Careers with STEM: Engineering 2018

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he UTS is taking a lead role to ensure students are prepared for their future career with new programs in data engineering, electronics engineering, software engineering and computing science. The data engineering major reflects the current global demand for engineers and IT professional with data analytics skills. "There are a lot of opportunities for students with a strong STEM background," says Dr Eva Cheng, senior lecturer in Electrical and Data Engineering. Rachel Birrell is in her first year of data engineering and has her eye on a career in cybersecurity or network engineering. She’s loving her time at UTS and has “made lots of great friends." She's also a UTS scholar through the Women in Engineering and IT (WiEIT) Program, one of the most inclusive STEM networks in the country. “We have an open arms approach,” says Eva, who is the program’s deputy director. WiEIT is a community of staff, students and professionals from different disciplines and offers undergraduate students weekly drop-in sessions, social and networking events and a mentoring program pairing students with industry experts. – Larissa Fedunik-Hofman


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TECH: PET recycling plant

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By 2050, there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish. It’s a scary thought. Darren Lomman is a mechanical engineer and he’s working to turn this problem around. Darren is setting up a reprocessing facility in Perth that recycles PET bottles into 3D printer filament for schools and there’s been a great response. “For term three this year, we’re planning to expand from eight to 50 schools,” Darren says. The plant aims to be fully operational by mid-2019. More info: Follow GreenBatch •

When Stephen Bornstein, aerospace engineer and founder of Cyborg Dynamics Engineering, saw the aeromedical simulator in action – in southern Australia as part of the outreach activities of the Royal Flying Doctor Service – he had an idea. Stephen suggested adding a cockpit to the simulator to make the learning experience more engaging. Once he got going, his engineering skills helped with every aspect of the project, “from the systems we put in, to making it more affordable,” Stephen says. More info: RFDS Look! Up in the Sky schools program •

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TECH: Robotic hand

Many amputees won’t use prosthetics if they’re tough to operate. So Denny Oetomo, an associate professor from the Melbourne Robotics Laboratory, is working on an easy-to-use robotic hand. “We don’t want to make prostheses more complicated, rather understand what’s needed and drive the solution accordingly,” Denny explains. He is collaborating with surgical researchers to restore amputees’ sense of touch through artificial limbs. More info: Robots with a Human Touch •

TECH: Solar panels

Engineers Without Rebecca Watts joined In 2015, ANU graduate 20 households an, affordable power for Borders to provide cle ia. “Working with g, a village in Cambod and a school in Ta Pin od-quality solar was able to source go local entrepreneurs, I energy,” she ation about renewable panels and share inform w people think broaden the idea of ho says. Rebecca hopes to e a woman n in a hard hat), to includ about engineers (a ma . in the developing world installing biodigesters log • More info: EWB blog




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Anastasia Volkova founded Sydney-based tech startup FluroSat to help farmers grow more with less. “FluroSat merges my aeronautical passions with a desire to make an impact in the world,” she says. Anastasia’s vision all started with an engineering course at University of Sydney and evolved into a company that uses hyperspectral cameras mounted on drones or satellites to detect crop stress and optimise fertiliser use. “Crop stressors are visible to the sensor before they are visible to a human eye,” Anastasia explains. More info:

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GOAL: Fire safety TECH: Fire safe timber structures

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GOAL: Clean air and water TECH: Water treatment system and improved cookstove

Millions of people die from water contamination or deadly gases from cookstoves with inefficient combustion. Later this year, Dr Cris Birzer from the University of Adelaide hopes to save lives in countries such as India and Nepal and provide solutions for resource-constrained communities. The aim? To create a cookstove that mixes combustible gases with air to burn cleanly, as well as a portable water treatment plant that uses sunlight to produce oxygen radicals that sterilise water. More info: – Nadine Cranenburgh




