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From Lego To Road Maintenance For Asheesh

Asheesh Chand vividly remembers that, as a nine-year old boy, the only two toys he loved were lego and cars. He loved to build and rebuild things and would deconstruct
19 Jul 2018 10:00
From Lego To Road Maintenance For Asheesh
From left: Fulton Hogan Hiways Joint Venture Rural West Manager Asheesh Chand auditing one of Fulton Hogan Site in Koronivia.

Asheesh Chand vividly remembers that, as a nine-year old boy, the only two toys he loved were lego and cars.

He loved to build and rebuild things and would deconstruct every single car that his parents bought for him, just because he was curious to see how it was made.

“As I grew older I was always amazed when I saw bridges and roads. To me, the structures and the designs of the road were wonderful,” he said with a smile.

Asheesh now works for Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) as the Rural East manager for the Maintenance Department and looks after 49 employees.

“My role is basically looking after the Naqali and Taunovo Depot areas for our major maintenance contract. I make sure that we keep our clients happy by meeting deadlines, ensuring work is done with safety and quality, and I also take care of my work crews,” he said.

The journey to become a civil engineer wasn’t an easy one for the 29-year-old, but with sacrifices and hard work he made his dreams possible and became the first civil engineer of the family.

Born and bred in Suva, with two older sisters, Asheesh was expected to be, not only “the man around the house,” but also to share what was traditionally seen as “women’s work”, taking his turn to wash dishes and his own clothes.

Following his primary education at Annesley, Suva Methodist School and Nehru Memorial Primary School, secondary schooling to Form 7 level at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School, Asheesh continued his studies at the Fiji National University and completed his Diploma in Civil Engineering in 2008.

He also successfully completed his Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering in 2009.

From 2012 to 2013, the Suva lad attended the University of Southern Queensland to complete his Bachelor in Engineering Technology, majoring in Civil Engineering.

“Seeing my parents enthusiasm in supporting my studies and their sacrifices inspired me to be as successful as possible. My father was the only breadwinner and my mum was a warm, kind woman, who looked after us daily,” he said.

Mr Chand started working as a road inspector with FHH in 2015, where his perseverance and hard work has led to his promotion to his current position.

“I’m proud of my hard work. Working hard won’t always lead to the exact things we desire, but I have a great satisfaction in the blessings from my mother and father, who instilled a great work ethic in me, both personally and professionally. And I am thankful for FHH giving me these opportunities, ” Mr Chand said.

When asked what is the most satisfying part of his job, Asheesh said with his bright smile, “Delivering the work is satisfying and going out on site to rural areas where we get a big ‘Vinaka,’ from the general public”.

Asheesh is happily married and loves playing soccer and squash in his leisure time.

 

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