Meet a Honeywell MEGT Apprentice

Meet MEGT apprentice Jarom Mana Haines, Jarom is currently completing a Cert III in Electronics and Communications and commenced his apprenticeship with Honeywell in July 2018.

Jarom is a proud Gomeroi, Tahitian/Cook Island man. The traditional lands of the Gomeroi people, also known as Gamilaraay, extend from New South Wales to southern Queensland. They form one of the four largest Indigenous nations in Australia.

When asked what reconciliation meant to Jarom as a Gomeroi man, he stated “I would consider it a priority in today’s society. We need to continue educating ourselves on Indigenous matters so that Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can walk together. There are many things we could be doing to get the message out there. Creating culturally inclusive work environments is one way but getting out into the community and establishing relationships, hanging local artwork on our office walls can assist in creating a welcoming environment. As well as creating opportunities for our mob when the occasion arises. This is where Reconciliation Action Plans are important, especially for an organisation as big as Honeywell. This demonstrates a genuine commitment to reconciliation because there is no point talking about it unless you are willing to do something about it.”

When asked why Jarom decided to apply for a position with Honeywell he stated “I saw the advertisement and contacted my Uncle, he is currently studying at University in New Zealand. My Uncle had good things to say about Honeywell and told me that it would be a great company to work for”. Jarom was additionally encouraged by the many benefits that accompanied this role.

Based in Newcastle, Jarom considers himself a lucky man to work with the Honeywell team, describing them as “very multicultural, supportive and understanding. They are good people and know what it is like to be an apprentice, they are always willing to help.” Jarom is a hard-working individual and is willing to put in additional hours because he recognises the benefits this can have to further develop him as an apprentice. He also enjoys the theoretical side of his apprenticeship and states that he has a supportive TAFE teacher that often uses workplace scenarios to assist with learning.

Jarom plays a lot of sport and welcomes the opportunity to take on a job where he can use his “brain as opposed to his body.” He describes his day to day job as a general technician – servicing, monitoring and repairing Honeywell devices and networks to keep the site running smoothly. A friendly demeanour, good people skills and communication are all personal qualities Jarom recommends as being required for this position, along with the ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team. “This job is about working smarter, not harder” which he considers a positive aspect to the role. When asked what advice he would give to someone applying for a Honeywell apprenticeship, he simply replied “Just go for it!!!”

Honeywell Indigenous Engineering Scholars

Through the commitments made within our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018 – 2020, the Honeywell Indigenous Participation Program (IPP) provided five Honeywell Engineering Scholarships in December 2019 in collaboration with the Aurora Education foundation. This is a national program run annually. The Engineering Scholarship is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University Students who are studying Computer Science or Engineering.

Additionally, on the 19th of November 2019, we offered two Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander internships, providing real work experience that provides students with opportunities to explore their interests and develop professional skills and competencies. These internships were based in our Victorian and New South Wales offices, and finished up in mid February 2020.

We have been fortunate to encounter such diverse talent and we were able to spend some time with selected scholarship recipients and interns to ask them a series of questions relating to their interest in engineering and personal views when it comes to reconciliation. Please read their responses below.

 

Matthew Heffernan is a proud Luritja, Irish man. The traditional lands of the Luitja people, also known as Kukatja, are immediately west of the Derwent River in the Northern Territory.

Matthew is currently studying a bachelor of Information Technology at the Charles Darwin University and will be graduating at the end of this year.

The Indigenous Participation and Early Careers Team regularly engage with Matthew to find out how he is going on his journey and to further explore potential opportunities that exist within Honeywell. We have also assigned one of our Honeywell graduates as an Industry mentor for Matt.

What is it about engineering that interests you?
There is a clarity and zen to the simplicity of engineering (specifically software engineering in my case). When I’m coding, the answers are comparatively simple, there isn’t as much nuance to be concerned about, code isn’t as complicated as people or geo-political issues. I also like the process of creating. There is a kind of beauty in using the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years to create something that solves tangible problems and issues for other people.