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How do I choose the best engineering course for me? Once you’ve got the ATAR down, location and course costs are also big considerations when you’re deciding where to apply. Got a uni in mind? Find out as much about the course as you can. Visit the School of Engineering home page and, if possible, take a trip to the campus. Some engineering courses have more of an emphasis on theory. Others cover the vocational, hands-on approach. Majors on offer will also vary, so check that what you’re interested in is available. Industry experience is also compulsory to graduate, so find out if your uni has an industry engagement program, too. University open days often have programs just for engineering students. You can visit the facilities and talk to students, lecturers and careers advisors. With the right info, you’ll be able to choose the best course for you, with your ATAR in hand and ready to go! – Larissa Fedunik-Hofman



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STEMship program

STEMship is an Australian-first VET pathway for high school kids. The 15-week program kicked off in May this year, accepting 16 students in Years 10–12 from the Hunter Region, at TAFE NSW Newcastle. Year 11 student Zane Folpp is looking forward to gaining practical skills that will prepare him for a job in advanced manufacturing. “I’m interested in the engineering and manufacturing side of things and enjoy getting my hands dirty, pulling things apart and putting them back together. I believe by doing this program and having valuable contact with industries, I will be a step above other candidates,” Zane says. Completing STEMship gets you a full Certificate III in Engineering – Technical, as well as a month-long practical industry placement. TAFE NSW Head of SkillsPoint, Karen Humphreys says, “it’s our job to ensure students are equipped with real, practical skills and experience needed to be in demand and get the job they want.”



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etting into engineering usually requires four yea rs at uni plugging away at a Bachelor (Honours) de gree or a five-year Masters de gree. Then there’s the cer tification by an engineering profes sional body, such as En gineers Australia. But if the un i pathway isn’t the right fit for you, there are other roads you can take to the en gin eering dream. Completing a Diploma of Engineering or a pro gram like STEMship at TAFE NS W Newcastle means you can jump straight into work as an engineering technician. You can also move into a technical or management role thr ough a one-year Diploma or two-year Ad vanced Diploma of En gin eering. You could even establish you r own project-managem en t startup! If you decide to change direction along the wa y, a Diploma of Engineering can als o be used as a step int o fur ther study so your options are alw ays open. You can’t los e! Check out our options to find the alternative that fits you...



Advanced Diploma of Engineering, RMIT

Former tradie Rory Geoghegan was tossing around the idea of studying to become an electrician when he enrolled in a Certificate IV in Telecommunications at TAFE. Along the way, he discovered that he was really interested in network infrastructure – the hardware and software resources that support computing, like servers and routers. Rory completed the Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems (CS)

Engineering at RMIT and loved it. The course gave him a great background in networks and completely prepared him for industry certification. Through his diploma, Rory has gained entry into a Bachelor of Engineering (Computers & Networks, Honours) at RMIT and is working part-time as an e-learning assistant. “My favourite thing about CS engineering is that it’s challenging, it really makes you think,” says Rory.

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siobhan tagell – business leader

Siobhan Tagell worked in office-product management and as the director of a charitable fund before finding her engineering career as the founder of Perfect Plan Project Management. Her startup is dedicated to making home construction projects run smoothly. The idea came about from Siobhan’s own experiences in renovating. “It’s really hard to do while running your work and personal life,” Siobhan explains. She saw an opportunity for a business that would manage the process for others, making construction projects simpler, cheaper and much less stressful for the client. Siobhan manages the project from start to finish, although her clients are free to have as much involvement as they like. “I have a cachet of trusted contractors who I partner with, including architects, builders, renderers, painters, plumbers and electricians. I also have a female architect and electrician – girl power!” says Siobhan. Her favourite parts of her role include problem solving unexpected issues for her clients. “I like to see an idea come to fruition, from the first plan to finalisation,” she says.

