Welcome to Season 5 Episode 7
Skills shortage with Craig Smith
Craig Smith has worked in the engineering industry for over 2 decades. He notes that we are living in a real infrastructure boom, an era of mega projects. And he’s deeply concerned about the real skills shortage being experienced in Australia.
No longer can Australia rely upon engineers from overseas bolstering the engineering ranks, we must look towards our own society for the future engineering leaders of our community
Australia has this finite engineering resource available to us in terms of what we can build, what we can construct, what we can design.
In Craig’s case, the apple really hasn’t fallen very far from the tree. His dad was an engineer, to be precise, a civil engineer in Brisbane. His dad worked for a local council and stayed with the company for around 35 years. This is very similar to how Craig is, having really established himself at BMD.
As a young kid Craig was an outdoors child, always enjoying digging and building mounds of sand. He was inspired by the built environment around him.
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: The demand for engineers is only going to increase
as humanities knowledge and needs increase, the demands on engineering will just continually grow.
Advice: Engineering is a really rewarding career
engineering you can influence, you can lead, you can innovate, you’re creating a broader future for humanity.
Sydney Harbour Bridge & Sydney Opera House
These two pieces really symbolized to me what it is to be Australian
Archimedes & Elon Musk
[Archimedes] really was … the Elon Musk of his time.
About Craig Smith
Craig Smith is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in various construction environments including roads and transport, mining and metals, residential urban subdivision works, as well as ports.
His management style is firmly underpinned by the solid project management experience he has gained through his various roles as project and construction manager and his seven years as General Manager of BMD Constructions in NSW/ACT.
Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Civil Infrastructure Management, and is a member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In his current role as BMD’s National General Manager of Commercial and Risk, Craig leads the streamlining of BMD’s commercial and risk approach to drive improved performance outcomes across the business.
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