Please Welcome Rachel

We’re proud to formally welcome Rachel Tsang, our newest graduate structural engineer,  to the team at Cornell Engineers.

We asked Rachel about her transition from university life to full time employment as a graduate structural engineer. Here’s what she said:

My transition from university to the workplace was initially nerve-racking but also exciting to enter a new environment that gives the opportunity to learn and contribute to the real world.

At Cornell Engineers, I was able to quickly get settled and am enjoying my time due my friendly colleagues who are willing to help and teach me new things.

It is only my second week at Cornell Engineers and I have already gained a lot of valuable knowledge and experience. This includes seeing how the company works and operates, structural engineering knowledge, drafting, and how things on paper look like in real life from going on inspections.

I realise that university and work have a lot of differences including having to always work efficiently and productively during work hours, real life projects have more variety and can be more challenging, having to communicate with a wide variety of people, and the work you do is implemented in real life which gives a great sense of achievement.

From my experience, some tips I give to students include:

  • Start applying – getting an undergraduate job at an engineering company for experience and would be easier to get graduate offers;
  • Familarise yourself with the company, job details and requirements;
  • Have a concise resume and cover letter;
  • Practice and be confident in answer general interview questions;
  • Be willing to continuous learn.

I strongly believe that I will enjoy my time working at Cornell Engineers and gain skills and memories that will last a life time. With my passion for residential construction,

I will do my best to provide high quality professional engineering designs and solutions.

Congratulations Rachel. It’s great to have you join us. We very excited to have such an amazing team.

Checking Decks

Following recent catastrophic failures of decks in Victoria and Queensland, I urge you to have the deck or verandah on your house or investment property inspected regularly by a professional.

Our Australian climate is very harsh and even the most durable construction materials will eventually degrade. The defects might not be visually obvious to you – so have a professional Check your Deck! Continue reading Checking Decks

Kenmore Project Kicked Off

Construction of this architecturally styled new home in Kenmore kicked off this month.


Splayed over three levels and nestled into the Kenmore landscape, this home features a luxurious mid-level master bedroom at the same level as the main living space and three more bedrooms on the upper level.

The home’s entry showcases the hearty colours of raw timber with exposed timber pergola rafters over shot edge timber decking. A truly magnificent ‘future ‘streetview’.

Project Team

Building designed by Roger Cook Design
Construction by Elysium Designed
Structural Engineering by Cornell Engineers


Cornell Engineers answer Year Three and Four’s Questions

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Cornell Engineers knows a bit about cyclones and their devastating effect on communities. So when we were asked by Year 3 and 4 class at Derrimut Primary School, an Inquiry-based government school in the Western Suburbs of Victoria that is learning about physics and natural disasters, we were quite keen to help.

There are currently 765 students enrolled and 49 nationalities across the year levels at Derrimut Primary.

The 3/4 Gallery 1 Community, consisting of 70 students, have been learning about physics as part of their Inquiry unit. The students have been exploring both simple and complex machines in the past and are now applying their knowledge on a global scale to discover how engineers use these tools to respond to issues around the world (such as natural disasters). How impressive!! Continue reading Cornell Engineers answer Year Three and Four’s Questions

Residential Structural Engineers