Meet Rod Pratt

What’s it like to be a structural engineer with Northrop? What opportunities are available to you? Here’s associate, Rod Pratt’s story....

Meet Rod Pratt

Above: Video filmed for Northrop by Szanskifilm
 
Transcript
 
Northrop's a great place to work. It's probably the first thing I would say.
 
My name is Rod Pratt. I'm a structural engineer in the Wollongong office of Northrop. I'm also an associate of the company. I've been with Northrop for the last ten years.
 
I grew up in Kiama, so I've been surfing three times a day since I was a little kid. And I always did want to have that beach lifestyle.
 
I began my career as an engineer back mid-way through university. I started as a cadet at my local council. At the end of my time at University I secured a graduate position at Northrop. I knew that I didn't want to be in council, I wanted to get out into the private sector and become an engineer; not just doing things to do with engineering.
 
I got thrown in the deep end when I started as a graduate.
 
After a couple of months, I was attending meetings, I was talking to clients, I was talking to architects. Obviously doing a lot of site work.
 
Now when I say I got thrown in the deep end, it was literally, I was being given stuff that I didn't know how to do, but then I was helped in my process of learning how to get those things done.
 
It forced me to get those skills a whole lot quicker.
 
In 2010 I was managing large projects. 2012 I became an associate of the company. In 2013 I became a group manager within the structural section of Sydney. Which I've been doing until now, having moved down to Wollongong office as a group manager there.
 
I love being able to help people.
 
Being the person who's able to unlock a problem or provide some guidance that's helped a junior engineer on their way. I get a real kick out of that.
 
We have a lot of good people here. They perform very well. The people we have here are the kind of people who'll see opportunities and take them. They take responsibility, they have ownership over their jobs, and we give them the autonomy and the freedom to be able to do their job however they'd like.
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PRINCIPAL, STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
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