What is Aurizon’s graduate-recruitment process?
As this is an Expression of Interest, recruitment and selection processes will commence as business needs require graduate and intern/student positions.
- Applicants will be notified by email regarding the outcome of your application.
- If you are successful you will progress to the next round and will be asked to complete assessment requirements
- Online testing
- Phone interview or Video interviewing
- Face-to-face interview
- Reference checks
- Medical (Engineers only)
- Employment offer
When does the Aurizon GDP commence?
Our GDP commences each year in January. Employment may start earlier depending on business demands as to whether we are able to accommodate.
Does Aurizon take/sponsor international graduates?
No, Aurizon only accepts graduates who currently hold Australian Permanent Residency such as the Skilled – Independent (residence) visa (subclass 885).
Aurizon does not sponsor any students in applying for permanent residency. Aurizon does not sponsor graduate program applicants who currently hold (or seek to gain) a 457 Temporary Business (Long stay) Visa, or a 485 Skilled Graduate (Temporary) Visa.
How long does the Aurizon graduate program go for?
Aurizon’s Graduate Development Program (GDP) has been designed as a structured two-year program for all disciplines except Engineering where it is a three year program to:
- help adapt and cope with transitioning to working / corporate life
- build their alignment with Aurizon corporate vision
- learn how to set effective goals for your development
Are you looking for Graduates outside the construction/engineering fields?
Whilst our graduate program is mostly targeted towards construction/engineering graduates, a large part of our business operates within the support functions as listed below. If you have studied any of these disciplines and are interested in working for Aurizon we encourage you to apply.
What do you look for in a graduate?
- Human Resources
We look for graduates who are great with people. Some of the attributes that stand out are:
- Deep commitment to safety
- Strong customer focus
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Initiative/ innovative thinking
- Attention to detail
- Passionate leadership
- Strong determination to deliver results
- Extra-circular activities
What training and development opportunities are available to graduates?
- attend our 3 day “Grad Trek” across Aurizon’s Queensland based operations
- comprehensive 3 day Orientation
- accelerated career development via an extensive rotation program across the business to learn different skills
- on-the-job training, including technical training
- Graduate Executive Program that represents develops and improves Graduate opportunities.
- Graduate Showcase working in multi discipline teams on new innovative solutions for Aurizon future
- online access to self-paced training
- assistance with your post graduate studies
- assistance with professional membership status
- career development/mentor programs
- alliance and project opportunities
- access to leading edge technologies
- networking events
What is Aurizon’s graduate salary?
Aurizon offers a competitive salary, which will be discussed with you during the recruitment process and after your interview should you reach the letter-of-offer stage.
Do I get to choose what project I work on?
The nature and location of work will affect resourcing requirements. When determining the project that you will be working on your Manager and Graduate Coordinator will take into account where you are currently based and try to locate you close to home where possible. While your home location is taken into consideration many of our projects are spread across diverse geographical locations and if our interstate and remote projects may require graduates to relocate. If a project comes up that you are very interested in working on you can advise us of your interest and we will try to accommodate this depending on project requirement.
Where are Aurizon graduates located?
Aurizon has business operations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Do I have to do rotations?
Yes. The Aurizon Graduate Development Program provides graduates with the opportunity to learn about and experience the way we do business. The purpose of rotations is to assist graduates in building their core capabilities and technical skills to support the diverse functions of the business. Rotations also provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with a whole range of people increasing your connections within the business even further.
Do I get to choose my rotations?
Yes, we are flexible in your career development however this is dependant on business demands as to whether we are able to accommodate.
If I have to relocate, will Aurizon pay?
Aurizon has a standard relocation procedure that will be implemented in the case of any graduate required to relocate as part of their role with the business.
What kind of hours will I be working?
Every development phase will differ for each graduate. Working hours will be dependent upon the development phase you are working in and requirements of the project or office. As an Engineer within our business you may be on a rotational roster which requires working weekends or nightshift – your manager will discuss this requirement with you.
Does Aurizon have a mid-year graduate intake?
Aurizon recruits based on business and project needs, so there will be some occasions when mid-year intakes are required. Our graduate roles are advertised on our website, we encourage you to set up a job alert.
What projects/jobs do you currently have?
We’ve got over 90 projects across Australia and South-East Asia. To get a better picture of our range of projects, visit our website: aurizon.com.au
How can I make my application stand out?
Take the time to read through the information we have given you so that you understand what details we are asking you to provide. Start your application early so that you have time to go back and review it with a clear mind before submitting it. There are no trick questions; answer things honestly and appropriately. Have someone look over your application to proofread it, and make sure you use spell-check. Don’t send something that is generic.
How many positions do you have?
Aurizon recruits based on business and project needs. Sometimes these needs are not known at the start of the recruitment process, however they will be confirmed as applications progress.
Can I view the progress of my application and can I make any changes once it has been submitted?
Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email advising that we have successfully received it. Throughout the recruitment process we will communicate with you via email so make sure your email address is correct.
You can make some changes to your application once it has been submitted and we encourage you to make sure that you check your application every few weeks to ensure that the following details are still correct:
- Personal details
- Education information (academic history)
- Employment information
What are the long-term career prospects for Aurizon graduates? What happens to me after I complete the Graduate Development Program (GDP)?
At Aurizon we commence graduates as full-time (fixed term) employees from day one for two years. During the 2 year program we will rotate you around our company, allowing you to fully explore all of the divisions that our diverse organisation offers, providing you with the opportunity to build your career with us. Given the amount of time and resources we invest in our graduates we aim to keep you all employed within the business post Graduate Development Program.
Does Aurizon accept Vacation Students?
Yes, vacancies depend on project needs. We will attempt to assist 3rd and 4th year students in the first instance as it is becoming more and more common that educational institutions require this experience from students to allow them to complete university and graduate. Expressions of interest are advertised now (for Winter vacation work) and October (for Summer vacation work) each year. Applications are accepted through the website only.
Does Aurizon have internships?
Aurizon actively supports university-based internship programs and work-integrated learning courses in a range of disciplines. This gives you the opportunity to gain industry experience that works around your university schedule.
Who do you class as a Graduate?
To be considered for the Aurizon Graduate Development Program you must have completed an Australian or New Zealand Undergraduate degree within two years of commencement of the Graduate Development Program to ensure your studies remain contemporary with current business practices.
Students who are completing a Masters or PhD must have completed their undergraduate degree within the same two year timeframe (outlined above)
Graduation years accepted – 2012 and 2013
If I am unsuccessful in my application for the Graduate Program this time, can I apply for the program again?
Yes, applicants are eligible to apply for the Aurizon Graduate Development Program again the following year however you must have completed your studies within two years of the year of application.
If I am not offered a Graduate position, can I apply for other roles with Aurizon?
Yes, applicants who are unsuccessful are eligible to apply for other appropriate positions in Aurizon which are all advertised through our website at aurizon.com.au/careers