Josh Blackmore, Graduate Engineer Electrical, joined WSP in January 2019 as part of the Building Services team in Ōtautahi | Christchurch.
He chose to start his career at WSP because he wanted a company that provides development and values and invests in its people.
“The level of technical and commercial expertise within this company is incredible,” he said. ”I am fortunate to be surrounded by technical thought leaders with a wealth of experience and a willingness to share.”
Josh said he enjoys the collaborative nature of the business. In his role, he works with architects, project manager and engineers from several disciplines to create solutions for our clients.
“Together we deliver innovative and sustainable building solutions for sites across the country,” he said. “It’s hugely empowering to see the designs we put on paper turn into high-functioning buildings that will serve communities for many years to come.”
Beyond his role, Josh is part of the Ōtautahi People and Culture Focus Group. He said the group celebrates the diverse range of people that make up WSP, grows our collective understanding and empathy for different backgrounds and makes the office an all-round brilliant place to work.
He also works with the Christchurch Social Committee and chairs the Christchurch Building Services Social Committee. He said the committees provide a range of inclusive social events, fostering a friendly and supportive company culture.
Josh shares about his workday as a WSP Graduate:
My morning starts on two wheels. The city is quickly becoming a great place to cycle around, and I find that a quick blast on the legs and the lungs sets me up well for the day. Plus, it’s good for the environment! Our Christchurch office sits across the road from Hagley Park, and cycling through the gardens is a rather picturesque way to start my day.
Cracking into work, my first task is to update a lighting model for a new primary school we’re designing. Our team does a lot of work in the education space. It’s pretty cool to know you’re making a tangible difference to the future of this country by providing world-class teaching facilities for future generations of New Zealanders.
It’s time for my monthly catch up with my mentor, Technical Principle Mike Dent. WSP has a mentorship scheme that pairs new graduates with experienced professionals to help us develop personally and professionally. Today Mike and I are mapping out my technical capabilities and identifying gaps that I need to work on.
I head into a meeting room for our monthly team brief. Our Building Services Manger updates us on company news, including any exciting news about new projects we may get to work on in the future.
Today our team is running a Plate of Origin shared lunch. We’re celebrating the diverse backgrounds present in our team through sharing a bit of kai from all over the world. Our breakroom looks right out to the Southern Alps. It’s a great spot to catch your breath for a moment, share a meal with friends and check out the snow for the weekend ahead.
I’ve come up against a tricky problem in my design, so I’m seeking the advice of Senior Engineer Clement Wong. It’s great to know I have his experience to consult if I ever feel out my depth.
This afternoon I’m heading out to site to discuss one of my designs with a client. I enjoy having direct contact with the people we design for, because we can ensure our solution best matches their expectations. We also try to minimise the impact our work has on the environment, so I take one of our snazzy EVs for the trip.
Work is done for the day, and now it’s time to pop across the road for our weekly social touch game. It’s a great way to get to know my colleagues outside of work and to keep myself fit.