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Diploma of Engineering, UTS Insearch

Andrew Moon was always interested in technology and gadgets but worked in sales after high school. Keen to expand his skills, he enrolled in a Diploma of Software Engineering through the UTS Insearch program. “It’s a great stepping stone to further andrew moon study. The requirements are really – from clear and the smaller cohort means you sales to eng can develop close friendships,” says Andrew. – Larissa Fedunik-Hofman




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Take charge Meet Helena Kertesz. She’s a leader and an expert ’bot builder


elena Kertesz was working on a year 12 art project when she found her passion for engineering and robotics. She was creating insects partially built from actual exoskeletons when her teacher asked her to try and make them move. “I just fell in love with electronics and programming and all the mechanics,” Helena says. Helena is now pursuing a Mechatronic Engineering and Computer Science degree at the UNSW. “It's a bit of everything,” she says. “A bit of computing, a bit of electrical engineering, a bit of mechanical engineering, and a lot of making those three things play nice together.” Helena has also been president of BLUEsat, a UNSW student space society where a group of undergrads share a mission to build space hardware and enter competitions together. Helena has competed in the European Rover Challenge in Poland, not once but twice, as part of the group. So, how does she plan to apply her mechatronics and computer engineering skills? “I don’t know where the future will take me, but I want to put my knowledge to use in ways that will help others.” – Blaine Jarvis







New kid on the block

chris natoli – blockchain expert


Heard of Bitcoin? It’s a big deal. Virtual currencies like this are just one way blockchain technology is revolutionising industries


n May this year, a shipment of soybeans was traded between Argentina and Malaysia using ‘blockchain’, a technology best known for its application in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The transaction was a big deal – in the mainstream biz world, it shows all the signs that blockchain technology is here to stay, which means engineering expertise in the finance sector is going to be a huge skill to have. So, what’s the deal? Blockchain is a distributed log, or ledger, of transactions shared across a global network of computers. The transactions are added in batches, called blocks, which require a high amount of computing power to produce and the entire network has to agree for them to go through. Any changes to previous transactions or blocks require everything to be recalculated – this uses up a lot of resources, making it difficult for history to be changed. As a result, each network node participates without needing any third party or governing body – for example, in the case of cryptocurrency, people can pay each other without having to go through a bank. “This complete decentralisation means there is no central server running or responsible for the chain, rather the entire network holds everything,” explains Chris Natoli, who is doing his PhD on blockchain technology at the University of Sydney. His research is focused on solving some of the problems currently faced by blockchains, such as improving transaction speed and lowering energy consumption. Blockchain is already being applied in Sweden for property transactions, and the government of Dubai wants all official documentation to be handled using blockchain by 2020. It’s putting blockchain to work in these kinds of everyday applications that Chris is pumped about. “One of the most exciting changes to come is the adoption of blockchains into everyday life,” he says. “Each day, new projects are proposed both in academic research and in industry, presenting new opportunities for the integration of blockchains, and for the future direction of the technology.” This year RMIT University launched Australia’s first university course specifically about blockchain technology, and according to Mick Motion-Wise, who works for the Australian Government as a technology architect specialising in blockchain, job opportunities are skyrocketing. “New jobs are appearing every day for skilled developers,” he says. – Gemma Chilton



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any engineers are surprised to find the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) employs significant numbers of engineering graduates. With 15.9 million customers, CBA runs one of Australia’s largest IT groups. “Around 2000 people work in software development across CBA,” says Quinton Anderson, CBA’s distinguished engineer (above). Quinton heads up a team of over 200 engineers who engage in high-level software development for the bank. Around 80 of his team are systems engineers. “Our systems engineers have backgrounds in software engineering, IT administration and IT operations, and can combine all three skill sets to build, run and operate complex systems, with high degrees of automation,” he explains. He adds that similar roles can be given a different job title in some organisations – such as ‘site reliability engineer'. Quinton says that ‘DevOps’

(developer and operations teams working together) is the norm in most IT teams now. One such DevOps project is CommBiz, CBA's online business banking application. “CommBiz is a collection of systems engineering and business application teams who work together to deliver the end-to-end solution,” says Quinton.

