Title:  Project Engineer - Pipeline

Job Number:  19076

Cairns City, QLD, AU, 4870

About John Holland:

At John Holland, our purpose is simple, we transform lives with everything we do. We've always known that at its heart, infrastructure is about people - our customers, our employees, and their communities in which we work. 


That's our difference. Deep experience and capability with a genuine care about creating better lives for people along the way. 


Be part of a team that thrives on rising to the challenge of transforming lives for good. 

About the Project:

John Holland has been awarded the $300m Draper Road Water Treatment Plant and Pipelines project to deliver a new drinking water supply to the Cairns community. The scope includes the following:


  • Draper Road water treatment plant (DRWTP) – capacity of 60 megalitres (ML)/day
  • An 8 ML clear water reservoir (at RL 122 m AHD) delivering treated water into the trunk network and earthworks to accommodate future construction of a 5 ML high-level service reservoir (at RL 116 m AHD)
  • Construction of an all-weather access road from the DRWTP to the reservoir sites. Mulgrave River intake (Stage 1) and raw water main delivering 20 ML/day of raw water to the DRWTP. 
  • Upgrade to the existing Behana Creek intake and pipeline upgrades, augmentations and extensions to the Behana Creek intake treated water supply main to deliver 44ML/day raw water to the new DRWTP.
  • Treated water delivery main works (including relevant valving) delivering water from the proposed DRWTP to Council’s existing trunk water main network located in the Bruce Highway. 
  • Reticulation main works to service communities (Aloomba) and properties located south of the Mulgrave River, within Gordonvale
  • New power, telecommunications, and data services to the DRWTP, the Mulgrave River raw water intake and the Behana Creek raw water intake.
  • Numerous Cane Rail crossings along with HDD and Thrust Bores under roads and water

About the role:

We are looking for a highly driven Project Engineer with pipeline experience to join our close knit team based on site in Gordonvale, Cairns, QLD.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Coordinate and administer construction engineering activities to ensure that projects are implemented in accordance with plans, designs and specifications
  • Assist with the preparation of site construction budgets and reports
  • ­Monitor construction progress for adherence to programme and report to the Area Manager
  • ­Interpret designs for implementation in construction projects
  • ­Demonstrate financial management skills and commercial acumen when making decisions
  • ­Assign work and assist with reviews for accuracy and adherence to required standards
  • ­Execute working knowledge of contractual and legislation relevant to the project
  • Undertake quantitative and qualitative safety, environment and quality risk assessment to ensure acceptable quality of structures and finishes
  • Analyse and use document and record management, progress and project performance reporting compliance reporting ­
  • Demonstrate sound people management skills by managing work and performance of subcontractors to achieve outcomes ­

To be successful in this key role, you must have:

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Previous civil or mechanical project engineering experience delivering pipeline projects
  • Knowledge of civil construction standards, codes and regulations
  • Experience with scoping, tendering, engagement and site management of civil subcontractors
  • Strong communication and organisational skills
  • Able to work and integrate into a team

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives

Your success is reflected in ours, so we're committed to being an employer of choice. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workplace, as different perspectives and ideas will deliver our long-term success.


We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority.

What's in it for you when you join John Holland?

We're about connecting your sense of purpose to ours. We understand that your career is one of the biggest ways to have an impact on the world. We also believe in supporting you as a whole person, not just an employee.


We reward and support our people in so many ways. This starts with being flexible about how different people like to work. From industry-leading leave policies to wellbeing and relationship support, your needs sit at the heart of our employee benefits.

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration with salary continuance, and salary sacrifice options.
  • Great leave benefits including 18 weeks paid parental leave with super and up to an extra 18 weeks of super paid on further periods of unpaid parental leave, multicultural leave exchange and two extra days to prioritise your wellbeing.
  • Career progression underpinned by our exciting pipeline of work means you'll have the opportunity to work on iconic projects that are shaping cities and communities.
  • Learning and development opportunities where you’ll have access to emerging talent programs, building your career through clear career pathways, plus technical and leadership training and development opportunities.
  • Inclusion, diversity and equity is part of how we work. We want everyone at John Holland to feel that they belong – that’s why we’re working hard every day to foster a more inclusive culture, backed by a business-wide inclusion strategy to bring about meaningful change. We’ve also got active employee resource groups that support our commitments including those around gender equality and reconciliation.
  • Flexible working that works for you as we know flexibility means different things to different people. Whether its flexi-hours, flexi-parenting, flexi-leave, flexi-shifts, flexi-work, we're committed to helping our people work flexibly.

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