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Meet Kent Evans


Graduate Site Engineer.

Job description: 

As a graduate site engineer I spend my days planning, overseeing and checking works. In my job I work as part of a team of people, each with different strengths. We take ideas from the design engineers in the form of drawings and make these into reality. I spend my time figuring out problems in a logical way, using the maths and physics I learnt in school to make informed decisions on how to build bridges in a way that is safe, good value for money and will last longer than either you or I will be alive.

Work background: 

After finishing uni last year this is my first year in a full time role as an engineer. 

Favourite part of job: 

Using the maths and physics I learnt at school and uni to work out real life problems and see the numbers I work out actually equate to something which I can see being built.

Least favourite part of job: 

There is a bit of monotonous paperwork that has to be done in order to make sure all our boxes are ticked, this can be a bit confusing and boring at times.

What I am working on now: 

At the moment I am working on a range of jobs. After just 6 months out of uni I am being given a huge amount of responsibility taking over the building of the decks, diaphragms and barriers on the bridges. I am currently overseeing the construction of the first bridge expansion joint on the job, although a much smaller job this is proving to be just as difficult, if not more than what seem like much bigger jobs.

A quick story about a job well done: 

As an intern on the project last summer I had a few moments where I used my freshly learnt engineering knowledge from uni to prove useful. In one instance I was left alone by the site engineer looking after me to level up a 70 tonne concrete crosshead on a crane. This involved calculating the angles and lengths of rigging gear so that the crosshead sat at a 6% crossfall. I managed to get it on my first try which I was pretty stoked about.


BE(Hons) Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Interests outside work: 
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Tramping
  • Working on my car
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Basically anything outdoors


Meet Kent Evans, a Graduate Site Engineer with the Well Connected Alliance. Image: NZTA.