Better use of data Another project Quinton's team manages is the CBA’s analytics infrastructure and applications. “Analytics involves loading and managing all the bank's data; it’s a huge amount, we have petabytes (millions of gigabytes) of data,” he says. The analytics experts in Quinton’s area help CBA optimise business operations in various parts of the bank – from helping marketing to identify the number of times customers appreciate receiving a call, to helping security teams predict whether someone’s credit card has been stolen or their bank account hacked.




Problem solving and critical thinking Thinking logically and reaching evidence-based conclusions is key.



Communication skills Being confident and articulate – and a good listener – ticks this box.

Getting great grads Brett Levin is the CBA’s general manager of Delivery Enablement and Acceleration (responsible for building CBA’s software delivery automation platform). He says uni graduates joining the CBA benefit from the bank’s focus on career journeys. “We talk to our staff about their aspirations and work out how they can get there, providing more clarity and support for their progressive career journeys,” he says. He says CBA’s vast technology footprint across the business gives engineers the chance to get broad exposure across different technologies and businesses, on a significant scale. “If an engineer is curious about, for example, business applications or user experience, we can provide exposure to many forms of application development. Whereas, engineers who are more curious about engineering automation solutions can get exposure to systems engineering,” he says. – Fran Molloy


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ennifer May graduated from ANU in Canberra with a Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) (Honours) degree, majoring in electronics and communications, and systems engineering. She’s now a part of Commonwealth Bank’s Enterprise Services graduate program. “I work in the Continuous Delivery Technology team. We provide the strategic direction, technical expertise and on-going support for various tools and services that improve the quality and speed of delivery of software applications across the bank,” she explains. Jennifer says she’s been blown away by the critical nature and sheer scale of the systems she’s dealing with at CBA. “The secure, reliable and consistent delivery of software applications is critical, if we are to meet the bank's growing, and ever-changing, demands,” she says. “The graduate program at CBA allows me to explore different projects and learn where everything fits in the organisation.” Bachelor of Engineering (HONours), ANU

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ndrew Moore, a PhD student at the University of Sydney, is working on a vehicle that could fly you to work by 2020. “We’ll never be stuck in traffic again!” Andrew exclaims. After graduating from UNSW Sydney in aerospace engineering, Andrew is involved in the design of a revolutionary aircraft called vertiia – a ‘verti-plane’ – as part of his PhD research. This very cool verti-plane is andrew Moore powered by electric motors and won't require flying car inventor a pilot. With tilting wings and electric propellers that are much smaller and quieter than traditional internal combustion engines, it’s also set to help reduce what aircraft emissions contribute to climate change... a major drawcard for Andrew leading him down the engineering path. “Every key thing that has enabled humanity to advance has been rooted in solving an engineering problem,” says Andrew. Engineers are already using another form of the technology to revolutionise agriculture and health. While studying biomedical engineering at the University of Sydney, Saron Berhane helped develop a technology called BioScout, which uses drones to look for pathogens in the air around crops. The BioScout drone collects samples, which are analysed immediately, giving farmers a great tool to avoid crop diseases such as the fungus wheat leaf rust. “An estimated $206 million is spent trying to stop pathogens attacking crops,” Saron says. BioScout is being developed commercially, and Saron believes the technology could have broader applications – for example in the health sector, like tracking germs in hospitals. With all of these exciting discoveries, there’s strong demand for innovative engineers like Saron and Andrew. – Phil Dooley

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Master of Engineering (Electrical with Business) student Kevin Ngo (second from right) wa s part of the winning team, which als o included mechanical and biome dical engineering students. “Having different persp ectives brought really valuable insights to the project,” says Ke vin. With energy-generating win dmills, solar-powered buses an d vir tualreality learning, the tea m’s design focused on innovative technologies. The competing groups received feedback from industry partners and each winning team me mber received a 12-month mentoring experience from an industry profes sional. “The mentorship was rea lly rewarding!” says Kevin . He gained great study and career tips from his mentor, Ex xonMobil engineer and University of Melbourn e engineering graduate, Danielle Gra nt. “At the heart of engineering is a drive to develop the future,” say s Danielle, who described the stu dents as “the next generation of pro blem solvers.” – Larissa Fedunik-Hofm an


