Graduate Program

ACE’s Graduate Program has been designed to expose graduate students to the industry with the guidance and mentoring of some of the best in the business. We believe in employing and training new graduates by giving them responsibility and autonomy, through a real job with real challenges.

Taking control of your future starts here. ACE will not only expose you to and hone in on the skills needed for a specific job, it will enhance your social intelligence, your presentation skills,  negotiation and problem-solving techniques will all grow, as well as heightening your social skills. This is the training you don’t get in school.

Ace Contractors Group has seven divisions, all under the one roof. The opportunity to grow in an environment shared by so many people with so many skill sets is rare. Take your career on a path you never even dreamed of by applying for the Graduate Program at ACE today!

Program Outline

A brief outline of the Graduate Program at ACE looks something like this:

  • Two year program comprising of time spent in the office and on site.
  • The program consists of rotating through the following areas: OHS management, quantity surveying, quality control, compliance, surveying.
  • Each Graduate is assigned a mentor for the first 12 months of their time with us. We fit you with your perfect match to make sure you get the most out of your time with them.
  • Monthly Reviews. Your performance will be reviewed monthly for the first 6 months, to ensure we are both ‘on track’ and maximising your learning.
  • Grad Breakfasts. Collective breakfasts are held every two months to discuss progress, innovation and ways to learn from each other.
  • Training. Each Graduate undertakes a minimum of 1 days formal training in their first 6-12 months.
  • An incremental pay increase occurs at 6 months, and annually thereafter.
  • Should you desire, you will be provided with the option of a 3 month career break after 24 months with us. You can pick up your job where you left off upon your return.
  • You have the opportunity to partake in a passion project, whatever you desire, in third world country? Live your Passions!

How to apply

Graduate Spotlight

“My dream job would be to be part of the redevelopment of RMIT Bundoora’s sports facilities as I have been working on design concept ideas for the precinct all year with Essendon FC and the VC of the uni.” – Marcus Vaiano

Marcus joined our Landscape team on the Graduate Program in February of this year. He has slotted into our family nicely and taken on his role professionally and with passion.

What lead you to the grad program at ACE?
Liam Campbell (former employee/current cricket player 🏏 ) informed me of ACE and its Graduate program this time last year at RMIT. Telling me of how he had enjoying his time.

What have been stand out events during your time at ACE?
The key stand out event for me at ACE was having put in and winning my first tender, The Eastbourne – (terrace landscape works).

What are your goals for the future?
My main goal for this year is to finish University and in 2019, simply to run the full length of a job from start to finish, getting stuck into all the troubles and difficulties of the profession.

“Working for ACE has been a rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable experience and I can definitely say I feel like part of the family.

I really appreciate the opportunity ACE has given me to kick-start my career in the construction industry.” – Ed Condon

Ed Condon started with ACE last year during his penultimate year at Uni. He started in Infrastructure helping out on the Grey River Bridge project after hearing about our graduate program through the RMIT job portal.

Ed’s stand out times during his time with us have been:

  • Concrete pour of the bridge deck at Bridge Inn Rd, Wollert.
  • Starting up and mobilising the Grey River Bridge Replacement project on the Great Ocean Rd. 
  • Beam lift and deck pour at Grey River.
  • Starting up and mobilising the Pykes Creek Bridge Strengthening project at Myrniong.
  • Scaffolding lift at Pykes Creek.

“My experience at ACE as an undergraduate engineer has been the best thing I could’ve done to prepare me for the industry.

Asoka and Stefan are extremely understanding when it comes to juggling Uni and Work and I couldn’t ask for better mentors so thanks to them for the support and guidance that I will take with me wherever I go.” – Jesse Williams

What lead you to the grad program at ACE?
ACE has always been a Family environment for  me. My mother, her sister and my father’s sister all work/worked here. I have wanted to work here since I discovered my passion for Engineering 5 years ago.

What have been stand out times/events during your time at ACE?
ACE have put me in the infrastructure division under Asoka and Stefan. They have both been great mentors, allowing me to tackle problems head on and correct me if needed. The biggest stand out for me was organising the bridge demolition works at Grey River on the Great Ocean road. Between organising a 100T cranes, saw cutters, scaffolders and semi-trailers on one of the busiest tourist roads in Victoria, it was a great experience and something not many engineers can say they have done at 22 years old.

What are you goals for the future?
I want to gain as much knowledge in the contracting/project management industry as possible. Diversifying into the infrastructure, civil and High-rise construction areas, deem my favourite niche to work in and narrow in on that. But at this point, getting my degrees at university is the main focus!

“It has been the best experience to join a company that genuinely cares about your progress and success.” – Nadeesha Mayadunne 

What lead you to the grad program at ACE?
I initially heard about Ace through RMIT, and when I did some research into the company, I saw a really positive work environment and a good support system for graduates. It has been the best experience to join a company that genuinely cares about your progress and success.

What have been stand out times/events during your time at ACE?
Some of the most stand out times so far was my time working at Fawkner Cemetery. It was a really interesting job with both civil and landscaping works involved. It was a great site to start off with and it gave me the opportunity to really learn about the different aspects of civil construction, in particular, the importance of building good relationships.

What are you goals for the future?
In the future I would want to be genuinely happy both at home and in my work. I’d also love to keep travelling around the world; and learning new things about different cultures/backgrounds. I think that the more experiences you have in life, the more appreciative you can be of what you have.

“Seeing the ‘real world’ of construction was one of the more valuable experiences for me, and generally I think it is a great experience for all grads who may never have seen a construction work site in action.” – Mitchell Jacques

What lead you to the grad program at ACE?
After working as an undergraduate for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel tender I found myself looking for experience with a smaller contractor as I’d heard that the experience was generally much broader and as a result you learn faster. So when my final year lecturer at RMIT Dr Abbas Mohajerani sent me the PD for ACE’s graduate program I was quick to apply.

What have been stand out events during your time at ACE?
From the beginning being thrown on the job site as a labour hand was by far the biggest contrast from Uni I have faced. Seeing the ‘real world’ of construction was one of the more valuable experiences for me, and generally I think it is a great experience for all grads who may never have seen a construction worksite in action.

What are you goals for the future?
I would like to gain my chartered professional engineer status.