NJM Graduate Spotlight – Manuel Becerra
13 May, 2024

NJM Graduate Spotlight – Manuel Becerra

What did you study in Uni and why did you choose it?

I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Growing up, I always wanted to be involved in a career where I could design new things, make a difference, and help improve people’s lives and to be honest there is no better way to do that than being a mechanical engineer.

Why ESD?

During my master’s degree at Queensland University of Technology, I enrolled in a unit called ‘Energy Optimised Buildings’. Collaborating with my teammates, I worked on a Net Zero Carbon pre-feasibility study, through which I gained insight into the vital role of a Sustainability Engineer in the built environment, which fascinated me, especially topics related to passive design, building envelope and net zero energy. Little did I know that I would land a job as an ESD Engineer a few years later.

What have you enjoyed most about your time at NJM so far?

It may sound cliché, but people are at the core of this company, and I genuinely enjoy spending time with my colleagues. Whether it’s coordinating projects, learning about other services, or playing table tennis in the lunchroom, I appreciate those moments. As an immigrant myself, I have felt warmly welcomed in the workplace, and I am humbly grateful for the opportunity to be part of the NJM team.

What has been your biggest learning since you started?

Communication is key in this industry; it is important to keep everyone in the loop to avoid misunderstandings and ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Highlight of your time so far? Favourite project you have worked on?

During my time here, I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of projects across many sectors. This environment has been perfect for me to thrive and quickly pick up new skills.

At the beginning of my journey at NJM, I loved engaging in the technical aspects of the job, including energy and daylight modelling in IES. However, nowadays, I find myself enjoying more of the consulting aspect, particularly liaising with clients to help them to achieve the desired sustainability goals in their projects and addressing any queries or issues that arise.

One of my favourite recent projects is a hotel development at 592-598 City Road, South Melbourne, which is going to be a Green Star project and would achieve an ‘Excellence’ BESS score. In this project, I’ve been working on the Sustainability Management Plan, Green Star Buildings pre-feasibility assessment and JV3 Energy modelling.

Figure 1. JV3 modelling for an Office Warehouse development at 276 Koroit Creek Road, Williamstown.

What do you like to do outside of work? 

During my time off, I usually spend the day taking my beloved Jack Russell, ‘Benito Antonio’, to dog parks with my fiancée. Thanks to Benito, we are part of a great community with very kind people who also love their furry friends. Benito has brought so much joy to us that our lives revolve around him. On the weekends, if we are not in one of his favourite places, either at Price Park in Viewbank or Banksia Park in Bullen, we go camping with him, which is also something we love. Our favourite camping spot is Toorongo Falls Campground.

Dream dinner guest and why?

Wayne Rooney. I’m a big fan of Manchester United and he is my all-time favourite player.

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