On Stage 3 of the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project with client, Major Road Projects Victoria, we’ve recently clocked up 500,000 work hours. It’s an ideal time to reflect on the positive team spirit we’ve harnessed on site during these challenging times. It’s also a time to appreciate the contribution of McConnell Dowell’s young team of recent graduates, which includes site engineer Ashlee Othen.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Finance
in 2018, Ashlee put her skills to work by participating in the McConnell Dowell Graduate Program, which enabled her to work in varied roles and locations on projects such as Melbourne’s Swanson Dock Upgrade and Adelaide’s Regional Bridges Project. She completed this program in 2020 and started on the Echuca-Moama Bridge Project site early this year.

Ashlee says she calls Adelaide, “home”, but admits, working in this ‘neck of the woods’ has been a highlight.

“I love this regional location, and I’m enjoying working with a young team, as we learn together and support each other through the many facets of this major infrastructure project.”

According to Ashlee, she’s been sharpening her skills in the areas of problem-solving and onsite management.

“I’ve faced challenges which I’ve overcome with the support of my team. It’s been terrific to learn in such a ‘hands on’ way.

“I’ve also honed my skills in scheduling, co-ordinating and planning construction activities, such as super-tee and bridge barrier installations, deck pours and completion works across two distinct worksites, in NSW and Victoria. 

“I’ve also learned, that the McConnell Dowell team spirit is one that’s collaborative across all the facets of my work, and the project. And in Echuca-Moama, I’ve seen that firsthand,” she adds.