Our people are our greatest asset

At Watpac, our people are our greatest asset.

Watpac employs more than 1,000 skilled professionals across Australia. Our dedicated employees have enabled Watpac to develop and maintain a reputation for excellence within the national construction, property, mining and civil sectors and this has been recognised by numerous industry awards. 

Watpac is led by a Board of Directors and Group Senior Executive Team, who are responsible for guiding the strategic direction and operational performance of the company.

See what some of our people have to say about working for Watpac.

  • Maare-Liis: inspired to be a woman in construction

    Building Cadet, Construction

    Maare-Liis Kalamae joined Watpac in 2016 as a Building Cadet while studying Construction Management. When she was exploring the possibilities of a cadetship, Maare-Liis said she was adamant that she found one with a company that fostered a positive culture and also supported women within the industry. 

    “My father, a design manager, had told me he had worked with competent, energetic and switched-on female engineers on multiple Watpac projects and set up a meeting with one of these women to discuss what it was like to be a woman in construction,” says Maare-Liis. 

    “She had nothing but praise for Watpac and their support of women – this meeting confirmed that Watpac was the right choice for me.” 

    Watpac continues to provide different opportunities and responsibilities in Maare-Liis’ cadet role, as well as support and encouragement. Through her cadetship with Watpac, Maare-Liis says she has had the opportunity to experience all the different areas of construction such as tendering, costing, measuring, managing people and safety. 

    “I’ve never felt less equal, despite having much less experience than most of my colleagues, as they understand the cadet learning experience,” she says. 

    “Being part of Watpac’s Cadet and Engineer Peer Groups has been a highlight of my role at Watpac. 

    “I’ve had the opportunity to meet most of my colleagues within the NSW business to share knowledge and form friendships, toured various sites around Sydney, and attended presentations from amazing guest speakers with my fellow cadets.”

    Maare-Liis says attending National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) events has also been a highlight for her. 

    “It’s so inspiring to meet the leading women of the industry and have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with them,” she says. 

    “I’ve made many connections through these events and hope one day soon I can join the NAWIC committee.” 

    Honoured to work for Watpac and proud that they have proven to be a company that genuinely champion their values,  Maare-Liis says commitment, inspiration, candour, one team and innovation are exemplified everywhere she goes and are truly embedded within the culture. 

    “The most rewarding part of working at Watpac has been meeting such fantastic people. 

    “Everywhere I go with Watpac, any new projects or events, I leave having made new friends and colleagues that I can’t wait to work with in the future.” 

    Maare-Liis on site at Ryde Garden with the Design Coordinator at the start of the job.

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  • Jarret: learning and developing in construction

    Site Engineer, Construction

    Currently working as a Site Engineer on the York & George project in the Sydney CBD, Jarret Lines says it is one of the most rewarding projects he has worked on at Watpac, as it involves retaining and refurbishing two heritage buildings that are between 100 and 130 years old.

    “Through using often traditional methods, we have restored the façades of the two buildings to their near original state, and prolonged their life in the city,” he says. 

    Jarret initially worked part-time for Watpac as a Cadet in the Estimating department, assisting with the tendering for the Base Security Improvement Program (BSIP) project, while he completed his university studies. 

    “Working on the BSIP project, from pre-tender to managing the defects liability period after practical completion, has allowed me the opportunity to experience the whole project life cycle,” say Jarret.

    “Since then I have contributed to several other tender submissions for a variety of projects.”

    Jarret says when he joined Watpac in 2013 as a part-time Cadet in his final year of university, he was attracted by the variety and complexity of the projects undertaken. 

    “The two main projects that I have worked on at Watpac have been vastly different,” he says.

    “The BSIP project was widespread and largely technology focussed, while the York and George project involves commercial, retail and residential construction.”

    Jarret says his role at Watpac has exposed him to so many different engineering and construction disciplines. 

    “I am constantly learning every day and developing my skills.”

    “I enjoy the teamwork aspect of my role and working with like-minded individuals that are diverse as well.”

    Working at Watpac Jarret has had the opportunity to advance his career in construction, having progressed from part-time Cadet to full-time Graduate Site Engineer upon his graduation from university, before then becoming a Site Engineer one year thereafter. He has also had the opportunity to become part of the Diversity Committee. 

    “I like being part of the growth of the company and contributing to the greater business strategy through my involvement with the Diversity Committee.” 

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  • Paul: delivering iconic Adelaide projects

    Site Manager, Construction

    Paul Petrys says he was interested in joining Watpac as it is a company that provides great opportunities to work on interesting and challenging projects with a good work culture. 

    “I also wanted to be part of the iconic projects that Watpac is delivering in Adelaide,” he says.

    Paul started working at Watpac in 2015 as a Foreman and since then has progressed into a Site Manager role. He says the aspects he enjoys about his job include working with a great team who have a best-for-project mindset, continually developing professionally, and building long term relationships with his colleagues, clients, subcontractors and suppliers. 

    “I enjoy the opportunity to develop construction techniques and methods of building that will help with the build program, while also maintaining safety on site,” says Paul.  

    “Working at Watpac I have been involved with challenging projects that have provided me with the opportunity to develop new skills.” 

    As every project is different, Paul says he is always learning and developing in the construction industry. He has also been provided with additional training and courses to further develop his skills.

     Paul says the most rewarding project he has worked on at Watpac is Central Adelaide.

    “Our project team worked together to complete the Central Adelaide project on time and budget to a high quality standard for our client.

     “We also used a new construction technique in Adelaide on this project, which was a new learning step for both me and the project team.”

    Paul is currently involved in delivering another iconic Adelaide project – the Kodo development, which will be the tallest residential apartment complex in Adelaide.

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  • Brad: opportunity to progress

    Construction Manager, Construction

    When Brad Ross first joined Watpac in 1994, he was employed as an apprentice Carpenter. Since then, he’s had the opportunity to progress into roles as a Foreman, Site Manager and Project Manager, through to his current role as Construction Manager.

    Brad says he was attracted to Watpac due to its reputation as a company comprising highly-skilled teams of building professionals, with a strong culture of team work, and uncompromising commitment to best building practice.

    “The aspects that I enjoy about my role include delivering some of Queensland’s most iconic projects with a group of people that are up for the challenge,” he says. 

    “Projects such as the Suncorp Stadium, Boggo Road Urban Village redevelopment, Admiralty Towers stage two, The Gabba stages three and four, Queensland Brain Institute, Couran Cove Resort South Stradbroke Island, Brisbane Youth Detention Centre Wacol, and 180 Brisbane have been standouts for me.”

    Brad says construction is an industry where you will never know it all and that Watpac offers diverse and complex projects that have provided him with the platform to continue his acquisition of building knowledge.

    “The most rewarding part of my career at Watpac has been the people I have had the great fortune to learn from and work beside.”

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