HCMT Manufacturing – Site Visit

Young Transport Professionals were excited to partner with Downer to host a site tour event at the Downer Newport Site to witness the production of the impressive High-Capacity Metro Train. With parts of Melbourne’s train network using the newly employed High-Capacity Signalling system, this event was a great opportunity for members to learn about the production of the newest passenger train – the HCMT. 

The event program consisted of a presentation on the evolution of the manufacturing process from the first trainset to the current trainset as well as a site tour of the HCMT production line. Attendees were provided a glimpse into all facets of the HCMT production, starting from a sustainable supplier chain all the way to the assembly of the train. 

The site tour consisted of a full in-depth tour of the HCMT production line. Attendees were treated by a two-part presentation, with an overview of the wider HCMT project scope. The presentation consisted of Downer’s involvement in delivering & maintaining the new trains, and how they interacted with the new high capacity signalling system.

This was one our most popular events to date, with ticket selling out in less than 2hrs! Be the first to know about our next event by registering to our mailing list.

Young Transport Professionals would like to say thank you to the facilitators for their time and knowledge sharing on the topic of Manufacturing Evolved – Assembling the HCMT.  

Mapping the future – Navigating the Digital Landscape with SRLA

In recognition of ITS World Congress 2023, Young Transport Professionals hosted a presentation and panel discussion with Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA) to promote the research of cutting-edge technologies in the field and application of intelligent transportation systems.

In this dynamic presentation and panel discussion, SRLA delved into the intersection of digital tools and engineering excellence through the lens of the monumental Suburban Rail Loop project. The attendees gained insights into the design and delivery of transport megaprojects and the transformative power of digital technologies including their application in shaping modern infrastructure.

Young Transport Professionals had proposed a presentation from the following speakers:

  • Tom Moore – Tunnel Vision to get Chartered: He shared insights from his journey in transport engineering and megaproject delivery, emphasizing his path to achieving chartered engineer status and the prospects within the transport sector.
  • Alex Webster – Digging with Digital Tools: He had discussed his career journey and how this had assisted with his work on SRLA to establish Digital Tools within a new organization to enhance efficiency and foster collaboration to implement digital delivery.
  • Samantha Booker – On the Fast Track to Data Quality: She had leveraged BIM for optimum Asset Data collection. Her presentation contained a brief history of her career in Transport and wove in the Asset Data Collection of each of the operators and how SRLA’s use of BIM in construction would improve outcomes

This event showcased the integration of digital engineering tools in the SRL project and how these are being used to supporting project management to prepare for the future.

Metro Academy Site Tour

For Rail Safety Week, Young Transport Professionals collaborated with Metro Trains Melbourne to present on the Driver Training Curriculum with Metro Academy. This event was inspired by the Rail Safety Week agenda of promoting and raising awareness about how to stay safe around rail, as well
remind the community to act responsibility when near, or on, the rail network.

The event was facilitated by Charles Robinson, Sarah Howard, and Frank Mihalcsek. The event program consisted of a presentation on the Driver Training Curriculum as well as a site tour of Metro Academy. The overview of the Driver Training Curriculum was an opportunity for the attendees to get insight into the role of a train driver and how they ensure passengers get to their destination safety while managing disruptions such as rolling stock faults, passenger disruptions and network disruptions, sometimes all in parallel.

The site tour consisted of a presentation on the Track Simulator, Passenger Screen Doors, and a demonstration on the X’Trapolis 100 full size simulator, where some attendees got the opportunity to operate the simulator and stop at a station. This allowed the attendees to understand how these tools are used by the trainee drivers to get familiar with the network and operating rolling stock before they reach the on-the-job training phase of their curriculum. The presentation on the Passenger Screen Doors was a unique opportunity to get a seek peak into the technology that will be used inside the Metro Tunnel and how MTM operations and passenger experience will change with this technology.

