Inspired by his parents and guided by CQUni, Timothy excels in the construction industry

Published:14 November 2019

Timothy Kross discussing plans with a work colleague

Thanks to his CQUniversity studies, Timothy Kross (left) landed full-time employment with Cavalier Engineering before graduating with a Bachelor of Building Design. He's now the organisation's Operations Manager and is about to celebrate 10 years of service.

Timothy Kross’ love for construction and design started back in the 1990s when he assisted builders with an extension of the family home.

Several years and qualifications later, he now works as Operations Manager for Cavalier Engineering, Gympie, and is about to celebrate 10 years of service.

“I’m extremely proud of my academic, work, and personal achievements over the past decade. I’ve had to overcome some massive hurdles, but this has helped shape me into the person I am today,” Mr Kross said.

“I owe a lot of my success to my parents. They have always supported me in my ventures, whether it be hobbies or work, and have sacrificed a lot to give me every opportunity to succeed.

“And, thanks to CQUniversity, throughout my career, I’ve been able to work and learn simultaneously, which has proven to be extremely beneficial in more ways than one. New learnings have quickly become relevant and very important.”

In fact, CQUni has been officially recognised as #1 in Australia for full-time employment and median salary by The Good Universities Guide 2020 for its courses in the field of architecture and building (including built environment).

Mr Kross’ progressive journey to success started with the former Cert III in Engineering (Technician), through Central Queensland Institute of TAFE in 2005, and has since seen him graduate with four additional qualifications.

“Since 2005, I’ve been completing various courses and qualification to further develop myself. I went on to study the Cert IV in Training and Assessment, and worked as a draftsman, gaining both technical and practical design skills,” Mr Kross said.

“I then enrolled to study the Bachelor of Building Design and secured employment with my current employer (Cavalier Engineering) well before I graduated in 2013.

“This was not only because the qualification aligned with the business’ needs but because the work-integrated learning aspect of the course gave me real-world experience and a competitive edge within the job market.

“This experience was so beneficial that I continued my studies with a Diploma of Project Management, which I completed in 2014, and, in 2019, I graduated with a Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours).”

Mr Kross is now currently studying a Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration, as well as an external Cert IV in Building (Low Rise) while working for Cavalier Engineering, where he has climbed the ranks.

“The organisation, which was a state finalist in the recent Queensland Training Awards, provides high-quality design, drafting, engineering, fabrication, and installation services to customers across a wide variety of disciplines,” he said.

“I was recently promoted to my current role – Operations Manager – which was a major achievement for me. My study, training, and education gave me the understanding and knowledge to progress into a more senior role within the organisation.

“As part of this role, I am responsible for process engineering; quality assurance; strategic business planning; staff sourcing, training, and ongoing management; key equipment maintenance management; and, occupational health and safety training, improvements and reporting.

“I don’t plan to stop here. Professionally, I’ve got my sights set on a Chief Executive Officer role for a construction or manufacturing company. This industry is my passion, and I want to make it to the top of the tree.

"It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. A saying I live by is – there’s a reason the rear-view mirror is so small, and the windscreen is so big.”

Applications for Term 1, 2020 study are now open. To apply for CQUni’s built environment courses go to