What are your future career goals, and would you consider Honeywell as a future employer?
My future career goals is to pursue some further study and upskilling. I would like to continue learning and growing as a software/web developer and learn about ways in which I could maybe work abroad and travel.
I would definitely consider Honeywell as a future employer for the above reasons, as a large corporation they offer a variety of services and products and have offices around the world with fair remuneration rates.

What does reconciliation mean to you?
Reconciliation is a complex topic and has the propensity to upset a lot of different folks when discussed honestly and transparently. To me, it’s about pushing through these feelings of discomfort and shame or even anger and frustration. Because essentially, we all have something we can learn from each other. In the context of a broader social and political ideal, it’s about recognising that our country is at it’s best when everyone gets to have a genuine opportunity to have a go.

Is it important for you to work for an organisation that has a RAP and if so, why?
I am familiar with RAPs and believe they are only as important as the organisation’s willingness to adopt the recommendations and aims within the RAP. This includes an honest approach to how success will be measured as well as accountability for when those goals aren’t met.

 

Clayton Small is a proud Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi) man. The Kamilaroi nation is of vast expanse, lying within northern New South Wales (NSW) and southern Queensland (Qld), stretching from as far as the Hunter Valley in NSW through to Nindigully in Qld and as far west as the Warrumbungle Mountains near Coonabarabran in NSW, sweeping across the Liverpool Plains.

Clayton is currently studying a bachelor of engineering (Honours Aerospace) at the University of New South Wales.

The Honeywell Indigenous Engineering Scholarship was awarded to Clayton in December 2019. Since then, the Indigenous Participation and Early Careers Team have kept in regular contact and assigned an industry mentor to reach out to Clayton on a monthly basis. We are also very excited to welcome Clayton into one of our 2021 internship positions, based in our New South Wales office.

What is it about engineering that interests you?
I love the challenging aspect of creating and improving solutions in engineering. Being able to work with more experienced engineers also interests me as you can learn so much and improve by working with others.

What are your future career goals, and would you consider Honeywell as a future employer?
During my internship with Honeywell, I would like to gain industry experience whilst still at university. Upon completing my degree, I would like to establish my career in a respectable company such as Honeywell. From there, I would love to gain further experience, possibly working internationally.
Yes, I would consider Honeywell as a future employer. Honeywell’s industry leading involvement in several areas of engineering and their commitment to social responsibilities such as the RAP cements them as a world leading company, and one I would like to work for in the future.

What does reconciliation mean to you?
Reconciliation is the acceptance of what has happened in the past, learning from mistakes, and ensuring they do not happen again. It is also a path moving forward together, as we cannot change the past, but we can learn and improve for the future.

Is it important for you to work for an organisation that has a RAP and if so, why?
A RAP is a plan that promotes inclusion and diversity within an organisation, increasing cultural awareness and creating education, employment, and career opportunities to support Indigenous Australians.

I think it is great that an organisation has a RAP as it demonstrates their recognition of the past and commitment to promote and improve opportunities for Indigenous Australians. It is not critical for my future employer to have a RAP, however it is certainly a bonus.

Maxwell Hooper identifies as a proud Aboriginal descendant. Unfortunately his mob is unknown which can be a common issue due to a number of complicated and historical reasons including dispossession of land, stolen generations and apprehension to identify and release this information onto family members as a part of assimilation practices and fear of discrimination. Currently, Maxwell is residing on Tuangurung land in Seymour.

Maxwell is currently studying a bachelor of engineering (Honours Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics) at RMIT.

We were very pleased to welcome Maxwell into the Victorian office as a first year Intern – Project Engineer, during 19 November – 28 February 2020. It is safe to say that he enjoyed the experience as he will be returning as a second year intern in 2021. During the internship Maxwell was awarded with a Honeywell Indigenous Engineering scholarship. He has also been aligned to one of our graduates to provide additional support as a work buddy.

What did you do during your internship (3 sentences, what did your day to day routine look like)?
During my internship I worked within the areas of sales, service, and projects, leaning towards sales and projects more. My day to day routine would often be working with employees, helping them out with minor tasks to help make the big picture easier to achieve. I also worked on a couple of solo tasks where I would communicate with employees to keep track of my progress.

