Grant Maher

FIEAust

Façade Lead (Northern Division)

AECOM

Grant is the Northern Division Façade Lead for AECOM; holds the honour of being the inaugural Chairman of the Indigenous Engineers Group and a Fellow within Engineers Australia, and is a proud descendant of the Gumbaynggirr and Biripi nations of Northern NSW.

Grant has worked across a wide range of projects and disciplines within the engineering field with extensive experience in Façades, ESD, Design Management, Procurement and Fabrication, gaining experience in both contracting and consulting roles whilst working on local and international projects within government, aviation, defence, residential and commercial sectors.

Further to Grant’s work, he helps to mentor young indigenous engineers and hopes to develop the Indigenous Engineers Group into a group that provides support, networking and developmental opportunities for current and future Indigenous Engineers.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been a volunteer with EA since 2015.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I took on the position as the inaugural Chair of the Indigenous Engineers Group – to establish and develop a new group to support and facilitate the development of indigenous engineers within EA and to expose the knowledge of engineering to indigenous people.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Being able to meet and engage with people outside of my normal working environment and share ideas on how to improve the overall development of engineering to the greater community.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
It would be getting the Indigenous Engineers Group up and running and now hosting our first event in July during NAIDOC week.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
Working with people from different disciplines with varying ideas and requirements has allowed me to be open to other people’s ideas on how things can be done and how their input and help can be used in varying ways to achieve the end goal.

Headshot of Grant Maher

How do you balance work and volunteering?
I look at the volunteering work I’m doing as a passion and a greater benefit to indigenous people, so for me it’s not hard to set aside time to do the tasks.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?Find something that you are not only interested in, but passionate about so it doesn’t become a task or chore to do, but something you really want to do for yourself and others.

Image: courtesy of Grant Maher