Principal Project Manager
RP Project Management
Jaswant has more than 35 years’ experience in the Northern Territory in various capacities that include Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering, Project Management, and Dispute Resolution. Jaswant’s undergraduate qualification is in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, he is a Principal Project Manager at RP Project Management.
Jaswant is also a Dispute Resolution Consultant for Lands Mining and Planning Tribunal, Department of Justice, and the Northern Territory Work Safe Department. He is a Qualified Arbitrator, Accredited Probity Advisor, a Registered Adjudicator for the Construction Contracts (Security of Payment) Act, and a Nationally Accredited Mediator through the National Mediator Accreditation System.
Jaswant is a Fellow and EngExec of Engineers Australia. He has volunteered with EA in a variety of roles – he was President of the EA Northern Division from 2014 to 2015, a member of the Mechanical College Board from 2013 to 2016, and is currently the Northern Representative to the College of Leadership and Management. His engineering heroes include Captain Robert Pearson, who captained the safe landing of Air Canada Flight 143 on a Boeing 767 in 1983, and Captain Chelsey Sullenbuger, who captained the safe landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on an Airbus 320 in 2009. While these two pilots may not be engineers, they used engineering principles to save the aircrafts and passengers.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been involved with volunteering with EA since 2006 or maybe 2007. My first position was as an ordinary committee member. This turned into my election into the Mechanical College Board of EA and then as the President of EA Northern.
Why did you become a volunteer?
During the early years of my career, I was fortunate to have several mentors who happened to be volunteers at Engineers Australia in various capacities. When I thanked them, one replied, “Do not thank me. If you feel you have learnt or benefitted from what I did, just do it for someone else when you can.”
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
One of my supervisors during my early years said, “you can never learn enough.” And I somehow relate that to my experience about being a volunteer. I am still learning and enjoying every minute of it, especially when I see all that energy from the younger generation of engineers (Young Engineers Australia) that keep me going.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I cannot specifically pinpoint any one event, but if I must pick one, it was when my son decided to study engineering. Maybe he saw value in what the profession does for the community.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My experience in Engineering Design, Engineering Construction, Leadership and Management, Manufacturing and Dispute Resolution made my work as a volunteer with Engineers Australia a lot easier, as I believe I brought a tailored skill set into the mix.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
It can be difficult at times but if you plan well it can work out well. Remember the saying, “if you Fail to Plan, you Plan to Fail.”
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Just do it. It is rewarding even if nobody comes up to thank you or congratulate you. Just remember it is always important to make sure you are content and satisfied of what you do rather than what other people think or perceive.
Image: courtesy of Jaswant Deo