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Have you ever considered a career in engineering?


Mally Venkataramu, Principal Engineer from the Operations team in the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) South Coast Region, reckons you should.

The responsibilities of an engineer at TMR are broad, and can include planning and design of transport infrastructure, using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and working on projects spanning the entire state. Mally describes her role in TMR as dynamic and collaborative, working with people both inside the department and external experts, to deliver Intelligent Transport Systems outcomes. 

Mally believes the future of work as an engineer will have a heavy focus on sustainability and flexibility. 

“I think we will be striving to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 by optimising the home office, health and safety, and the organisation and protocols required for a dispersed work ecosystem.”

One of the great things about working for a government department such as TMR is the emphasis on good work-life balance. Mally’s a fan of getting active after work. 

“Sports is the greatest physical and mental stressbuster, so I participate in social badminton and associated tournaments and that boosts my mental health. I also love being a part of the festive celebrations within the local Indian community; it allows me to let loose with all the dancing!”

Mally was also the recipient of one of TMR’s internal recognition programs to recognise excellence in 2023 (pictured).

TMR relies heavily on a wide variety of employees with STEM skills to deliver our many programs of works. Women only make up 13 percent of engineers in Australia, which is why we developed our Women in Engineering (WiE) initiative, which aims to address this imbalance. Engineering is an exciting and rewarding career, so it’s worth considering!