Civil engineer Peter Moore is grateful to engineering for showing him the world — and allowing him to help it in return.
Peter Moore CPEng, CEO of the engineering, procurement and construction company Monford Group, grew up in South Wales – and that, he told create, is where his appreciation for engineering developed.
“It was quite an industrial part of the world,” he said. “I was always surrounded by large infrastructure projects, whether that be ports, steelworks, freeways or building structures.”
But it was engineering that took him away from home too — one of the projects he is most proud of from his early career is the second bridge crossing of the River Severn, which divides Wales from England.
“It was an exciting challenge to have, because you are building a piece of infrastructure that millions of people are going to use in the years to come,” he said.
“I can remember the day that the project opened. I watched a flood of traffic disappear down the road over the bridge. It’s quite a rewarding experience to say that you were part of that.”
“I look back with fondness at what engineering has done for me,” he said. “It’s enabled me to live and work in many different parts of the world; it’s one of those vocations that is easily transferable into different places.”
Having recently concluded a four-year stint as CEO Melchor Contracting, he’s taken on a new challenge leading the Monford Group, and he’s excited to help the company solidify its national presence in Australia.
“From my perspective, it’s about making sure that we cement that national footprint, take advantage of the opportunities in the renewable sector, and to grow the business around that,” he said.
“Monford Group has actually done more megawatts in renewables [projects] on the east coast than it’s done on the west coast.”
Moore also wants to see the business capitalise on its opportunities in the renewables sector.
“From an industry perspective, there is a real drive … to expand the renewables capabilities of various different government entities and the private sector,” he said.
Moore is a Chartered engineer, and he says the accreditation reflects the importance of career-long learning.
“You’ve always got to challenge yourself to consistently improve, and to consistently improve, you must continually learn,” he said. “If you have Chartered status, it proves to the industry and your colleagues that you are dedicated to continuing to learn in your discipline.”
Moore’s tips for career success
- Engineering teaches you how to make decisive decisions, and those principles will prepare you for management positions.
- Work hard at your craft.
- Stay open to new technologies.
- Listening is important; don’t go into a room thinking you already have the answer.
- Keep an open mind.
Benefits of being Chartered
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