Curiosity is the fuel of learning and discovery.
Ever since she was a little girl, Project Engineer Mariam Gaid has always been fascinated to see complex structures and always wondered how they were built.
Today, Mariam has worked on many major projects such as Northconnex, Westconnex, and currently the Pacific Highway Upgrade.
What did you study at University?
I studied Civil Engineering at Western Sydney University in Sydney.
How did you start your career in the Engineering industry?
I started my career working on major tunnelling projects around Sydney, including Northconnex and Westconnex. These projects allowed me to take part in the construction of Australia’s longest and deepest road tunnels, reaching a depth of 90 metres beneath the surface. From there I ventured into new opportunities working on highway upgrades, allowing me to experience more of what Civil Engineering has to offer.
What influenced you to choose this career path?
Since I was young, I was fascinated by seeing complex structures and always wondered how they were built. Engineering allows me to not only be a part of that process but also to see it step by step and know that I’m constructing something that will benefit many people and communities in the future.
"Never doubt what you can do because you can do anything you set your mind to." says Mariam to young female graduates.
What is the best thing about working in the Engineering Industry?
Witnessing a project come to life from barely anything, usually transforming from a patch of dirt to infrastructure used by millions of people in their everyday life, and seeing how everything comes together to make it happen.
Would you recommend this career to young females about to graduate high school?
Absolutely, if you are interested in the background of how things are built behind the scene and how it becomes a great-looking end product, then this career is for you.
What advice would you give to female graduates starting work in a male-dominated industry?
Have confidence in your abilities and speak up, don’t be shy to ask questions or to challenge ideas. And choose a mentor that you are comfortable with to help guide you through if you face difficulties.