The evening concluded with professional networking, where the attendees continued the discussion and connected with likeminded young professionals outside their organisation.

Young Transport Professionals would like to say thank you to the facilitators for their time and knowledge sharing on the topic of Driver Training Curriculum from Metro Academy. Young Transport Professionals would like to say thank you to Paul O’halloran for supporting YTP as an industry partner, without they support we could not organise this event to highlight the importance of National Road Safety Week.

World Youth Skills Day

On 13th of July, we had the privilege of hosting an engaging and interactive Q&A session at Arup Melbourne office in celebration of World Youth Skills Day. The event brought together a diverse group of young transport individuals and industry experts who are passionate about empowering youth and equipping them with the necessary skills for a successful future.  

Throughout the event, we explored various aspects of skills development, career guidance, and the challenges faced by young people in today’s rapidly changing world. Our esteemed panel of speakers, including Rachel Nicholls, Zac Cvitkovic, James Attenborough and Fiona Nguyen shared their expertise and provided valuable insights on but not limited to the following topics: 

  • The importance of skills development and how they assist along the journey 
  • Strategies to conquer setbacks and utilize the experience to shape your career development  
  • The power of branding by showing your capabilities genuinely  
  • The role of mentorship and guidance in empowering young individuals to achieve their goals. 

The Q&A session was particularly dynamic, with attendees actively participating by asking thought-provoking questions and engaging in meaningful discussions with the panelists. The event fostered a collaborative environment that allowed for the exchange of ideas and experiences, creating a valuable learning platform for everyone involved. 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our esteemed panelists for sharing their expertise and insights. Their contributions were instrumental in making the event a resounding success. 

Young Transport Professionals would like to say thank you to our industry partners Aurecon Jacobs Mott McDonald (AJM-JV), AECOM, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Victoria Department of Transport and Planning, Egis and Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SLRA). Without them we could not organise this event to create this fun and valuable event to highlight the importance of World Youth Skills Day.  

Lastly, we would like to thank each and every one of you who attended the World Youth Skills Day Q&A event. We hope that you found the event informative and inspiring, and that it provided you with valuable insights into the world of skills development and career advancement. 

Please check your email for the post-event survey if you haven’t done so. Your feedback is important to us as it assists us with improving our events and creating opportunities to provide the events you would like to see more of.  

If you would like to stay up to date with YTP and upcoming events, you can sign up to our mailing list here: https://youngtransportpro.com/become-a-member/ 

If you have a suggestion of a topic that YTP should consider, please send an email to:  https://youngtransportpro.com/contact/ 

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Say hello to the new 2023 YTP Committee

Congratulations to the incoming Young Transport Professionals committee for 2023!

Following the recent ballot and annual general meeting, please welcome the following committee members.

  • President – Himanshu Chopra
  • Treasurer – Antony Yu
  • Secretary – Sabastian Aurisano
  • Communications Coordinator – Victoria Hann
  • Digital Coordinator – Daniel Jordan
  • Partnerships Coordinator – Alan Lim & Malcolm Lam
  • Membership Coordinator – Adrian Wong & Muhammad Asraf
  • Membership Engagement Coordinator – Anthony Ko
  • Events Coordinator – Caitlin Skinner & Evelyn Tao

We would like to thank the 2022 committee for organising some great events and for increasing the reach of the YTP membership over the past 12 months. We are excited for the year ahead and to share our plans for 2023 with you soon. 

Any feedback or ideas for the committee is welcomed, so please get in touch.

Find out more about the new committee

Metro Tunnel Project – Parkville Station Site Visit

On Saturday 8th October 2022, Alan from Young Transport Professional had the opportunity to tour Parkville Station. This event was hosted by Institute of Civil Engineering (Victorian Local Association). 

Parkville Station is a new station which is part of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. CYP Design and Construction Joint Venture, which is a consortium comprising John Holland, Leadlease  and Bouygues Construction is responsible for delivering the Metro Tunnel Project’s Tunnels and Stations works package.  