Out of this world NASA engineer Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Jens is making interplanetary travel a real thing th Jens was countr y Victoria, Dr Be rowing up in Torquay, c space ace. Watching the classi always fascinated by sp on. ssi pa r he ted en -year-old cem movie Apollo 13 as a 12 e in gre de al du a d so she studie Beth also loved physics, it to ke ma To al? go d cs at uni. Her en engineering and physi began her ance paid off, and she NASA. Beth's persever nford Sta at s & Astronautics Masters in Aeronautic a in 2011. University in Californi and its rid rocket combustion hyb on During her PhD spent th Be s, on loration missi application to space exp ng on her rki wo ory pulsion Laborat time at NASA’s Jet Pro ner, challenging as a foreig research. “It was highly l military tia ten po h rocket s, wit particularly in a field like s. applications,” she say pulsion Lab me at NASA’s Jet Pro l-ti ful Beth now works of a mini rocket proving performance across two projects: im ry missions, and ebox!) for interplaneta (about the size of a sho , due to launch of the NASA Mars Rover working on a subsystem nik-Hofman in 2020. – Larissa Fedu


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the stars essica Orr has looked to le girl. litt a s wa from when she ronaut ast an be “I've wanted to me e gav ad since my grand nets in grade gaz a ma ine about the pla n, my goal has the three,” she says. “Since ace industry.” osp been to work in the aer jessica orr – the product t ou Jessica first learnt ab gy olo boeing aerodynamics hn tec d an n design process in desig l ica an ch engineer me dy stu to in Year 12, and went on ing at the University of and aerospace engineer eer for Boeing an aerodynamics engin w no e’s Sh . nd sla een Qu ng simulations a, as part of a team creati ali str Au res ctu tru ros Ae of space. But Jessica still dreams of new aircraft designs. ern intensive five-week South In 2016, she completed the ek we 10a Program, followed by Hemisphere Space Study Iowa. in r nte the Ames Research Ce u get internship with NA SA at yo e, sit t ica l buildings on tha s “There are so many histor wa e on ery ev 1950s or 1960s when a sense of working in the on,” says Jessica. rushing to get to the mo giant leaps, gineers might have made Those early aerospace en turing. fac nu ovations in smart ma but today it’s all about inn using nts ne po factures aircraft com idly Boeing designs and manu rap are re terials like carbon fib are advanced composites. Ma y the se ospace industry, becau replacing metal in the aer lightweight. strong while also being to turing market is predicted The globa l smart manufac turing fac nu ma lion by 2025. Despite over grow to nearly $US400 bil ys plo em ll enges, the industry sti ing being faced with its chall us rt sta ers d as more manufactur d 900,000 Australians. An an cs oti rob 3D printing, advanced smart technologies like those with the re will be jobs ga lore for Big-Data processing, the ustries are ind ve, oil and aerospace right skills. The automoti d. s set to be transforme three of the major sector ng gest challenges of worki Jessica says one of the big much so is re technology is that the with such cutting-edge blems pro w ne u’re always working on for uncharted territory. “Yo ask go to e ore, so there is no on h that no one has solved bef suc is m tea a at’s why working in the answer,” she says. “Th gineering!” an important aspect of en take off Jessica adds, is seeing it The best part of her job, g-haul lon w ne the 777X program [a – literally. “I worked on s for the flie it en year at Boeing and wh t my aircraft] during my first tha ing ow kn such a great feeling first time it’s going to be r lke Wa that happen.” – Ch loe work went into ma king



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Safety first engineers at QUT work on real-world safety issues


