Virtual work experience

Civil Construction Cadet

Start building your career in civil engineering and construction
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100+ students in the last 30 days

Ideal for

14-19

Commitment

10 hours

Outcome

Microcredentials

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Core skills you will gain:

Problem solving
Critical thinking
Geotechnical analysis
Civil/construction design
Creativity
Communication
Project management
Planning & organisation

Additional skills:

Problem solving
Critical thinking
Geotechnical analysis
Civil/construction design
Creativity
Communication
Project management
Planning & organisation

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Quantity Surveyors
Structural Engineer
Transport Engineer
Building and Plumbing Labourers
Architect

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At a glance

As a Civil Construction Cadet, you’ll gain exclusive insight into Inland Rail’s latest megaproject: the Toowoomba Tunnel Venture. Problem-solve the unique engineering challenges this tunnel poses and learn the foundational steps to making it a reality - from surveying and geotechnical analysis to excavation and tunnel legacy. You’ll gain access to industry mentors and Australia’s top engineers, to help you narrow down your career goals and nurture your passion for construction.

Discover Civil Construction

Beginner
2 hours

Discover what a day-in-the-life of a civil engineer looks like, explore the fundamental technical and soft skills you’ll need, and submit a job application for your upcoming project.

Conducting a site survey

Beginner
2 hours

Learn how site surveys are conducted and used in the planning stages of infrastructure construction projects. Navigate the unique topographical challenges of the Toowoomba ranges and deliver a report on your findings and recommendations.

Geotechnical investigation

Intermediate
2 hours

Explore the world of geotechnical engineering. Learn key techniques and processes involved in soil and rock sampling and how these factor into large-scale infrastructure projects. Finally, respond to unexpected sub-surface challenges and roadblocks during the excavation phase.

Future Ideas

Advanced
3 hours

Flex your creativity by coming up with your very own project that looks to the future and draws on developing technologies. Use your newfound civil construction and project management knowledge to innovate and inspire, then pitch your idea to industry experts.

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Inland Rail

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project connecting regional Australia to domestic and international markets.

Meet your mentors

Andrew Doe

Project Manager - Geotech

Nathan Roberts

TA Engineering Lead

Peter Sturwohld

Technical Director

Why Grandshake?

Gain real-world work experience anywhere, anytime. Meet industry mentors, discover career pathways, and join a national community.

Self-paced journey

Complete at your own speed, and gain progressive skills from beginner to advanced.

Video check-ins

Touch-base with a community facilitator and receive personalised guidance at every step of the experience.

Pitch your project

Boost your communication and project management skills in one go, and get key stakeholders on board with your idea. 

Receive mentor feedback

Network with industry mentors and receive one-on-one feedback on your projects. 

Industry-endorsed Microcredential

Receive digital proof of your experience and celebrate your accomplishment with future employers.

Join a national community of students from over 360+ schools

Get help from our community

Get personalised support and feedback from our team, mentors and fellow students.

Build your network

Make connections, discover career opportunities, and collaborate with humans from across Australia.

Real-life experiences

Gain practical skills and insights from a community of industry experts.

What students say

Students rate their Grand experience at 4.5/5 🌟

Claire H

Year 12

“I took every opportunity, and work experience was the perfect opportunity to better myself and help me figure out what I want to do after school.”

Arslan P

Year 10

“I did not know what I wanted to do and none of my friends are talking about what they want to do. Thanks to Grandshake I found my passion and sense of clarity.”

Darcey K

Year 12

“Through my first job shadowing, I landed a paid gig. I soon released the benefits of being employed during high school. I found other ways I can start my career and not go crazy about ATAR.”

David T

Year 11

“I found it difficult to interact with my school. But Grandshake was awesome and the work experience helped me develop a sense of responsibility and got me some experience I needed.”

Elaine Q

Year 10

"I absolutely loved this virtual work experience. I feel like I learned a lot, and everything I did learn I will be able to apply to anything I do in the future."

Audrey W

Year 12

"The team put so much effort into making sure you get a lot out of the experience. My favourite part was meeting with industry mentors, and it was really beneficial to see what a real industry career could look like. The experience has helped me with my decision making in year 12."

Monty B

Year 10

"Work experience has confirmed my passion for working in a particular field and motivated me to work hard to realise my dreams."

Oscar T

Year 12

"The Grandshake community has been very engaging and welcoming."

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Design thinking
Design thinking
Curiosity
Curiosity
Growth Mindset
Growth Mindset
Negotiation
Negotiation
Project planning
Project planning
Accountability
Accountability
Strategic planning
Strategic planning
Time management
Time management
Reliability
Reliability
Digital Design
Digital Design
Design
Design
Adaptability
Adaptability
Writing
Writing
Global awareness
Global awareness
Creative thinking
Creative thinking
Persistence
Persistence
Planning
Planning
Lateral thinking
Lateral thinking
Empathy
Empathy
Persuasion
Persuasion
Conversation
Conversation
Relationship building
Relationship building
Listening
Listening
Digital technology
Digital technology
Decision making
Decision making
Surveying
Surveying
Civil/construction design
Civil/construction design
Geotechnical analysis
Geotechnical analysis
Cultural awareness
Cultural awareness
Project management
Project management
Digital strategy
Digital strategy
Systems design
Systems design
Data analysis
Data analysis
Presentation
Presentation
Storytelling
Storytelling
Global & intercultural fluency
Global & intercultural fluency
Environmental awareness
Environmental awareness
Personal management
Personal management
Planning & organisation
Planning & organisation
Leadership
Leadership
Teamwork & collaboration
Teamwork & collaboration
Interpersonal skills
Interpersonal skills
Creativity
Creativity
Work ethic
Work ethic
Communication
Communication
Problem solving
Problem solving
Resilience
Resilience
Critical thinking
Critical thinking
Self awareness
Self awareness
Virtual work experience

Civil Construction Cadet

As a Civil Construction Cadet, you’ll gain exclusive insight into Inland Rail’s latest megaproject: the Toowoomba Tunnel Venture. Problem-solve the unique engineering challenges this tunnel poses and learn the foundational steps to making it a reality - from surveying and geotechnical analysis to excavation and tunnel legacy. You’ll gain access to industry mentors and Australia’s top engineers, to help you narrow down your career goals and nurture your passion for construction.

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Access from any computer, tablet or mobile
100+ students joined in the last 30 days
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Summary

In this Civil Cadet Virtual Work Experience, you will have the opportunity to build one of Inland Rail’s biggest projects. Step by step, brick by brick, you will navigate the world of construction at Inland Rail and innovatively carry out your very own construction project. You will tackle all the steps involved in an engineering project and get first-hand experience in geotechnical analysis, surveying and civil design. 


Is this for you?

You...

  • Are inspired by the cool buildings around you 
  • Want to understand the inner workings of huge construction projects
  • Would like an industry mentor and career guidance 
  • Have always been curious about how our train lines are built 
  • Love learning!


Then this experience was made for you!

To join

You need:

  • Yourself 
  • A can-do attitude
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity
  • Dedication to complete weekly activities
  • To try your best
  • A computer, laptop or phone 
  • An internet connection
  • A comfy place to study (yes even your bed)
  • Snacks to keep you going

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