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McConnell Dowell provides a wealth of opportunities to construction management and engineering graduates.

In working with experienced professionals, participants develop their skills and broaden their knowledge and are guided and mentored to build their career within the construction industry.

Apply for the 2017 MCD Australia Graduate Program

For more information on the McConnell Dowell graduate program, see our frequently asked questions below.


When do applications for the Australian Graduate program open and close?

Applications for the Australian program are generally open from August to September each year for commencement the following January.

Can I apply if I am an overseas student?

Our graduate program is only open to Australian citizens and permanent residents who have a recognised degree under the Australian standards.

How do I apply for the New Zealand Graduate Program?

For New Zealand graduates, applications are generally open from March to May each year.

What disciplines are you looking for graduates from?

We accept graduates with the following degrees:

  • Civil / Structural Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Mechanical Engineering

What is the recruitment process?

First, you will need to submit your application. We will review your CV, cover letter and academic results.

Shortlisted applicants will undergo a phone interview.

From this process, we will shortlist for a face-to-face interview.

If you are successful in moving through to the process from your personal interview, we will conduct reference checks, medical checks and check proof of eligibility to work in Australia.

The successful candidate will then receive a Letter of offer to commence employment.

What attachments should I include in my application?

You are encouraged to attach a covering letter, CV and your latest academic results to your application.

Do you base your selection mainly on academic results?

No. Although academic results are important, we look at all factors that the candidate brings to the position. This includes your leadership potential, extra-curricular activities, communication skills etc.

When will I hear about the status of my application?

We will endeavour to process your application and respond to you as quickly as possible. As we receive a huge response to our program, this may take up to 6 weeks after the closing date.

If successful, when could I expect to start work?

Generally, graduates will commence work in January. However, depending on operational requirements, you may be asked to commence earlier if you have already graduated. Exact start dates will be discussed with successful applicants when offers are made.

What salary does McConnell Dowell offer graduates?

We offer a competitive salary package; exact details will be discussed with successful candidates at the offer stage.

Is there an opportunity to rotate through different functions in the graduate program?

Yes, we rotate our Graduates through Engineering, Planning, Commercial, Procurement, Estimating and HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality). In order to be a progressive graduate, we believe in exposing you to as many facets of the business as possible.

Is there an opportunity to work overseas?

Yes, there are opportunities to work overseas.  This is usually after the graduates have completed McConnell Dowell’s program.

Does McConnell Dowell offer Vacation work?

Yes, we offer 12 weeks’ vacation work experience to the recipient of our Scholarship Programs. However, additional vacancies will depend on operational requirements and we will post an expression of interest mid-year for summer vacation work.