UT, or the Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane offers almost 20 undergraduate courses in engineering, with the added opportunity to learn from researchers working directly on critical real-world issues such as building safety. Pre-fabricated steel is the most commonly used construction system for new homes in Australia. Because it is so light and strong, light gauge steel is a perfect material for low-rise buildings. But as more construction companies and engineers become interested in using lightweight steel wall systems for larger, mid-rise buildings such as apartment blocks, some important safety issues need to be resolved so they can make the right decisions. A new project at QUT’s Wind and Fire Lab, led by Professor Mahen Mahendran, received a $250,000 grant from the Australian Research Council to investigate the fire resistance of commonly used pre-fabricated wall systems. Mahen’s team will work with the National Association of Steel-Framed Housing to create a Fire Design Handbook. “Often builders, engineers and designers don’t have that information, so they don’t use lightweight steel, or they take a risk – and that’s not good,” says Mahen. “As you go taller in terms of storeys, evacuation and fire safety become even more important. So the

question is, how do the engineers design buildings that don’t collapse if there is a fire?” he notes. The research team will complete full-scale fire tests on 20 complex wall systems by assembling gypsum plasterboard in varying configurations, and subjected to a compression load simulating the load transferred from the floor above. One by one, the frames will be enclosed and set on fire. “And then we watch and measure,” Mahen says. Temperature mapping will capture the temperature at different stages of the fire and different locations within the chamber. When the wall finally collapses, the test is over. “That’s the fire-resistance level for load bearing,” says Mahen. Once the physical tests are done, his team will simulate results for hundreds of variations. A fullscale fire test takes at least two weeks and is expensive, so computer modelling fills in the gaps. Mahen has been interested in safety engineering throughout his career. “Lightweight building construction is the future,” he says. “For sustainable development, heavy steel and concrete are too resource intensive. By doing this research we are promoting cost-effectiveness and sustainable construction, while making sure these buildings can survive extreme events.” – Chloe Walker




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abi Newman is in her final year of a Bachelor of Materials Engineering and Biomedical Science at Monash University. If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, Gabi also helps build robotic hands by volunteering for Enabling the Future, an international charity that produces dr chao chen affordable, 3D-printed, prosthetic hands. – 3D-printing “We’re producing these hands for $30, in comparison guru to up to $20,000 for hospital-grade prosthetics,” says Gabi, who adds that because 3D-printed prosthetics are so much cheaper to produce, they’re great for growing kids who regularly need to be fitted with new ones. And that’s not the only benefit when it comes to building for kids. “We can modify the files to the child and take their input on what design they would like,” says Gabi. It’s all about confidence building. They can go into school and say ‘I’ve got a cool Frozen hand or Iron Man hand!’” Dr Chao Chen, a senior lecturer from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University, explains that 3D-printing technology saves time and money by skipping the prototype creation stage. It’s just one example of how biomedical engineering uses technology to solve difficult medical problems. “We are breaking the barrier between these two areas,” he says. Bioengineers are increasingly in demand, says Chao – particularly as our population ages. “This kind of interdisciplinary research is growing very rapidly around the world,” he says. Biomedical engineers can choose from a range of areas to work on, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, bioinformatics and even neuroscience. Gabi hopes to keep working with prosthetics once she graduates to create more exciting technologies to help others. – Cherese Sonkkila

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Who: Josh Richards, astronaut candidate Engineer-turned-astronaut-candidate Josh Richards studied applied physics and psychology at Curtin University and worked as an Army engineer, mining explosives engineer, and British Commando before putting his problem-solving skills to good use by reaching the final 100 candidates in line for a 2031 Mars launch. “Engineering is about breaking a problem down into its components to find a solution,” he says.

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Liam Wilkie went from third-year mechanical engineerin g studies at RMIT University to act ing head of operations at Once Ali ke. He has recently finished publi c testing of their protot ype fully automated robot barista in Melbo urne. Liam’s role combines experience in the coffee industry with his engineering knowledge of process optimisation and quali ty control. “If you want a great custo mer experience, you need to hit tight be nchmarks for consistency and quali ty,” he explains.

