Melissa Reeves


  • Melissa is a high performing Project Civil Engineer with nine years’ experience in civil and rail construction (track, overhead wiring and civil infrastructure).
  • Melissa’s career has been built on a strong foundation with a varied and well-rounded project delivery background. She has experience in key areas such as short and long term project planning/programming, budgets to build, quality control, safety, material procurement, cost control/tracking and design constructability reviews.

Strengths & Skills

  • Project Management
  • Project Planning and Programming
  • Resource Management and Coordination
  • Quality Control
  • Stakeholder Management


Rail Planning Services

Project Engineer                                                                                                  2017

Melissa has been part of the team undertaking Automated Train Protection Site Surveys for WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff with the end client being TfNSW. The site surveys establish the assets that exist and provide data to enable the concept design for Advanced train control migration program (AMS). She has managed the field survey and the deployment of resources and access approvals.

Melissa has is also managing the Sydney Trains Interface and access approvals for Angle of Attack tests being undertaken on Cowan Bank for TfNSW.


Just Float Pty Ltd

Managing Director / Owner / CFO                                                                                                  2015 – 2016

Owned and operated my own Small Business (3 tank Floatation Centre) in Brisbane CBD. Started the business which turned into a successful operational business in only a few short months. Undertook the complete venture from concept, business start-up, company registration, fitout and day-to-day operation. Duties included company finances (Xero business accounting software), marketing and advertising and client services.


Laing O’Rourke Australia

Project Engineer – Bauhinia Electrification Project QLD – $120 Million                                                                                                  2013 – 2015

Associated with this project prior to commencement on site through to commissioning and handover. The D&C contract involved the electrification of 110km of freight line in Central Queensland (FIFO). Responsible for providing status reports, forecasts and resultant schedules on a weekly basis to management. Identified resources and requirements, assigned responsibilities and coordinated with project delivery staff directly to ensure successful completion of project. Tracked project progression using project management tools and self-developed tracking spreadsheets.

Managed and coordinated construction on site – coordination of labour and other engineering staff, Supervised and coordinated timely delivery of equipment and materials. Established safety and QA procedures for all activities, worked intimately with the design team to ensure we provided a value for money solution, coordinated work with clients and client-representatives to ensure all work was signed off on schedule and managed sub-contractors on site including contracts. 

Project Engineer – Southern Sydney Freight Line – $17 Million                                                                                                  2012

The project involved the track work component of the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL) from Villawood to Macarthur for 32km. Responsible for the management of the construction of three turnouts and straight track between Campbelltown and Glenfield. Organising and Coordinating Protection officers to work crews on a daily basis (up to 8 work crews on any one day spread out over the project). Planning and delivery of weekend possession works, coordination of labour and plant on site. Planning and supervising the loading of rail wagons to deliver the second-hand rail to the project locations and organisation of access for and delivery of all materials in a small rail corridor, including concrete sleepers and ballast.

Site Engineer | K7 Wharf Extension, NSW – $118 Million                                                                                                  2011 – 2012

This project involved constructing a 360m wharf and associated conveyor extension together with all land based structures to support the functionality and access to the wharf. Involved in the final stages of the project mainly responsible for the wharf fit-out and some major land-based concrete structures.

Responsibilities included planning and programming works in consultation with the site supervisory staff and the client. Liaising regularly with the client representatives in relation to design, quality and program. Ensuring site works progress to a high standard, in relation to both quality and safety. Material Takeoffs and Material Procurement, cost tracking and reporting to the Quantity Surveyor

Development and review of all task specific Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) and supervision of on-site implementation of control measures. Development of all Inspection and Test Plan (ITP) and Inspection and Test Checklist (ITC) with reference to client procedures and Australian Standards. Management of subcontractors – SWMS review, Quality inspections, contract management.

Planner| RRL- Package B EOI, VIC – Potentially $800 Million                                                                                                  2011 – 2012

RRL – Package B was one of 7 packages that formed Regional Rail Link Authority. It was a large project involving the design and construction of a new rail line in an already congested rail corridor including new stabling yard. The majority of work was conducted in a brown field site next to an operational rail line.

Site Engineer – Sydney Rail Operations (SRO)                                                                                                  2010 – 2012

SRO is a project delivery-based operation. Assisted on various projects which included the Traction Supply Upgrade Program (TSU) – Novorail (ongoing) (estimated – $20m), Station Road Bridge, Auburn – Novorail ($3m – combined with girder precast) and the Station Road Bridge Girder Precast, Auburn

Planning Engineer| Goonyella – Abbot Point Project ($600 Million)                                                                                                  2008 – 2009

Undergraduate Site Engineer| Goonyella – Abbot Point Project ($30 Million)                                                                                                  2006 – 2008

Undergraduate Engineer| Sydney Minor works                                                                                                  2006

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering – Honours), 2009
  • NAWIC Awards for Excellence (Merit – Leighton Contractors Achievement in Construction Refurbishment and Fitout), 2012