Kelley Covey Group
Ben Mobilio is currently a structural and civil engineer working in Regional NSW across residential, commercial, mining, industrial and environmental projects. Graduating from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil and Infrastructure, Ben’s wide-ranging career has also encompassed local government engineering, environmental monitoring and mining geomechanics.
Ben is passionate about the engineering and social challenges facing rural and isolated communities and encouraging STEM programs to broaden opportunities and networks for regional students.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I joined the 2018 committee for the Newcastle Division – Northern Group, after attending a few events in 2017. Since then I’ve stepped up to the chairperson role.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I’ve previously volunteered on other industry and charitable committees for organisations such as AusIMM and Rotary and have volunteered at STEM events for students. Upon re-joining as a member of Engineers Australia, I was keen to meet fellow engineers from across the region and encourage more young people into a career in engineering.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I enjoy the interaction with other engineers from across North-West NSW discussing the opportunities and challenges for engineers and major projects in our region. I equally enjoy connecting with other group Chairs within the Newcastle Division; these have presented opportunities to deliver better events for our members in the Northern Group.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
With some members in our region travelling up to 4 hours to attend events in 2019, going into 2020, I was keen to deliver local webinar content to our members. I’m very proud that we are delivering our first webinar from Tamworth in February.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
In my current role, interaction with local government and industries throughout the region has produced numerous contacts for the organising of site visits and events for our members. It has also provided opportunities to engage with transient site and project engineers about local events and CPD opportunities.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
My workplace is very supportive of volunteering for the profession and developing and encouraging students into engineering careers. The flexibility of calling in to meetings and the amazing support from EA staff helps to avoid any conflict between work and volunteering activities.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering is a proactive way of giving back to the profession, while strengthening your network and broadening your knowledge.
Image: courtesy of Ben Mobilio