Describe your biggest achievement as an intern?
Biggest achievement would have to be lighting plans that I marked out for various floor levels for a commercial building Honeywell were working on. I received an introduction to edit the floor plans and was acknowledged well for competently completing the task.

What is something you have learnt about yourself over your internship journey?
During my time with Honeywell, I was advised that the business was going through a significant amount of change, but I didn’t really notice. What I learnt during this time is that I can get work done and perform in a wide range of environments. I realised that I possess the ability to multitask, focusing on the task at hand and listening when the time is right.

What is it about engineering that interests you?
The biggest area about engineering that interests me is design. Whether it be developing a product schematic or editing layouts. I would like to end up in a career where I can take a bit of creative control over making objects.

What are your future career goals, and would you consider Honeywell as a future employer? If so, why?
I foresee a future career in manufacturing and designing industry. I am not sure if this will take me through various roles, but I would also like a stable position. I think Honeywell would be great place as a future employer, the working environment is great and the areas of industry that Honeywell are involved with at a projects level are of interest to me.

What does reconciliation mean to you?
Reconciliation has two meanings, ‘the action of making one view or belief compatible with another’ and ‘the restoration of friendly relations’. For me in perspective of Australia’s democratic hierarchy, I think it means acknowledging the Indigenous people’s differences and similarities in a respectful manner that sees them given the same opportunity to lead life as an Australian citizen.

Is it important for you to work for an organisation that has a RAP and if so, why?
A RAP is a business’s vision to connect with the Indigenous community around them. Focusing on outcomes, inclusion and connectivity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, Honeywell in this case.
I think it is highly important as it helps bolster a business’s ethical image to the larger community. It can also act as an incentive for other businesses to engage with one another with the interest being in areas such as cultural diversity rather than net income per se.

3 Tips to Future-Proof Your Career

Honeywell Building Technologies Chief Commercial Officer Patrick Hogan has three pieces of advice for educators, students, and anyone else seeking a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

To read this article, click this link to the Honeywell newsroom:

https://www.honeywell.com/en-us/newsroom/news/2020/07/3-tips-to-future-proof-your-career

 

Honeywell Interns

Today we say thank you and goodbye to our Honeywell Summer Interns who have been with us for the past 12 weeks busy working on projects, sales contracts and coding in our software centre.

This year we hired 15 interns across Australia and New Zealand, providing these Future Shapers with real life exposure to working life as young engineers.

In the photo is Max Hooper, who is a recipient of the Honeywell Indigenous Scholarship and competed an Internship with the Melbourne Buildings Solution Team and his manager Glenn Watson.

What did you learn over the summer: The summer was great, it helped me build my confidence in myself, the ability to deal with lots of types of people in the workplace and try and influence them. I also really enjoyed my time out of the office at site, seeing how we deliver projects and getting to do some engineering problem solving work. It has made me get a better understanding of the type of career I want as engineer.

What you most proud of over the summer: I was working on a project with a Tier 1 client and was asked by the projects manager to create a few drawing in CAD on site to help with the engineering requirements of the upgrades we were doing. It was really cool to see the work I did being used by the team and the client, this made me feel really proud and that I had contributed value to the project.

As we say goodbye we wish all out interns the best of luck as they transition back into university and continue on their journey.

We are excited that we will be hiring interns again for the 2020/2021 summer – keep an eye out for roles when they become available from July/August.

Early Careers Team

A Day in the Life

Jake St Mart

Graduate Sales Engineer at Honeywell

5.30 AM
The alarm goes off, I’ll hit the snooze button a couple of times before I get out of bed.

6.00 AM
Arrive at the gym for a 1-hour work out just to wake up and get me going for my day ahead. This is a great way to start my focus for the day and relieve any stress.

7.00 AM
Morning drive – Turn on the radio and listen to the news on the radio just to have an idea of what’s happening around the world. Since my work is closely aligned with the Government, this gives me an opportunity to be on the front foot if anything comes up during my day.

8.00 AM
Finally, make my way into the office after my Gym session. Usually, I bring my bag with me to use the ‘end of trip’ facilities at the office.

