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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 13:36

McConnell Dowell Supports Women in Transport

As part of their involvement in the Western Program Alliance, a project that involves the removal of level crossings predominantly in Melbourne’s west, McConnell Dowell is participating in the Women in Transport Mentoring Program. The 12-month pilot program is the first of its kind in Victoria – that will see 60 female participants from engineering, project management and other related disciplines paired with experienced and senior mentors in the industry to work towards achieving their career goals.

The $1.1 million program lead by the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) and Transport for Victoria is designed to:

  • Break down barriers and encourage more women to enter and stay in the transport sector
  • Support the professional development of women through their career lifecycle
  • Establish a network of female professionals
  • Enhance collaboration between private and government organisations

Mick Mongan, Delivery Manager for McConnell Dowell on the Alliance’s first level crossing removal, is proud to be a mentor for the program “I’m very excited to be able to share my experience within in the industry and be able to personally contribute to guiding and developing women’s careers in the sector.”

McConnell Dowell’s Jyothi Satyavolu working as an Engineering Coordinator with the Alliance, is excited to be involved in the program as a mentee:

“I’ve found the program is an excellent opportunity to discuss steps to advance in my career, and also network with others from different organisations and disciplines. Meeting other senior women in the industry has given me confidence to know I have the opportunities to move forward to leadership roles.”


McConnell Dowell has seven staff members involved in the program, both as mentors and mentees, and will continue to work with LXRA and its Alliance partners to promote and foster development opportunities for participants throughout the program and onwards, as they work to remove level crossings over the coming years.