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Engineering leading the community by Bill Marmion MLA

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Engineering leading the community by Bill Marmion MLA

  1. 1. Engineering: Leading the Community
  2. 2. Community Leadership and Engineering Skills Bill Marmion B.E. FIE Aust PARLIAMENTRY SECRETARY TO THE PREMIER AND MINISTER FOR STATE DEVELOPMENT
  3. 3. My Topic <ul><li>How engineers can use their skills in the broader community and </li></ul><ul><li>How I have used my engineering skills in a variety of jobs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Engineering Skills Very broad range of skills developed even at university <ul><li>Analysis/Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Report writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Course Presentation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Delivering/Working under Pressure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Engagement with Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University Clubs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EA Student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eng vs Law ‘Tug of War’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practical Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacation Employment </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Skills Developed in Early Professional Years <ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost Control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Options Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procurement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post – Project Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People Management </li></ul><ul><li>Letter Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul>
  6. 6. Consider Other Professions <ul><li>Law </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Arguably </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Engineering Provides A Broader Set of Skills to Solve Community Problems” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We under-sell ourselves” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Some of My Other Past Roles <ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UWA Tennis Club - President (‘75/’76) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St George’s College Club -Treasurer (‘76) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Derby Tennis Club - Treasurer (‘79) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St George’s College Council – -Board Member (‘89-’91) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YMCC Hockey Club - President (‘04-’08) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Engineering Australia Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>South West Division – EA – Secretary (‘77-’78) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management Panel Chairman (‘88) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Society for Engineering Mgt National Board (‘89) - Member </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Divisional Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Member ( 2 periods) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>President (‘99) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WA Chairman (‘07) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Excellence Awards Chairman (‘06-’08) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Selected Career Roles <ul><li>Engineer (Planning, Design, Construction) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day Labour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract Supervision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commissioner's Technical Aide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Roads </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value for Money Auditor (Auditor General) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Management Coordinator (Main Roads) </li></ul><ul><li>Chief of Staff – Minister for Health </li></ul><ul><li>WA Govt Rep </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standing Committee on Treaties (SCOT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inter-Government Committee on Ecological Sustainable Development (ICESD) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Director Capital City Development Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman Graffiti Taskforce </li></ul><ul><li>Director Premiers Office – Acting Chief of Staff for Premier. </li></ul><ul><li>Deputy Chairman – Australian Honours Selection Committee For WA </li></ul>
  9. 9. Some Personal Career Challenges <ul><li>Main Roads  Auditor General (1988) </li></ul><ul><li>Main Roads  Chief of Staff for Min.Health (1993) </li></ul><ul><li>WA Position – Senate Inquiry s.53(xviii) of the Constitution (1995) </li></ul><ul><li>President of WA Division of Engineers Aust.(1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Public Servant  Private Sector (2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Private Sector  Politician (2008) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Role as Politician <ul><li>Member for Nedlands – local issues </li></ul><ul><li>Member of Parliament – Govt issues </li></ul><ul><li>Parl. Sec. To Premier </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Min Council International Trade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreshore Development Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northbridge Link Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parl Sec Minister for Mines & Pet. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mining Legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fisheries!!!!!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chairman Freight & Logistics Council WA </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lessons Learnt <ul><li>Don’t Take the Easy Road </li></ul><ul><li>Accept Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Trust Your Own Instincts </li></ul><ul><li>Someone Has To Do It – Why Not You? </li></ul><ul><li>Life Isn’t Always Comfortable </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to Say “NO” or Learn to say Yes </li></ul>
  12. 12. WA Engineers in Public Service <ul><li>Leaders in WA Government </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kim Taylor (Dept of Water) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sue Murphy (Water Corporation) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Menno Henneveld (Main Roads) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Doug Aberle (Western Power) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Richard Mann (Major Projects Office) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Govt Boards </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phil Harvey (GESB) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>University Leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jim Gill (Curtin University) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Government of WA </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ken Michael </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure Australia </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sir Rod Eddington </li></ul></ul></ul>

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