Graduate Programs for Civil Engineers


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Graduate Programs for Civil Engineers – Australia and New Zealand

If you are about to graduate or have recently graduated, you might want to consider enrolling into a graduate program for Civil Engineers with some of the biggest companies in Australia and New Zealand.

Every year Australia’s top engineering and construction companies look for talented and ambitious Graduates to join their teams.

If you are a recent Civil Engineering Graduate looking to gain some valuable work experience, it might be worthwhile exploring Graduate Programs offered by the below companies.

Fulton Hogan

New Zealand

Fulton Hogan takes on 80 graduates across New Zealand and Australia every year through their Graduate Programmes. For engineering or finance graduates, they offer on the job experience.

The 12-month New Zealand graduate programme gives you options to work across surfacing and manufacturing business, civil construction business, or within the corporate finance teams.

Engineering Programme

You get an opportunity to learn the science of producing asphalt and other raw materials at one of Fulton Hogan’s facilities, along with the technical know-how to tender for and estimate jobs.

You gain valuable experience working on infrastructure projects and building project management skills, all with a focus on safety, quality, and sustainability. You get to work and travel across New Zealand, on various civil construction and infrastructure projects for communities across the region.


In Australia, the 18-month Graduate Programme has four key areas: Infrastructure, Construction, Finance and Utilities.

Infrastructure Services – you gain experience in the full range of road maintenance solutions

Construction – you get exposed to existing projects such as roads, bridges, rail, water & wastewater, airports and telecommunications. You also assist with tenders and work closely with the pre-contracts team. You work on site, assisting the delivery of infrastructure projects from A$1m to A$1b.

Utilities – you gain experience working in the energy industry including electricity, gas and water

You work to help improve the way these services are delivered to communities, and improve the quality of existing services with updated technology.

The Programme is for Graduates with little or no work experience. There are no age restrictions, however, you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or a Permanent Resident at the time of application.

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With  90,000 specialists working in 170 countries to deliver some of the world’s most influential and transformational infrastructure projects, AECOM offers some great graduate opportunities.

AECOM’S graduate opportunities

AECOM seeks applicants from a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • Civil engineering  
  • Electrical engineering  
  • Environmental  
  • Geotechnical 
  • Mechanical  
  • Structural  
  • Building services 
  • Chemical Engineering  

AECOM’S Growing Professional Skills (GPS) graduate program is designed to help you bridge the gap between formal education and the workplace.

The GPS program is spread across three years and comprises a range of core competencies and recommended training. As part of the program, AECOM works with you to develop a plan, set your goals, and the actions required to achieve them.

As a graduate, you’ll have the chance to work alongside industry leaders on iconic projects.

How to Apply?

Your application for a graduate role will be assessed through a staged approach including an initial application review, online video game testing (Gamification), video interview, and assessment centre/face-to-face interview.

Applications for the 2019 Graduate intake have closed and most of the opportunities have been filled. There are a small number of additional roles which will be advertised online throughout the year.

Source: AECOM

CPB Contractors 

CPB Contractors is the Australasian construction company of the CIMIC Group. They play a crucial role in urban and rural development, help drive economic growth and provide vital long-term infrastructure. 

About the CIMIC group graduate program

The CIMIC Group Graduate Program exposes graduates to world-class projects across various industries, including some of Australasias most significant construction operations with CPB Contractors.  

Graduates are provided with structured on-the-job training, guided learning plans and leadership mentoring. Over the two-year program, graduates will undertake three, eight-month rotations, with placements in various roles, projects or operating companies within the Group. 

  • Civil engineering 
  • Mechanical engineering 
  • Electrical engineering
  • Construction management 
  • Safety 
  • Environment 
  • Finance 
  • Commercial 
  • Human resources 
  • Information technology 
  • Sustainability 
  • Data science 
  • Innovation 

CIMIC has been recognized as a top graduate employer by Grad Connection and the Australian Association of Graduate Employers. 

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John Holland

John Holland’s graduate program is structured around building your abilities through rotations, learning and development opportunities and support.

The basics:

  • Two-year program
  • On-the-job learning
  • Opportunities to network with senior leaders across a diverse infrastructure and property business
  • Offers support to grow your skills in working with others, negotiation and teamwork.

Recruitment Process – What You Need To Know

Step 1: Online Application

Step 2: Online Simulation

Step 3: Video Interview & Written Responses

Step 4: Assessment Centre

Step 5: Medical Check & Offers

If you would like any further information about the program, please email [email protected]

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Downer’s graduate program ranges from two-three years in duration. By undertaking this program, graduates enjoy a number of benefits, including:

Rotations through the business

We aim to develop well rounded, highly skilled professionals by exposing you to the wider business before you specialise in one area.

Dedicated mentor program

Downer has an established network of mentors across the business. As a graduate who joins Downer, your manager will identify and engage an experienced colleague who has time to meet with you on a regular basis.

Young Professionals Conference

For New Zealand graduates, there is an opportunity to participate in the Young Professionals Conference.

To join Downer’s graduate program sign up for a job alert here.

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Lendlease has been entrusted with many projects of public, cultural and social significance:  

  • Constructing the Sydney Opera House
  • Creating the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York
  • Restoring and renovating historic buildings such as Londons Tate Britain and National Theatre. 

Lendlease Global Graduate Program:  

With opportunities nationally, the Lendlease Global Graduate Program supports the transition of a university graduate to a Lendlease Graduate who has foundational skills through a structured and supportive environment.  

You will work with all levels of management and be supported by a dedicated program support team who will expertly coach you to shape a development pathway that is specific to you.  

  • As a Lendlease Graduate you will learn through doing 
  • Minimum of two rotations across projects or roles  
  • Learning programs to build upon your professional and technical skills  
  • Networking Opportunities across business units with Graduates and Leaders  
  • Support structure consisting of Manager, Buddy Mentor and Graduate Program Team  

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Graduates are offered real jobs with support mechanisms in an environment where individual contributions are invited and respected. They are provided with the opportunity to excel and demonstrate capability and willingness to contribute in a work environment that is flexible and individually focused while still providing countless and diverse opportunities. 

Subject to business requirements, BMD may offer graduate positions in the following roles: 

  • Engineering 
  • Human Resources 
  • Marketing 
  • Finance and Accountancy 

Additionally, the BMD Group provides vacation employment to students in the penultimate and final years of their tertiary studies.  You can apply by sending your CV and application to [email protected].

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Last update: April 2021

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