So, you want to be an engineer? Well then, you've got some decisions to make. If you have a talent for maths and science, chances are that a teacher, a careers advisor, perhaps even an employer, has suggested that you might make a good engineer. And it’s certainly true that people who excel in these subjects often possess the skills needed in engineering - problem-solving, innovation, critical thinking, meticulous attention to detail, and curious perseverance are just some examples of these skills. What you might not realise is that to be an engineer can mean many, many things. If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an engineer is a middle-aged man, wearing a hard hat, standing on a building site, then you might be surprised to learn that engineers work in nearly every sector and industry across the world.
From working as an Electrical Marine Technician in the Navy, enrolling in a Bachelor of Engineering, to eventually finding himself in Western India as part of an Engineers Without Borders Summit, CDU student Dion Morrow’s path to becoming an Electrical Engineer as certainly been an interesting one. Here, Dion explains what led him to CDU, and why his trip to India highlighted the way in which engineering and humanitarian efforts can be linked.
There’s no denying that undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) is a big commitment. But, there are ways to make it a little easier to tackle. We asked Rebecca Murray, a research supervisor at CDU, for her tips on succeeding with a research degree. She knows a thing or two: as well as being a wife, mum and Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance at CDU, she recently completed her own PhD and has supervised many HDR students over the years.
As an NT local, Shannon always had her sights set on CDU for when she finished Year 12. She’s now in her fourth year of studying a Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Engineering (Civil & structural) at the Casuarina campus in Darwin and plans to graduate in 2019. Shannon will be graduating with great memories from her time at uni: she’s travelled to Indonesia on a humanitarian research trip; made new friends; started one of CDU’s most active social clubs; been an Engineers Australia Student Ambassador for CDU; won three awards (so far) for outstanding achievement and commitment; and received a few scholarships, proving that hard work does pay off!
Rikki Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering* from CDU in May 2018. She was nominated by her lecturers as a valedictorian for her outstanding personal achievements and academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she shares her determination to create a better future for her family. * This course has been replaced by the Bachelor of Engineering Science.
After completing Year 12, Mel Green took a few gap years and worked full-time before deciding on which university and course was right for her. After researching her options, she chose to study a Bachelor of Information Technology with CDU. Studying online from both South Australia and New South Wales, Mel has now completed her IT degree and is looking forward to attending her graduation Darwin in 2018! We asked Mel who recently completed her IT studies about her experiences, goals, challenges and achievements.
Are you thinking of studying engineering, but unsure about what’s involved or nervous about the challenges ahead? The fear of being defeated played as a key motivator for Sky McFarlane in completing her Bachelor of Civil Engineering. With the support and encouragement of her proud family, she recently graduated in Darwin and we had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her engineering study experience.
If you’ve always had an interest in science, maths and technology, see how you can apply these theories to practical challenges and help shape a better future.