Role: Junior Engineer
Currently studying a Bachelor of Robotic and Mechatronic Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Management)
Engineers Australia (Student Member)
I began working at BMT Design & Technology in early 2015 as part of a 12-month Industry Based Learning program while I was studying at Swinburne University of Technology. I was offered a part-time position with BMT D&T at the conclusion of my placement, and this has allowed me to balance the completion of my degree, with work that allows me to continue my professional development and expand my skill set before graduating. I have been given many opportunities to be involved in real work while I've been with BMT D&T and have developed on a broad range of skills across many industries including: maritime engineering, software development, and advanced simulation in the commercial, government, transport, and defence sectors.
Why were you interested in working for BMT Design & Technology?
It was important to me that I obtain industry experience prior to commencing my final year of university. I knew that it would help me better direct my remaining studies and understand my desired career path. I have a family history in the maritime industry, so a placement at BMT D&T was appealing as I was aware of their innovative research and work in technology within the maritime defence sector. Working at BMT D&T has allowed me to gain invaluable experience in advanced technologies, in both established and promising emerging industries. I have been able to better target my desired career path and focus my final year of study.
How does the Industry Based Learning Program work?
The IBL program allows students to complete a year of industry placement prior to final year study. This gives students real experience working within a professional consultancy and also an insight into the industry. To gain this much experience before graduation is invaluable – it guides career direction and advances employment opportunities. IBL students at BMT D&T are allowed a high degree of autonomy, with significant responsibilities on a range of exciting projects, and all while being supported by experienced industry leaders.
What has been most challenging to date?
The complexity, autonomy, and variety of projects at the consultant standard of engineering. It has required learning initiative, creative problem solving, and the application of detailed technical knowledge to contribute to these projects and meet real deadlines. Working interstate on a major maritime project and navigating the weather, clients, deadlines and expectations was also challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable.
What is the most surprising aspect of your role?
The range of skills that can be learned and applied throughout the wide variety of projects in differing industries. Also the cross-boundary nature of engineering consultancy – this has allowed me to develop professional skills in some exciting but completely unfamiliar fields.
What advice would you give to current students?
Try to obtain some industry experience before graduating, as it will allow you to better realise your career goals. It will also guide and improve your remaining studies as you will be able to use your professional workplace skills.