Welcome to Season 4 Episode 4
Grant’s mum was of Scottish decent who arrived in Australia as a teenager, while his father is Aboriginal, growing up pretty roughly on the missions.
Growing up Grant and his dad would have great discussions on politics, law and economics, but this really didn’t interest Grant too much.
He discovered a talent within himself for drawing, sketching and painting. So, he thought to become an architect, but then his dad discovered a summer camp that introduced students to engineering. And his life changed….
engineering can be anything….you can actually do anything through engineering
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: Technology is changing everything, and you’ve got to keep up. It’s particularly important for the Indigenous communities…
making sure that these communities, while still keeping a connection to their culture and their land, not falling behind on that exposure to the technology and seeing how we can potentially assist them.
Advice: Especially for Indigenous children considering engineering, never think you can’t do it, that you’re not smart enough
You find a way to do it, and you find a way to achieve it and you’ll get there
The Sydney Opera House, for a few reasons, but mainly because of his personal connection with it…
it looks amazing and my grandfather worked on it.
While not ‘traditional’ engineers, Grant greatly admires both his Grandfathers
from two complete opposite sides…. they both faced racism and criticism…. they showed passion in what they did. Even against adversity and hardship and everything else.
About Grant Maher
Grant is a founding Director of Jabin Group Pty Ltd, a 100% Indigenous owned and managed Engineering & Construction Services company. He holds the honour of being the inaugural Chairman of the Indigenous Engineers Group, a Chartered Professional Engineer (Structural/Leadership & Management) and Fellow within Engineers Australia. Grant is a proud descendant of the Gumbaynggirr and Biripi nations of Northern NSW.
Starting out as a Structural Engineer working on aviation, industrial and commercial projects, Grant found his passion in the area of Facades and sustainable design initiatives and has worked for some of the industries largest consulting companies where he has worked to help drive change in the construction industry towards reducing our environmental impact, reduced carbon output and overall material consumption.
In addition to his professional work, Grant helps to mentor young indigenous engineers and looks to develop the Indigenous Engineers Group into a national group that provides support, networking and developmental opportunities for current and future Indigenous Engineers.
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