Joe Muller

Senior Structural Engineer 021 884 204 download v-card

Your most interesting projects / accomplishments?

Working as an engineer on windfarm projects on the West Coast of Ireland, was a great learning experience in an environment and with aspects not usually encountered in typical construction projects. Simply enabling concrete lorry access across steep boggy conditions to pour the wind turbine foundations, was a challenge itself.

Having just arrived in Christchurch after the earthquakes in 2012, one of my first projects was to oversee the deconstruction of the QEII Sports Stadium, which was originally built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games. That involved one of the largest crane lifts attempted in NZ, as a large part of the roof was removed in one piece.

Another rather unusual project I remember, was when I undertook the design of a foundation system to support the boom, dipper stick and bucket assembly of a historic large steam shovel for a mining museum.

Following the M7.8 earthquakes in 2016, I to assisted in assessing buildings and homes in Kaikoura. I feel privileged to be able to use my skills as an engineer to help following such events.  

What you love most about your job?

I’d have to say it’s the creativity and challenging problem solving of engineering that is addictive to me. Nothing beats taking an idea to paper, to construction and then being able to walk around inside the physical result.

Why you followed this career path?

Well, having studied business after school, my career started off in restaurant and retail store management, but I never really had much love for it. I realised I had a passion for engineering when watching Mega Structures on Discovery Channel for the first time when I was about 24 and I was hooked. I enrolled myself in Uni and here I am today.

Your interests outside of work?

Olympic sleeping? Nah… I love all things to do with the ocean and am a keen swimmer. I thoroughly enjoy fishing too, even though I mostly catch nothing. Woodworking is a hobby and I’ve been known create a table or two every ten years or so. I love motorbikes and get out for spin as often as possible. I used to be able to play the piano years ago, but have mostly forgotten how, so one of my goals is to get back into practice. 

 What or who motivates you?

Challenges motivate me and people like my mum, with a “go-getter” attitude in life, have always been an inspiration to me. 

 Who do you love to work with?

Generally, people who are positive, have a passion for their career and ideas, whatever those may be, whilst being able to keep an open mind, are great to work with.