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Big smoke beckons Mackay Engineering student

Rebekah Wilhelmi. Image supplied by CQU

While CQUni Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) student Rebekah Wilhelmi is bound for Brisbane, it’s not without leaving her professional mark on Mackay.

Set to graduate in August 2017, Rebekah was chuffed to learn The QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) had taken notice of her Honours project.

Rebekah’s paper explored chloride penetration of concrete made with waste concrete as recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) to reduce the need for concrete landfills, help preserve natural aggregate supplies and save contractors money.

“Excitingly, TMR believes my project is relevant to their ongoing use of recycled materials,” she said.

While studying, Rebekah was fortunate to gain a position as an Undergraduate Site Engineer with Vassallo Constructions in Mackay.

Through this opportunity, Rebekah was involved in several high-profile projects including the $18 million Mackay City Centre Revitalisation, the Sandy Gully upgrade project (Bowen) and the Hay Point intersection upgrade.

“Being a Mackay owned and operated organisation, Vassallo Constructions is proud to support hardworking, local students like Rebekah,” company Director Vic Vassallo said.

“With more than two decades’ worth of experience in the Mackay region, we’re keen to share our knowledge and opportunities with our next generation of Engineers rising through CQUni’s ranks.”

Rebekah said she was grateful for the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with such a prestigious and well-known Mackay construction company.

“I consistently focused on working my hardest and soaking up as much knowledge as possible to do my very best,” she said.

In Brisbane, Rebekah will take on the role of Graduate Civil Engineer at Arcadis – a global design and built asset consultancy organisation.

“I believe my practical site experience I acquired at Vassallo’s contributed to my selection for this position, as well as my values for honesty and my belief that working well with the client is extremely important,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to throwing myself into my career and learning as much as I can on the job.”

Source: CQU

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