When Alex Sutherland was five years old, he learnt about his grandfather’s time with the Royal Engineers in WWII … he was immediately hooked!
Alex was determined to become an engineer, and came to Otago Polytechnic straight from high school. “I didn’t even realise a bachelor degree existed there. I was stoked with what I got. It offered a good balance between theory and practical elements” he says.
Fulton Hogan employed Alex midway through his degree. He worked full time during his holidays and started working as a contract engineer with them one week after finishing his degree. “I would’ve have started earlier, but I had to do jury duty” he jokes.
Alex is now doing a lot of project management with Fulton Hogan and plans to follow the company’s very clear career pathways.
Alex says he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Otago Polytechnic and is enthusiastic when talking to others determined on a future in engineering. “Just get into it and really pay attention. You might not think it applies, but it all does”.