"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’ve been working at Richards Consulting Engineers for about 6 months. As my first graduate job after finishing university I’ve found the scope of projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on and manage to be really interesting. From school upgrades, restaurant outdoor areas, foundation designs, farm buildings, and new builds for baches and houses. I’ve been able to gain experience working on all sorts of projects with all the major materials.
Richards Consulting Engineers is a really supportive learning environment for someone straight out of university, but it’s also a great place to develop you skills for managing yourself and others. As I progressed, within the first month I was already given my own projects to manage, from planning stages with the client, to site soils investigations, designs and drawings, right through to final inspections.
Everyone at Richards Consulting Engineers has a good work life balance. There are regular social events, and there is always a big emphasis put on enjoying life outside of work. There is never a dull moment in the Richards Consulting Engineers office."
"Working at Richards Consulting Engineers has provided a great opportunity for professional and personal growth. Because we provide a variety of services within the structural and civil fields, I have quickly been exposed to new projects and opportunities.
As a graduate engineer I have been looked after and allowed to pick areas of interest to develop further skills. I have particularly enjoyed working with slopes and retaining wall structures.
Being a part of a tight knit team has been great, and monthly social events and the occasional opportunity to travel for a job have been highlights for me."