The tour started off with a status update on the construction of the station and highlighting some of the challenges with building an underground train station adjacent to medical facilities such as Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital and Peter Mac Cancer Centre.  

Some of the difficulties the team faced included maintaining ambulance traffic, noise and vibration, construction material and waste management and impact to local communities. The lead structural engineer highlighted that Parkville station is not a traditional build, as it had to be built with the roof structure first and work its way downwards to the foundations of the station. 

The second part of the tour consisted of a walk through the level 1 and level 2 of Parkville station to see the construction progress of station and highlight some of the design elements which are currently being installed such as the platform screen doors, escalators, and elevators. 

Thank you to Annie Leverington and Institute of Civil Engineering (Victorian Local Association) for the opportunity to tour Parkville Station.  

A Day in Life Of – Anita Lutz – Rolling Stock Training Officer

Who are you and what is your role, what is the project that you are working on? 

Anita Lutz is my name, I’m a Rolling Stock Training Officer based at Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility, and I run training and assessment at all 6 depots across Melbourne. 

Recently I’ve delivered training to the supervisors/production coordinators on the computer program for the new On Board Diagnostics on X’Trapolis and Siemens trains. I’ve also just completed training for the new DTI – comms on the comeng disk brake fleet. 

Currently I running training on workshop cranes and refresher training on 1500V Overhead switching in the depot. I also review, write or re-write instructions, powerpoint presentations and assessments. 

I often deliver safety training for new staff and contractors. 

What does a typical day working at MTM look like for you? 

A snapshot of an ordinary day would be something like – I arrive at work and set up for the day. I gather up any training materials, equipment, tools, PPE etc. If needed, I then negotiate with the supervisors as to getting access to the staff I’ve planned to train and assess. Then I train/assess staff or contractors. After that comes the admin, signing paperwork, scanning documents, filling in spreadsheets, filing documents, drawing up certificates and emailing them to companies. 

How did you get started in Transport and what is your favourite thing about working here? 

I had wanted to quit my old job, so when the new MTM facility was being built close to where I live, I thought that it would be a good idea to get a job close to home, servicing trains. I’m an electrician and thought I may as well try out for an electrical train servicing role. I was very happy to be employed by a large company. The other colleagues were very friendly. 

How have you seen young people uniquely contribute to the projects that you have worked on? 

I love their enthusiasm, their ideas and their interest. In my experience, they are keen to listen and learn. They offer a fresh new approach and share their knowledge. They have training and experience in technology and more advanced systems from school/university. Young people are often wiser as to how to set up or fix computers and mobile phones. They work hard and are keen to complete tasks and work well together. 

Looking back what advice do you have for graduates or young transport professionals getting started in their career? 

I would say, try not to be put off by others’ bad attitudes or rudeness. Try to call it out if possible and take on those difficult conversations. That you are not responsible for other people’s rotten language and behaviour. Learn as much as you can. There are some really wonderful genuine people who can teach you some amazing stuff. Find some good mentors for yourself, both formal and informal. Enjoy the ride. 

What do you do outside of work to relax and have fun? 

I’m an operational member of the local SES, which provides a lot of exciting times, skills training, and helping people in their hour of need. I try to stay fit and healthy and participate in many events in the Police and Emergency Games each year. 

I take my nieces to brownie guides and assist the leaders in the weekly sessions and activities and camps that the girls go on. 

I also attend the Metro Trains Toastmasters club to try to reduce my public speaking anxiety and improve my speeches and impromptu speaking and helping others improve theirs too. I’m on the committee for the club fulfilling many leadership roles over the years. It’s a great way to meet other people in the business and to get to know them better as well. 

My parkrun adventures have taken me all over Victoria to participate in the 5km run every Saturday morning. I’ve been a member of a few different running clubs where I’ve made new friends. I mainly go camping but enjoy nice accommodation too. 