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business founder Who: Dr Jillian Kenny, law but then Jillian wanted to study Engineering at did a Bachelor of Civil e it is to be QUT. Realising how rar , she founded a woman in engineering workshops Power of Engineering, al speakers, consisting of inspiration d a site tour or hands-on activities an founder Felicity industry visit, with cod Machinam, Furey. She also starte to real-world which connect maths e high school contexts to fur ther engag most rewarding students in STEM. The ing the students part? Jillian is now see Power of who first started with from uni and Engineering, graduate gineers. become professional en

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ENGineering + MEDICAL MARVELS Biomedical, medtech, chemical‌

ANU >> Engineering (Biomedical Systems)

ENGineering + FUTURE infrastructure

Construction, smart buildings, robotics...

Flinders University >> Engineering (Biomedical)

ANU/University of Canberra >> E ngineering (Mechatronic Systems) >> E ngineering (Sustainable Systems)

La Trobe University >> Engineering (Industrial)

CQ University >> B uilding Design

Monash University >> Engineering and Pharmaceutical Science

Deakin University >> E ngineering (Mechatronics)

QUT >> Engineering (Medical)

Edith Cowan University >> E ngineering (Civil and Environmental)

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La Trobe University >> E ngineering (Industrial)

RMIT University >> Biomedical Engineering

Macquarie University >> E ngineering (Mechatronics)

University of Adelaide >> Engineering (Chemical) >> Engineering (Mechanical)

Monash University >> E ngineering and Architectural Design

University of Melbourne >> Biomedicine (Bioengineering Systems) /Master of Engineering (Biomedical) or (Biomedical with Business) UNSW Sydney >> Bioinformatics Engineering University of Queensland >> Engineering (Electrical and Biomedical) University of Sydney >> Engineering (Biomedical) >> Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular) >> Engineering/Science (Medical Science)

Murdoch University >> E ngineering (Instrumentation and Control) QUT >> Engineering (Electrical) >> Engineering (Mechanical) RMIT University >> E ngineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) University of Adelaide >> E ngineering (Architectural & Structural) >> E ngineering (Civil) University of Melbourne >> D esign (Civil Systems)/Master of Engineering(Civil with Business)

University of Tasmania >> Biotechnology

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University of Technology Sydney >> Engineering/Medical Science

University of Tasmania >> E ngineering (Civil)

University of Western Australia >> Science (Engineering Science)

UNSW Sydney >> E ngineering (Civil) with Architecture University of Technology Sydney >> Engineering/Creative Intelligence and Innovation



University of Western Australia >> S cience (Engineering Science) Victoria University >> E ngineering (Architectural Engineering) Western Sydney University >> E ngineering (Robotics and Mechatronics)

ENGineering + financial innovation

Blockchain, wearables, smart markets, startups... ANU >> E ngineering (Software)/Commerce Curtin University >> E ngineering (Electronics and Communication)/Computer Science Flinders University >> E ngineering (Computer Network and Systems) James Cook University >> E ngineering (Electronic Systems and Internet of Things) Macquarie University >> E ngineering (Telecommunications Engineering) Monash University >> E ngineering/Commerce >> E ngineering (Software) QUT >> E ngineering/Commerce (Telecommunications/Software and Finance) RMIT University >> E ngineering (Computer and Network)/Computer Science University of Adelaide >> E ngineering (Electrical and Electronic)/Finance University of Canberra >> E ngineering (Network and Software) University of Melbourne >> D esign (Computing)/Master of Engineering (Software or Software with Business)

of % 4 4 students >> S cience (Computing and Software Systems)/Master of Engineering (Software) University of Newcastle >> E ngineering (Software) University of Queensland >> E ngineering/Business Management University of Sydney >> E ngineering (Software)/Commerce University of Tasmania >> E ngineering (Electronics and Communications) University of Technology Sydney >> E ngineering (Data) >> E ngineering (Electronic)

ENGineering + humanities

Humanities, law, environment... ANU >> E ngineering (Renewable Energy Systems) >> S oftware Engineering/Arts CQUniversity Australia >> E ngineering Technology Macquarie University >> E ngineering/Arts Monash University >> E ngineering/Arts Murdoch University >> E ngineering (Environmental) RMIT University >> E nvironmental Science/Engineering (Environmental) University of Adelaide >> E ngineering (Civil)/Arts >> E ngineering (Environmental)

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of degree names at the time of publication. This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are plenty of other degrees available. Search degrees in science, tech, engineering and maths at Careers with Engineering 2018 is a publication of Refraction Media. Copyright Š 2018 Refraction Media, all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner or form without written permission. If you would like to reproduce anything from this magazine, email: This issue went to press on 18 July 2018. Printed in Australia by BlueStar Web.

