The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) Graduate Program provides recent graduates the opportunity to work with world-class industry experts on two of the biggest megaprojects Melbourne has ever undertaken.
Applications for the 2018 Graduate Program open mid 2017. Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter for updates!
MMRA and LXRA offers a Graduate Program for two years including an 18 month structured learning and development program, with the opportunity for a three year fixed term contract following the graduate program to continue your career in major infrastructure projects.
Not yet quite sure what you want to do with your University degree? MMRA and LXRA offer a range of graduate positions across a variety of disciplines. The project teams are passionate about developing new graduates who want to experience a fast-paced, high-performing workplace.
The program offers flexible options to specialise within a technical discipline as well as rotate within a variety of roles so you can explore the projects and discover what you are truly passionate about.
For the 2017 program, MMRA and LXRA sought graduates who completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016. We looked for those with qualifications in:
- Civil and Construction/Electrical/Mechanical/Environmental Engineering
- Planning/Environment/Land Management/Sustainability/Property
- Human Resources
- Quantity Surveying
- Communications/Public Relations/Media/Journalism/Marketing
- Commercial (Finance/Law)
- Information Systems
Graduates take part in a structured learning and development program over 18 months, including multiple rotations, graduate learning series, understanding the network program and a career planning program.
The program provides graduates opportunities to learn about and experience a range of different project roles. Graduates will rotate throughout a variety of teams during the program, undertaking structured rotations that support tailored capability development. Rotations are designed in consultation with the project teams and graduates to ensure individuals are provided the best opportunity to build their career.
MMRA and LXRA have opportunities for graduate rotations within the following teams:
The Engineering team guides the development and implementation of the project's design, comprising civil structures, building structures, rail systems, mechanical and electrical systems and fire engineering systems. There will be opportunities to employ research and investigation skills with initiative to seek, identify, challenge and clarify technical engineering requirements, industry best practice and international benchmarks.
Graduates will gain exposure and insight into working closely with technical, planning and engagement advisors to identify issues and priorities whilst assisting with issues resolution, decision making and design development. A key component of Engineering rotations will be to learn and put into practice how to identify and realise opportunities for efficient design and ensure an appropriate level of design integration across the engineering and non-engineering disciplines in the wider project team.
Graduates within the Projects Controls team will have the opportunity to rotate within the team's technical specialisations, developing capabilities within planning and scheduling, risk, quality assurance and cost controls. Graduates will develop strong relationships and interact with all functional groups across the broader project team to ensure that data relied upon by the Project Controls team and used in management reports is reliable, consistent and of the highest quality.
Graduates working within the Legal team will work alongside experts from across a broad range of legal specialisations including:
- Construction Law;
- Public Law;
- Commercial Law;
- Planning, Environmental and Land Acquisition Law;
- OH&S Law; and
- Administrative Law.
As part of the Legal team, graduates will work with lawyers who are friendly, willing to share their knowledge and will welcome both your legal and non-legal views to resolving legal issues. Graduates will have a rare insight into what it is like to work on Melbourne's biggest infrastructure projects, while empowering graduates to resolve a diverse range of unique legal problems associated with designing and delivering a world-class project.
Working within a fast-paced and supportive environment, graduates will also have an opportunity to work with the project's external legal and commercial advisors to provide legal, commercial and risk management advice on various aspects of project planning, development and delivery.
Graduates working within the Commercial function will build sound knowledge around managing commercial aspects of major construction projects by working across the various packages during the tender, evaluation and award stages of the project. Graduates will learn about a range of commercial issues with various stakeholders as well as involvement in the commercial component of tender documentation, including:
- contract type and structure;
- risk allocation;
- payment and reimbursement regime; and
- security and liability.
Graduates rotating within the HR team will build practical capabilities around managing end-to-end recruitment, workplace relations, payroll advisory, workforce planning, HR projects (including getting involved coordinating employment programs including the Graduate, Vacation and Traineeship Programs) and business partnering. Rotations will also involve learning about how state and federal legislation, enterprise agreements and HR policies work to form the basis of HR advice and effective people management practices.
Working within the Communications and Stakeholder relations team, graduates will have the opportunity to learn about developing and implementing strategies to ensure proactive management of stakeholders, managing media relations and all channels of communications and community relations including community consultation, public information materials and events. Graduates will build capabilities around drafting high-quality collateral for the Victorian public as well as internal communications to the project team.
Graduates will have the opportunity to understand how to effectively respond to media enquiries and draft content for the project website and social media. Graduates will learn how to manage stakeholder and community enquiries, working alongside a high-performing and driven project team. There will be the opportunity to manage the logistics for public events including information sessions, festivals and project presentations.
Graduates working within the Tunnels and Stations team will have the opportunity to work alongside industry experts in specialisations including tunnelling, structures (stations and portals) and rail infrastructure. There will be opportunities to gain exposure across all facets of civil infrastructure works, working with each of the Metro Tunnel's five precincts.
Graduates will learn about the project's scope of works, constructability issues and gain a strong grounding in mechanical and electrical issues associated with rail tunnelling infrastructure. Graduates will gain practical experience working with a broad range of stakeholders including asset owners, local councils and members of the public.
Graduates who rotate within the Learning and Organisational Capacity team will build capabilities developing the organisation's workforce through best practice, targeted solutions that help people successfully achieve MMRA's strategic priorities and build a high performance culture.
Graduates will support the team by designing learning and development programs and collateral and supporting the team in delivering organisational wellbeing initiatives.
Working within the project's in-house Graphic Design team, graduates will develop innovative and creative graphic design solutions and services for electronic and printed communications collateral. Graduates will gain hands-on experience with the document design and production process; from creative concept to finished artwork to delivered product and distribution strategies.
