At Design & Build we’re very fortunate to have a team dedicated to understanding all they can about the people, companies and trends within their recruitment sector. This is not by chance. Our consultants know that building trust starts with researching and sharing our gained knowledge across the Australian talent marketplace.
This week we have sat down with Luke Thompson, our Mechanical & Electrical Recruitment Specialist, to get a deep dive into what’s happening in the M&E market and share some advice for M&E candidates.
Take it away Luke…
According to Federal Government's JobOutlook.com.au website, there are likely to be around 8,000 Mechanical & Electrical job openings over the next 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year). As a recruiter, what are your thoughts on the growth of the Mechanical & Electrical talent pool?
It's great to see that the M&E market is expected to continue its buoyancy. I’ve personally been very busy over the last couple of years. It would be interesting to see what level of seniority these positions would be at. We’re seeing lots of young, talented engineers coming through from the likes of UTS & UNSW. Conversely, there is still a distinct lack of talent at the Senior end of the market, especially D&C Contractor focused Engineers.
What advice would you give to an experienced Mechanical or Electrical Engineer who is entering the talent market for the first time in several years?
If you’re coming into the employment market for the first time in a number of years, the first thing that you could be tempted to do is start firing resumes across to positions on SEEK. My advice would be to be a bit more careful about where you’re sending your resume, and ideally speak to a few agencies and then choose one recruiter to work within finding your next position.
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What are some of the standout strategies employers within the Mechanical & Electrical industry are utilising to attract and retain the best talent?
More and more companies in the mechanical & electrical industry are spending time and money on their digital presence in order to help with both talent attraction & their overall perception of the market. If you’ve got a professional on-line presence, this can definitely help with talent attraction. Recruiters also play a huge role in companies identifying & attracting top talent.
Even with all the money being spent on transport infrastructure, Sydney can still be a nightmare in getting to and from work.
I’ve seen more companies encouraging flexible working hours & working from home options for their workers. People care about flexible working, and companies offering this will see positive effects on both their attraction and retention of employees.
A client asks you in a consultation meeting "Luke, what is the number one motivator Mechanical & Electrical candidates have to change jobs?", what do you say?
Whilst every one person is different, the main motivator I see from the people I place into permanent positions is career progression – whether that be into more senior positions, or the ability to work on larger more interesting projects.
What are the top 3 Mechanical & Electrical opportunities you are working on right now and what makes them unique?
The first is a Senior Mechanical Engineering role with a tier 1 mechanical contractor. This is a particularly interesting one due to the focus being predominantly in the data centre market, one which is growing in NSW.
Secondly, I’m working on a Senior Electrical Engineering role with a tier 1 electrical contracting company where the right candidate will get exposure to some of the best projects in both Buildings & Infrastructure.
The final great role I’m working on is a Senior HVAC Construction Project Management role with a tier 2 company. These guys are clinical in the execution of their jobs, utilising all of the latest Building Information modelling into their design & construction processes.
Are you an M&E professional with a burning career question? Or a building contractor looking for the best talent? Connect with Luke today on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0468 958 529.
The Company This company are a privately owned Aussie tier 1 business who pride themselves on doing things the right way. They've been in the market for over 30 years, and provide one of the best working environments in the Fire Contracting industry. They have an impressive pipeline of marquee tier 1 D&C jobs and a strong team of engineers, drafters & project managers. The Role Provide daily support to the Project Manager / Contract Administrator Project specific documentation Assist with variations / claims Client and stakeholder management Support team with tender packages and contracts. Assist with payroll, AP/AR and invoicing. To be considered for this role you must have: Proven experience in a Project Admin, Project Coordinator, Contract Admin or similar related position Knowledge of construction project management systems and processes Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Sound computer literacy, intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, PPT) and experience using Office 365 & SharePoint. Ideally have knowledge and experience with Aconnex Passion for construction / engineering. Australian citizen or permanent resident. In return for your skills you will be provided with a great opportunity to lead a small team and grow and develop your management skills. An exceptional package is on offer for the successful candidate. Take this opportunity to work with a group of leading professionals. For any questions relating to this role please contact Luke Thompson on 0468 958 529/ Luke@designandbuild.com.au or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential.
The Company Your new company are Australia's premier builder, owner & operator of Data Centers. They've been through a seriously impressive period of growth over the last 12 months, and the next 12 months look to be just as busy. They've attracted top candidates from Australia's leading Building, Services & Facilities Management companies & are looking to expand their Services team. The Role This is an outstanding opportunity for either an Electrical or Mechanical HVAC Service technician or supervisor to move across from contractor or service provider side to the client side. Day to day you will be; Using previous knowledge & experience in a critical facility to manage & coordinate external services contractors who will maintain & repair the data center's mechanical, electrical & fire protection infrastructure. Undertake daily site reviews & ensure all infrastructure is operating correctly. Providing estimated timelines for repairs & lodging all maintenance service reports. Lead Root Cause Analysis reporting of equipment failures with suppliers & contractors. The Benefits Since the company are looking to double in size over the next 12 months, you will have opportunities to progress your career quickly that you won't find elsewhere. Rather than a contractor or a service provider you will become the client & part of a top company. You'll work on a 4 day on 4 day off roster, giving you more quality time at home with your family. Work in Western Sydney in a single static location, meaning you'll spend less time on the road stuck in traffic. Receive a generous remuneration of circa $110,000 + super. The Person We're looking for someone with a Mechanical HVAC or Electrical trade background with experience servicing & maintaining critical infrastructure assets, ideally within a data center. You should be comfortable supervising & coordinating staff, contractors & suppliers. In an ideal world you will have experience operating BMS or EMS systems. Critical that we have someone with Australian Citizenship & the ability to obtain an NV1 Security clearance. If you would like to find out more information about this opportunity please click apply now, call Luke on 0468 958 529 or e-mail him at email@example.com