Employee Spotlight – Jim Heaslop

February 8, 2022   |  

Jim Heaslop is a Senior Surface Water Engineer and Associate based in our Brisbane office.

He joined our Brisbane team in 2018. Jim has 18 years of experience in the field of water engineering and is a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

Jim is experienced in managing water engineering and water resource projects in the mining and infrastructure sectors. His recent work has included the development and use of dynamic water balance models to define the performance of site water management systems.

1. What does a typical day look like for you?

Up at 5am, brew a coffee, eat breakfast and read the news.
At work by 7am, and usually leave sometime between 5pm and 6pm.
After work: Running training (with a squad of high school runners). It makes me feel young until the session starts, then they make me feel old and slow.
Home to cook dinner and catch up with my wife and step kids. In bed between 9pm and 11pm - 9pm is a goal, 11pm is often the reality!

2. What has been the most fulfilling part about your role?

Helping others to be successful and excel at what they do.

3. What is something you find challenging about your role?

Managing my time to fit in everything I want to do/help with.

4. What is your biggest achievement?

Sometimes it feels like getting out of bed is my biggest achievement, and at least once I have done it, I have achieved something for the day!

5. What advice would you give someone pursuing a career in your field?

Reward does not come on credit. You need to work hard and invest in your career. Have faith that in time, the return on your investment will come. It may not come as quickly as you want, but your career is measured in decades, not months or years. So don’t be in a rush, you have to enjoy the journey.

6. What qualities do you think make a good engineer?

Not losing sight of why we are doing something. Sometimes we focus on the how and what, but forget to ask why. When we ask why, it can open up a range other potential outcomes.

7. What is your favourite thing about working at KCB?

The people. It is as simple as that.

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