University of Melbourne >> Science (Environmental Engineering Systems)/Master of Engineering (Environmental) >> S cience (Spatial Systems) or Design (Spatial Systems)/Master of Engineering (Spatial) UNSW Sydney >> E ngineering/Arts >> E ngineering (Humanitarian) >> E ngineering/Law University of Queensland >> E ngineering/Arts University of Southern Queensland >> E ngineering (Environmental) University of Sydney >> E ngineering (Humanitarian) >> Engineering/Law >> Engineering/Project Management University of Technology Sydney >> E ngineering/Arts (International Studies) University of Wollongong >> E ngineering (Environmental)

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Mechanical engineering, energy, cybersecurity, space... Deakin University >> E ngineering (Mechanical)

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QUT >> Engineering (Telecommunications) RMIT University >> Engineering (Aerospace) Southern Cross University >> Engineering (Mechanical) University of Adelaide >> Engineering (Mechanical) >> Engineering (Software) University of Melbourne >> Design (Mechanical Systems)/Master of Engineering (Mechanical) >> Science (Mechatronics Systems)/ Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) University of Newcastle >> Engineering (Mechanical)/ Engineering (Mechatronics) >> Technology (Renewable Energy Systems) UNSW Sydney >> Engineering (Aerospace)

Flinders University >> E ngineering (Maritime)

University of Queensland >> Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace)

James Cook University >> E ngineering (Mechanical)

University of the Sunshine Coast >> Engineering (Mechanical)

Monash University >> E ngineering (Aerospace)

University of Sydney >> Engineering (Aeronautical)

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#1 You’re off to wor at your dream job tok What are you wearingday. ? A: High-vis. I like to sta

nd out B: Whatever my Amaz on Echo* gadget has chosen for me this morning C: A smart suit. Dress for the job you want *wink* D: A white lab coat E: My smart watch

F: Camouflage


A: Hands-on, a doer

Whatever people can dream up – whether it’s the tallest skyscraper in the world or a robot that does your homework for you – you’re the one who’ll bring it to life. p18

Mostly Bs ENGINEERING+HUMANITIES You’ll be in charge of making tech usable for everyone. You might be programming an app to be more streamlined, or teaching Siri her ABCs. p23


Mostly Ds

A: My gaming system t B: My vir tual assistan

#4 Which words best describe you?


The way we trade and deal with money has great potential for innovation. And there are big bucks to be made doing it. p14

tech #2 What’s one piece of? you can’t live without ble C: A tap-and-pay weara e a diabetic D: Medical devices lik r pump, or health-tracke take for E: The kind of tech we that farm granted; the machines h that our food, or the eco-tec energy generates sustainable F: The internet!

Mostly As

#3 What’s your biggest future goal? A: Having a hand in cool design projects, like a new famous landmark B: Developing AI that can actually understand us C: Making a million dollars D: Helping people with life-saving tech

ENGINEERING+MEDICAL MARVELS Can you invent an armband that repels deadly viruses? Or a chest patch for detecting early lung cancer? p26

Mostly Es ENGINEERING+SMART MANUFACTURING How can an aeroplane’s wings become lighter, or more aerodynamic? That’s for you to find out. p24

E: Creating smarter versions of current inventions F: Becoming a hero

Mostly Fs

B: A real people person


C: Ambitious

You’ll play a vital role in our country’s security, at home and away. You could be engineering new software to mine for malicious viruses, or creating opportunities in space exploration. p28

D: A problem solver E: Innovative, creative thinker F: Fearless




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