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.
Phil: Shaping a Company and a State
Construction Manager, Construction
“When I first joined Watpac in 1984, I was attracted by the people and the culture on offer. I had worked with the company founders in another company for the 10 years previous. Working at Watpac has allowed me to make a considerable contribution to the construction of a variety of projects in south-east Queensland. A number of these buildings could be considered ‘landmarks’, for example The Gabba, Suncorp Stadium, Skilled Park Stadium, and Queens Plaza Retail Centre.
“I initially set out to become a Project Manager that would lead a team on major construction projects. Some ten years after achieving this goal, I was promoted to Construction Manager of one of Queensland’s largest and most respected construction companies. Watpac has always been a company that recognised ability and would give employees every opportunity for advancement.
“There have been a number of very rewarding projects over the years, but I guess Suncorp Stadium tops them all. It was a large, complex structure that most people had an interest in. We implemented some significant design changes once we were successful with our bid that ensured that the project would be delivered on time and to our client’s budget.
“Other projects I’ve worked on have included the Sheraton and Marina Mirage resorts on the Gold Coast, Couran Cove Resort on Stradbroke Island, The Gabba redevelopment stages 3 to 6, Skilled Park Stadium, MacArthur Central retail complex and office tower, the Woolworths Brisbane Regional Distribution Centre, 275 George Street office tower, and the $360 million Knowledge Based Research and Business Projects at two sites across Brisbane.”
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Brendan: Driving a Mining Business
Mining Manager, Civil & Mining
“I first joined Watpac in 2008 as the Mining Operations Manager and later moved into the role of Mining Manager. Watpac was attractive to me as a company because of the opportunity to help increase our mining business.
“The most rewarding project so far is the BC Iron Ore Joint Venture. It is our first venture in the mineral-rich Pilbara region and is Watpac’s only iron ore project to date. The job requires Watpac to construct 55 kilometres of road connecting the mine to rail. Under the mining contract we’re responsible for the full end-to-end process from cutting the ore and waste from Mesa's, loading and hauling the material to our processing plant or to the client’s designated waste dumps. Watpac is strong on innovation and BC Iron is no exception. As a result we are providing more economical solutions via unique modifications to 100-tonne Surface Miners and introducing latest technologies on our excavators including large drum cutter implements and attachment couplings that allow faster and safer operation.
“I’ve also worked and been a part of the successful award to Watpac of the Brightstar Gold Mine in 2009, the Douglas Mineral Sands mine in Victoria, and the Tutunup South Mineral Sands Project in 2010. Every project is unique presenting its own challenges.
“I enjoy ensuring that our jobs are done safely, competently, using team spirit, and producing an excellent result.
“Working with Watpac is helping me to achieve my goal of working with a company where my contribution has a direct effect and makes a substantial difference in growing our business.”
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Philip: Opportunity to Grow
Mining Projects Engineer, Civil & Mining
“When I first joined Watpac in 2009, I was employed as a Project Manager for civil projects. Since then, I’ve been able to progress through to my current role as a Mining Projects Engineer.
“I was attracted to Watpac as it was a company that was new to Western Australia at the time and looking to expand in the state, and significantly grow the order book. I knew this would offer me the opportunity to broaden the field of works I would be involved in.
“The aspects I enjoy about my job include working with an energetic team excited about the growing prospects of the business in Western Australia. Also, the autonomy and respect shown between colleagues makes the office an enjoyable place to work.
“The most rewarding part of my job so far has been successfully tendering for the mining, crushing, and screening components of the BC Iron Ore Nullagine Joint Venture project. Knowing that the successful tender bid for a large project provides the opportunity for Watpac to establish itself as a preferred mining contractor is a great feeling.
“Working at Watpac is assisting me in broadening my knowledge of the mining and civil industry. The experience with the Western Australia office in a broad range of civil and mining works, along with the works undertaken from the office, provides the exposure to new fields of work required to grow my knowledge.”
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