Dean Carter

Hydraulic Designer
Year joined DMA: May 2017

I’m able to pair a flexible approach with an understanding of the safety and operability requirements of a project, tailored to suit my client’s needs.

My professional background

For ten years I worked as a qualified plumber and drainer on a large variety of commercial and industrial projects. In 2017, DMA gave me the opportunity to work with them as a cadet hydraulic designer. I enjoy problem-solving to create functional and cost-effective designs.

Using my previous experience as a plumber and drainer and the experience I have so far gained in engineering, I am able to offer my clients a wealth of knowledge and advice that can assist in solving issues and identifying problems before they arrive on site and throughout the build. When challenges do present themselves, I am quick to assist my clients and help all parties involved achieve a positive outcome.


My specialisations

  • Shopping Centre Developments, Retail, Apartments, Large Townhouse Developments, Health Care, Aged Care
  • AutoCAD
  • Hydraulic services installation and design
  • Gravitational and pump assisted sanitary drainage
  • Trade waste drainage
  • Stormwater drainage and detention systems
  • Rainwater reticulation
  • Roof, gutters and downpipes
  • Cold water supply
  • Domestic, potable and non-potable water
  • Hot water supply including solar water heating systems
  • Fire hydrant and fire hose reel systems
  • LP/Natural gas reticulation including bulk storage.

My key project experience

I’ve had a wide range of experience during my time at DMA, and I’ve seen many different projects in different areas. My work on some major projects has included:

  • Assisted the lead engineer with designs and liaising with the architects, builders and plumbing contractors on the Lutwyche Shopping Centre refurbishment.
  • Responsible for completing hydraulic designs on new build and remodels for numerous McDonald’s restaurants. This included obtaining approvals with councils and other authorities and completing site visits and reports, making sure installations were to a high standard and met the client’s requirements.
  • Assisted the lead engineer with designs and liaison with the architects, builders and plumbing contractors on the Fairfield Shopping Centre project.

Responsible for completing the hydraulic designs and obtaining approvals from councils and other authorities for multiple designs for plumbers based in Brisbane, consistently achieving quick turnarounds to meet client needs.

My qualifications

  • Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing Services
  • Certificate III in Construction Services (General Plumbing Trade)
  • QBCC Hydraulic Services Design License.
  • Uponor Hydronic heating certified installer UK.
  • Licensed Plumber and Drainer.
  • Endorsed to test backflow prevention and thermostatic mixing valves
  • Enter combined spaces, working at heights and scissor and boomlift endorsed

Professional Memberships, including any committee positions

  • Student Member
  • Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants of Australia (AHSCA QLD. Inc.)

What creating inner beauty means to me

Creating inner beauty means creating a design that may not be seen but due to the complexity and beauty of the hydraulic design this has allowed the client to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing overall product.