward to our monthly social events.
RCE has allowed me to grow in my profession and has opened up many opportunities within the company. I have been challenged, encouraged and rewarded and enjoy coming to work."
"I have been working with Richards Consulting Engineers for over a year now, and have developed a wide caliber of Engineering, and Management related skills. Having just graduated from University, RCE has given me invaluable opportunities early on in my career, which I would not have been able to get at another Consultancy. What sets RCE apart is that an Engineer is able to see a project through the full design process, rather than designing a small component of a much larger puzzle. RCE will also inspect the design work once it has been constructed, which allows you to see the design up close and in person, and teaches quick on-site problem solving. Nothing beats being able to stand in front of a building and say you designed it!
Another large part of RCE is the social environment. We are a diverse team, that meshes well both inside and outside of the office. So, if you are looking to be a part of a fun, easy going team, and are passionate about Engineering – Look no further!"
"Within 3 months of leaving University I am in looking after my own jobs and am out of the office every week on inspections. At Richards Consulting, I am designing new structures every week which vary in size and complexity, so I never have a dull moment at work. From foundations to roofs, pools to luxury homes, there is always something new and exciting going on.
Going straight from University to a professional job was daunting at first, but Richards consulting had great procedures, learning modules and mentoring to help me transition smoothly into designing structures in the real world. With a friendly and open atmosphere, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with the company."