Ignite Graduate Program

Our comprehensive Ignite Graduate Program will provide a robust foundation for your career in construction. 

Over the course of our graduate program, you’ll develop a strong understanding of how different departments, clients and contractors work collaboratively to deliver exceptional outcomes. You’ll also have opportunities to build on your knowledge from a wide range of external training resources, all with the aim of helping you get ahead. You’ll gain exposure to a wide range of construction projects; from large community projects, to even larger city-defining infrastructure and structures projects. 

Working side by side with senior management and specially selected mentors, you’ll be immersed in a live project environment right from the start. 

Growing together

The Symal journey starts with your induction into our Ignite Graduate Program. You’ll start work on one or more of the program units and we’ll work with you to decide the best way to integrate them into your live project work.

In no time you’ll feel more comfortable, with ongoing support from your mentor, as well as meeting the Symal senior leadership team at a graduate welcome lunch.

Where will your skills take you?

While our program is geared towards engineering graduates, we invite graduates in business management, safety, quality and environmental studies, human resources, accounting and law to apply. Whatever your qualification, what you’ll need most is a passion for construction.

The Symal journey

Anyone can be a stakeholder in a project – from customers, partners, investors or governments, to members of the community and traditional landowners. Their influence can have positive, and negative, effects on any project, so it’s important to engage them in a positive way, to manage their expectations, demands or feedback.

Time management is a critical component of project management. Programming is a process/tool used in construction to help teams manage time, sequencing activities and allocating resources on a project.

Civilex provides an in-house survey department who offers spatial and construction survey services for all our projects. The survey team is involved in the project from initial works to practical completion.

Procurement is the engagement of subcontractors and suppliers required to deliver a project. It’s crucial to successful project delivery, with financial wins or losses, often determined in the procurement phase.

Contracts and their management are a key success factor of any project, affecting areas from quality of work, outcomes, and relationships, to risk management and finances. Contract management includes activities performed after a contract has been awarded, and the monitoring and assessing of how well we’re performing to meet its requirements.

Estimating is at the forefront of an organisation’s success. This core function establishes the foundation of our projects and has direct influence on project outcomes – there’s a fine balance between risk management and maintaining market competitiveness. Through the tendering process, an estimator gains a full understanding of a project, visualising the task in hand and helping us quickly scope a proposal.

Health, safety, environment and quality management are key business elements practised by Civilex to ensure we meet our contractual, legislative and accreditation obligations.

Members of the Symal project management team play an integral role in ensuring the HSEQ components of the project are executed to the required standards.

Financial management is a key process in managing a successful project. Keeping a project on budget leads to the best outcomes for customers and communities, while enabling us to continue to invest in the business, and our people.

Leadership is a decision, not a position. As a graduate, you are on a career pathway to management and leadership. During this journey you will face many opportunities to step up and lead a team through challenging situations, while maintaining excellent relationships.

Communication is more about what is heard and understood than what is said.

The best leaders know this, tailoring their communication to suit their audience. Great communicators understand how style, tone, approach, medium and language impact what is understood, and the outcome.

Relationships work best when they’re mutually rewarding. When working with clients, partners and stakeholders, it’s important to strike the balance between protecting our interests and getting what you want, while maintaining good relationships.


The application process

Our Ignite Graduate Program offers a great career foundation for graduates from a diverse range of fields. All you need is a passion for the construction industry and the ability to demonstrate leadership, drive and determination, team commitment, attention to detail, time management, interpersonal skills, adaptability, resilience and respect.

Applications open in February each year for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia or New Zealand in the last two years.

Successful applicants will officially join our Ignite Graduate Program in the February after graduation.

How to apply

Applications for the Ignite graduate program are currently closed. You can keep up to date with future intakes by signing up to our mailing list below.

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