FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Senior Asset Management Engineer
Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Subhrajit has more than twenty-five years of experience in civil and structural engineering design, construction, and project management. He possesses extensive experience in detail design, assessment, and project management of heavy industrial, commercial, and residential structures, as well as towers and onshore marine structures.
Subhrajit started his career in India as a Civil Engineer, after completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of North Bengal. His keen interest in Structural Engineering led him to complete an MSc (Structures) at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). Subhrajit worked in India and Malaysia prior to migrating to Australia in 2003. Subhrajit also completed an MBA (Executive) from RMIT University Melbourne in 2016.
Subhrajit is currently a Senior Asset Management Engineer with Tasmanian Ports Corporation (TasPorts). Prior to TasPorts, Subhrajit was a Senior Structural Engineer with GHD.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been volunteering with Engineers Australia since 2009. My first position was a committee member of the EA North-West Tasmania Group. I was in the committee for five years, including two years as Chair. Since 2017, I have been mentoring in the EA Chartered Mentor and Peer Support Group in the North-West Tasmania.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I have always enjoyed being people-oriented. Volunteering with EA opened opportunities to interact with other people in the profession, openly and productively. I also saw volunteering as an opportunity to enhance my knowledge and competencies through knowledge sharing. I also hoped some people would benefit from me through the principle of reciprocity.
What do you most enjoy about being a volunteer?
I enjoy feeling and observing that some of my knowledge and experience can be useful to others. I also enjoy engaging in collaborative reflective practice with my mentees, looking for “Chartered Evidence” (evidence that can be used in the Chartered application process) while trying to recover and interpret relevant parts of their knowledge and experience through critical thinking. Often this involves storytelling and communicating each other the meaning of the stories from different perspectives. These allow me to take fresh perspectives back to my work and life and strengthen ties with the mentees.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I feel proud to be part of the transformational process of the mentees, whereby within a relatively short period they learn how to bridge the knowing doing gap that often exists with regards to the some of the key competencies that are integral to gaining and maintaining Chartered status. Most mentees agreed with me that the EA Guidelines on Professional Conduct should be embedded in their character like a 24×7 dashboard.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
Throughout my career as an engineer, I have learnt to be patient while trying to leverage diversity, facilitate collaboration, and benefit from reflective practice and critical thinking. I enjoy listening to and facilitating individual discussion with mentees to understand their perspectives in terms of their long-term goals. I rely heavily on these strengths to facilitate interactive discussions, and share knowledge with enthusiasm that lead to creation of new knowledge for my mentees and me. I tend to be patient with the people I work with. I think any kind of transformation requires some kind of unfreezing and refreezing that cannot be achieved without patience and perseverance.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
My employers have always been very supportive of me, most likely from their strong sense of social responsibility. I try to commit to only what are realistic and achievable, keeping in mind that my quality time with my family should never be compromised.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to get involved and generate values for other people in the profession and the community. Engineers Australia provides an excellent platform to members to make productive contributions to society through application of talent, knowledge, skills and good work ethics. Volunteering is a powerful enabler as it fosters collaboration by building trusted relationship. Volunteering creates values to others by enhancing their competencies and self-confidence. However, one should always ensure that one’s family remains the top priority.