Transporting Australia – The Case for Megaprojects or Modernisation?

Australia is recording an unprecedented investment in transport infrastructure projects ranging from small-scale to megaprojects all over the country. Of that investment, megaprojects are making up a substantial portion of our transport infrastructure funding.  

Aligned with this theme of “Transporting Australia” through our transport infrastructure, on Tuesday 11th October 2022, Young Transport Professionals were excited to partner with AECOM to host a panel debate on the commissioning and delivery models of transport infrastructure in Australia. The key question on everyone’s minds was;  

Are Megaprojects the best solution to improving transport productivity across the nation or should we progressively improve existing infrastructure and increase its capabilities? 

Attendees had the opportunity to join online, or watch the debate unfold in person in the Melbourne and Brisbane AECOM offices. Even before the formal debate had commenced, the discussion and discourse between attendees and panellists had already started over food and drinks. 

We heard from Team Megaprojects and Team Modernisation on three key themes – 

  • Cost Benefits – We heard about the cost benefits and risks associated with megaprojects requiring significant assumptions and long-term construction periods whereas modernisation offered a low-cost solution with minimal risk attached and quick ROI.
  • Transport Infrastructure Resilience – Our transport planners provided insights into the best way to improve the resilience of our transport network, with team megaprojects arguing that new corridors create increased capacity and connections around our transport network, but team modernisation introducing “regulatory modernisation” through road vehicle peak hour charging, more efficient use of data for commuting patterns and the use of ITS.
  • Environmental, Social and Governance – Both sides made a compelling case for environmental, social and governance considerations focusing on our transition to net zero carbon emissions. Using new infrastructure to solidify net zero targets, or re-purposing our existing infrastructure whilst improving the operational benefits.

At the end of the debate, we opened the floor to questions with some very interesting and relevant questions asked to the panellists. If your query was not answered, please stay tuned for please keep your eyes out for the upcoming October Newsletter where we will dive into the unanswered questions. 

This event was facilitated by the Events Coordinator Caitlin Skinner with the audience hearing from the panellists Samuel Lombard from ConnellGriffin, Dean Hislop from SMEC, Alison Dilger from Aurecon and James Warfe, Grant Viljoen and Ainsley Nigro from AECOM. 

Young Transport Professionals would like to thank our Industry Partners, Subject Matter Experts, Venues and participants for making this an informative and fun event.

Mary Jane Lewis Foundation Networking Event

On Monday 5th September, Evelyn and Caitlin from the Young Transport Professionals committee were invited to speak at a Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation networking event.

The Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation provides support for young women in achieving undergraduate qualifications as there are still many young women in our community today who simply cannot afford to attend university.

The focus of this event was centred around transport, and the broad and exciting opportunities to join the transport industry.  Caitlin and Evelyn provided insights into their experiences working in the transport industry and highlighted the interesting projects they have worked on/are working on.  Another guest speaker, Aditi Sachdeva (Department of Transport) also spoke about her experiences and delivered some important advice on the importance of being yourself “You are your own superpower… own it”.

The second part of the evening consisted of pizza and networking, it was inspiring to hear different stories and successes of the women in the room.

Thank you to Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation for the opportunity to attend this event, and to all the inspiring women who made it a great night!


Today is #RUOKday2022, a reminder for everyone to check in with those around you and see how they are going and if they need support. The theme of this R U OK day is ‘no qualifications needed’, emphasising the importance that everyone can start a conversation.

By having meaningful conversations about life’s ups and downs, we can help someone feel supported. To acknowledge and promote #RUOKday2022, this morning Young Transport Professionals hosted a coffee catch-up in the Melbourne CBD and virtually.

The early 7:30 am start was worth it, with conversations ranging from personal well-being to transport projects (who would have guessed). Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and virtually.

Take the time to Ask R U OK, no qualifications are needed. Because a conversation could change a life. More resources are available at https://www.ruok.org.au/.