Meet Our People: Febby Afria, Coordinator Geotechnical Engineer
What is your name?
My name is Febby Afria.
How long have you been with GroundProbe?
I’ve been working as a Geotechnical Engineer for around five years, I started my career as a graduate in August 2017.
What do you consider to be the best part of working at GroundProbe?
The best part of working at GroundProbe is that I don’t just work, but I am also encouraged to grow as a professional. GroundProbe has provided me with many growth opportunities through mentoring, learning from team discussions and seniors, having site placement experience, and learning from external training and other development programs.
Can you describe a typical day working as a Geotechnical Engineer?
As a Remote Monitoring Engineer, I work 12-hour shifts with a team of 14 people, which is quite challenging. My work demands accuracy and sound decision-making to deliver effective slope stability and risk management report as part of GroundProbe’s Geotechnical Services.
What did you learn from taking part in GroundProbe’s Women in Leadership Program?
A lot of things. Thanks to this program I have been able to develop myself professionally, explore other perspectives on overcoming any obstacles, and learn how to communicate and engage with others in my team more effectively. Additionally, I have observed and heard a wide range of experiences, viewpoints, and perspectives from Australian women working in various sectors and professions.
What advice do you have for young women considering a career as a Geotechnical Engineer?
Take advantage of every chance or challenge that is presented to you without hesitation. Despite all the obstacles in your path, it offers an excellent chance for personal and professional growth.
How important is diversity for you?
Working within a diverse team is important as they are stronger and better by having various viewpoints, approaches, and skill sets which help reach the optimal answer and solution faster. Additionally, I can learn a lot from my co-workers who have geotechnical engineering knowledge from different mines.
As a female lead, what does the future look like for young female Geotechnical Engineers?
In progressive organisations such as GroundProbe, women are encouraged to take on leadership roles so the future looks great. More than one-third of GroundProbe’s Geotechnical Services Team are female Geotechnical Engineers. Their strong performances have shown that women are capable of competing and worthy of consideration as team leaders in the future.