8.10 AM
Log on and grab my morning breakfast which is usually Greek Yoghurt and oats that I’ve prepped the night before otherwise if I’m lazy I’ll have some cornflakes! While having my breakfast, I typically read up on the Salesforce.com newsfeed to understand what other opportunities the rest of Honeywell is working on. This is a great way to have visibility across the organisation and keep up to date with our new and exciting products and projects around the world – I might even spot some potential projects I can collaborate on.

8.20 AM
Plan my tasks for the day to ensure that my responsibilities have been completed for upcoming tenders. My role as part of the bid management support team is to ensure that I coordinate tasks accordingly between the teams in Melbourne and India. Considering the time-zone difference of 6+ hours allows us to be efficient with our time where during the day I complete the tasks that are critical to the development of the solution and as I head home, the team in India take over. Liaising between teams gives me a chance to really refine my stakeholder management skills.

8.30 AM
Quick casual meeting with the team to discuss what’s happening for the day and how to allocate our time to the different bids that are occurring concurrently. We usually share how we’re progressing with our bids and what type of innovating technology we’re including within our solutions. This is also a good time to discuss any road blockers we have with our solution and what others have done to overcome these issues.

9.00 AM
Now it’s time to prepare for a presentation to the Asia Pacific leadership team for 10:00am regarding a tender that is to be submitted in a couple of days. Working with the bid team and collaboratively with the project delivery team we ensure that we are prepared for any questions or concerns the leadership team has regarding the tender.

10.00 AM
First meeting of the day is a call with the Asia Pacific leadership team to discuss and provide an update for multi-million-dollar tender that is to be submitted to a leading Tier 1 builder. Before the final submission of the tender we require approval from the business to ensure that we have aligned ourselves in a competitive position. Interacting with leaders all over the world can be daunting at first, but once you go through a few of these you’ll get the hang of it! Awesome exposure too!

11.00 AM
Once we’ve wrapped up the presentation and everything looks positive from the leadership perspective, we start to plan our actions to get the bid ready and finalised for submission.

1.00 PM
Hop into the Uber and I’m off with an Account Manager to a client meeting to discuss a new project that we’re tendering for. We aim to arrive roughly 30 minutes before to ensure we have our strategy ready for our next meeting. Typically, during this time, we go through a rough agenda and identify the value proposition we can provide the client with our solution. We’ll need our design drawings this time around to show what we propose with our design.

1.30 PM
Off to the meeting with the client, over coffee we discuss the requirements and expectations of our solution that we are providing. Listening to the customer is the key to create a solution that is cost effective and ensuring we’re meeting the customer’s needs.

3.00 PM
Back in the office, I left my card at my desk but luckily on my phone, I’ve got one of our latest products from our Connected Services range the Honeywell Vector Occupant App. It’s basically a multi-functional app that allows me to gain access to my building instead of using my ID card!

3.30 PM
Today is ‘Honeywell Personal Development’ day! This is an opportunity to sit down with my manager to discuss how I am progressing with my development and ensure that I am on track for my next career move. I’m excited to become a Key Account Manager! Together we develop a strategy and solidify a learning plan to ensure that I refine appropriate key competencies in the coming months to contribute to my career progression.
We pick internal Honeywell courses that are appropriate and are aligned with my learning plan. Following, we review the goals that we’ve set during our last meeting. We identified that developing account plans was a major necessity for my next career move! Reviewing the draft account plan we identify areas and strategies that will account to contribute to further growth while helping the customer meet their own obligations.

4.30 PM
Time to kick off the weekly catch up with the account managers and business consultants. During this meeting, we review the market and identify any new projects or opportunities that are potentials within the industry. As a team, we provide an update on the progression of how our tenders are tracking and what innovative and value-engineered solutions we are proposing.

5.30 PM
Start wrapping my day and ticking off tasks within my to-do list! Now it’s time for a Skype meeting to the team in India to update them on my progress and ensure they’ve got all the information they need to continue.

6.30 PM
Finally, dinner and chance to relax and turn off after a long day.

8.00 PM
Start getting ready for bed and quickly look through my calendar for the next day just to have an idea of what’s ahead while watching a bit of Netflix.