Five Minutes With – Jeremy Clapp

SA Manager Buildings & Infrastructure

Jeremy Clapp

Jeremy Clapp has worked with FMG for 2 decades across a variety of departments. Today Jeremy is not only the manager of the Buildings and Infrastructure group but also a director of the company. Over the past 2 decades he has worked on some of Adelaide’s most iconic infrastructure projects creating a professional legacy that has inspired many emerging engineers.

What drew you to Engineering as a career?

I’ve always liked understanding how things go together. My hobbies as a kid were lego, trains, pulling apart the lawnmower and fixing my bike…so always dabbling and tinkering.

What’s the most rewarding part of your role?

In the past it has been seeing something tangible for my efforts. Now that I am part of the grey brigade it is seeing the growth and development of younger engineers and being a part of managing a sizeable business. I really enjoy the client relations.

What career advice do you have for those starting out in this industry?

Be willing to back your judgement, know your limitations and when you need to ask questions – do. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Talk to people…. don’t hide behind emails.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee….c’mon, I ride bikes.

If you could give your past self 1 piece of advice what would it be?

Take holidays.

Do you have a personal mantra or a quote that inspires you?

As a young engineer, a construction manager told me a couple of things that have stuck with me. As an engineer we are expected to make decisions, many a day. Do. Indecision is paralysis so make decisions and keep going. And second, it is only a stuff up if you can’t fix it (his language was a little more robust). To me they are important messages as there is not much that can’t be fixed. It is how you conduct yourself in resolving things that matters.

Is there a stand out project from your time with FMG? What makes it special?

What makes it special? Lots!

I have especially enjoyed my working with the thoroughbred racing industry. I’ve been lucky to be involved in five major track constructions and numerous other little projects with some great characters over the years.

What do you like about working with FMG?

It has been good to me, great people, provided great opportunities and a great diversity in what we do.

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