Using a range of software including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Premier, graduates will support the preparation of electronic artwork for the Metro Tunnel project.
Graduates working with project's Online Communications team will develop high-quality written, visual and video content for a variety of channels including the project's website, intranet and e-newsletter. They will develop technical skills with a variety of tools to produce digital content that support the communications and stakeholder relations objectives.
Graduates will also gain an understanding on using social media to engage with the community and managing online queries regarding the project.
Graduates working within the Information Systems stream will be exposed to and be challenged by meeting the complex IT requirements involved in delivering Victoria's largest ever public transport project. Graduates will have the opportunity to learn about key IT areas including information management, systems analysis and project management.
Furthermore graduates will gain exposure to the end-to-end process of information systems delivery, from the capture of business requirements to training and support, working closely with project staff and stakeholders to ensure the successful delivery of any new information system.
Working within the Transaction and Procurement team will provide graduates the opportunity to develop knowledge of commercial, procurement and transaction management methodologies and practices relevant to major infrastructure projects. Graduates will gain experience supporting the management and facilitation of transaction logistics and processes for major construction projects, including:
- strategic procurement planning;
- preparing tender documentation;
- tender evaluation;
- contract negotiation; and
- awarding of construction contracts.
Graduates will build capabilities around best practice procurement procedures as well as learning how major projects interact and deal with the private sector in relation to approaches to market and interactive tender phases. Graduates will build a practical understanding of procurement frameworks and how the procurement of goods and services are effectively managed to facilitate effective project delivery.
Graduates who rotate within the Safety team will develop capability in the promotion of a safe work culture and be involved with the coordination of all health and safety aspects of activities undertaken by project staff and contractors.
Graduates will gain an understanding of safety systems development, implementation and auditing, relationship management and providing sound advice in accordance with legislative requirements, policies and procedures.
Graduates working in the Sustainability team will learn how Sustainable Design is incorporated on a major infrastructure project as well as developing skills across a broad range of themes including; urban ecology, energy reduction, waste management, water conservation and workforce development. Graduates will assist in the implementation of the Sustainability Program which covers social, economic and environmental factors.
Graduates will support the project to undertake key environmental assessments and obtain planning, environmental and heritage approvals. Individuals will gain exposure to establishing and implementing environmental and sustainability frameworks and integrate environmental and sustainability requirements into the project. Graduates will also assist in the management of land and assembly processes, involving both internal and external stakeholder consultation, preparation and review of key documentation and dealing with legislative requirements.
Graduates may have the opportunity to work within an Alliance. Alliance contracting is a collaborative procurement method used to deliver complex projects. LXRA embeds its staff members, along with its contractors and rail operators (e.g. MTM) to form an Alliance. As a graduate working in an Alliance, you will be exposed to a variety of different tasks depending on the project life cycle and function that can include both site and office based roles.
On-site roles will provide exposure to the front-face of rail project delivery, where you will work alongside top tier contractors across a number of the LXRA projects. Opportunities to work as part of an Alliance exist within various disciplines including Engineering, Communications and Stakeholder Relations and Human Resources.
Graduates within the Engineering discipline will have the opportunity to work across a variety of engineering streams including design, construction and project management. Not only will graduates work client side with LXRA, they will have the opportunity to gain practical experience working with a broad range of stakeholders including technical advisers, contractors and within an Alliance.
Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Graduates will have the opportunity to work closely with Alliance partners, contracted to deliver the projects in delivery, including exposure working with Alliance partners at either the construction site or site offices. With the Communication Team being embedded within project delivery teams, Graduates will gain a detailed understanding of the different challenges and opportunities in working with local communities to deliver successful outcomes for major infrastructure projects.
Working within the Land and Property Development team, graduates will be provided opportunities to develop knowledge and experience on matters relating to private and public land relevant to infrastructure projects, whilst gaining an understanding of land and property issues from within a delivery of an extensive infrastructure capital program.
Graduates will also gain an understanding of project land status for major construction projects including identifying interests, ownership, occupation and any relevant restrictions to land identifying LXRA's land requirement options, analysis of impacts and assisting in the preparation of land acquisition and lease negotiations.
Graduates will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and experience on matters relating to planning and environmental approvals within an infrastructure project including integrated development opportunities. Graduates will gain exposure to the entire project lifecycle on matters including the commission of technical reports, submission of approvals to regulators, participation in advisory committee hearings and assisting in meeting the compliance requirements within the delivery phase of the project.
Graduate Learning Series
The Learning Series develops graduate capacity for effective performance and successful careers. Graduates will engage in a range of activities including mentoring, peer connect groups, group project work and experiential learning.
Understanding the Network Program
Graduates will participate in site tours in partnership with a range of organisations to build knowledge of the public transport network, how it operates and also how the franchisees operate.
During the second year of the program, intense career planning will be undertaken to prepare the graduates for the next step in their career. There will be an opportunity for high performing graduates to be offered a further three year contract, subject to business need, to support them to embed their knowledge and excel in their profession.
Applications for the 2017 program closed 18 September 2016. Graduates were invited to apply for the program based on having completed an undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in the following disciplines:
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Civil Engineering or related disciplines (e.g. construction management).
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Electrical Engineering or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Mechanical Engineering or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Environmental Engineering or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Quantity Surveying, Cost Engineering or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Information Systems or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Law.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Law and/or Commerce/Business (Finance).
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Planning/Environment/Land Management/Sustainability disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Property/Planning/Property Development or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in the Human Resources discipline.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Communications/Public Relations/Media/Journalism or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Communications/Marketing/Media or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Finance, Accounting or related disciplines.
We are seeking graduates who have completed their undergraduate degree between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 in Safety or related discipline.