New graduate makes a splash

Nigel Van is part of the Sydney Water Graduate Program.

Nigel Van is part of the Sydney Water Graduate Program.

Bonnyrigg resident Nigel Van said he was relishing the opportunity to be on the "front line of technological innovation" as part of the Sydney Water Graduate Program.

Mr Van, who completed a chemical engineering degree from the University of NSW, is one of just 19 selected for the program from more than 1300 applications received from university students across Australia.

This year he will be working at Sydney Water’s St Marys Plant as a production officer in the customer delivery team.

“I was inspired to apply for the graduate program as it allows me to apply the skills I learnt from university and to apply them into a difficult but fulfilling role," he said.

“I will be assisting to operate and control the plant to ensure high quality water is provided to customers.

“I am very excited to be working on the new technologies implemented at St Marys. Being on the front line of technological innovation will hopefully allow me to achieve a unique perspective of water treatment.

"I also hope to pick up at lot of operational skills in analysing water quality and plant operations and control."

Sydney Water’s Program Specialist Susan Bentley said the program covers a range of fields including digital and analytics, engineering, science, finance and communications.

“Graduates are offered a four-year rotational program with up to four 12-month work placements. During this time, we help them to discover their potential through a range of learning opportunities," she said.

“The program develops our future leaders. We work hard to harness the diversity of thought, experiences and perspectives our graduates bring."