Broadspectrum’s leaders: Drew Lehmann
Celebrating our people
This is an occasional series about Broadspectrum’s leaders. By sharing their stories, it’s an opportunity to celebrate our people, their successes and their diversity. In the words of inaugural interviewee, Karen O’Driscoll, “Our leaders have real lives too, and have had learned through challenges, successes and mistakes that they can share with a wider audience.”
Graduates have the world at their feet, and Broadspectrum’s graduate program, #SpectrumGrad, has provided career stepping stones for many, including Drew Lehmann.
Drew transitioned from Broadspectrum’s two-year graduate program to a permanent role during 2019.
“I started with Broadspectrum in 2017, when I finished my mechanical engineering degree at Griffith University.
I had no idea where I wanted to work and apply my degree, but I liked the idea of Broadspectrum’s graduate program with its three rotations,” she said.
Broadspectrum’s graduate program gave Drew the opportunity to explore her interests, learn from a range of experts within the business, and work across a diverse client list before deciding on where she wanted to take her career.
During the program, Drew worked with Defence at Albury Wodonga, the QGC contract in the Surat Basin, and in the Operational Excellence and Innovation team based in the North Sydney office.
Drew is now working as an engineer in the TRACE joint venture between Broadspectrum and Actemium. TRACE provides onshore operations maintenance services to INPEX’s facilities in the Northern Territory.
“I liked resources as an industry, so I was pleased to join TRACE as a permanent employee,” she said.
Drew is part of the planning and scheduling team, who review and prepare maintenance activities for the Liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing plant.
“The biggest challenge I’ve faced is the sheer scale of the site, but I’m enjoying learning about the processes on site, the plant and the industry as a whole.”
When asked about being a female engineer in a male dominated environment, Drew said, “I’ve never found it to be a challenge. I’ve been lucky to work on teams where everyone is embraced and welcome.
“There are quite a few women on site, across all the roles. But there are less women in the engineering roles.”
The other challenge Drew has faced this past year was moving to Darwin. “The city is fun, and I joined a Brazilian jiujitsu gym, which I’m very passionate about.”
“But I miss beaches where you can actually swim,” she said.
Drew is an advocate of looking for the opportunities that will challenge you. “To other young people who are starting their career, I would recommend taking opportunities and challenges which seem daunting. A graduate program is a great way to develop and learn.”
Learn more about the #SpectrumGrad program.