For these two bright young people, engineering was a home they were happy to find. It holds an endless amount of opportunities for both of them they say.
When Matt Hagen met AutoCAD, it was like a meeting of two minds. He knew straight away that this was going to be a permanent friendship and that they would go great places together.
As his high school years were coming to a close in Townsville, Matt had a talent for graphic design and technical drawing especially. He then started his Certificate 111 in AutoCAD at TAFE, and loved it.
A job as a junior designer came up at Hatch, a multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy where he was based on site at The Palmer Nickel and Cobalt Refinery.
Taken under their wing by a team of senior engineers and designers, Matt was able to further his professional development across a range of engineering disciplines.
Two years ago Matt saw a job advertised at McCullochs Hydraulic Engineers in Bendigo, secured the position, packed everything up and relocated.
“As McCulloch’s designer, I work with a range of technical experts on projects for hay, rail, grain, gold and some defence industry projects.
“I’ve also been involved in project management, responsible for the design, quotation, materials selection and preparation of fabrication and detail engineering drawings. This experience has really given me a 360 degree look at how it all comes together,” Matt said.
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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) Honours student Emily Goode has big plans to apply her degree when she finishes in 18-months.
The third-year La Trobe student is one of two women in her year level but says the opportunities and demand for female engineers are growing.
Emily credits attending an Experience La Trobe day while in Year 12 at Bendigo Senior Secondary College for discovering her passion for the profession. She came along expecting to pursue maths and science, until she learnt she was already an engineer at heart.
“I really like the hands-on aspect of the course and all of a sudden I could see who had made things like buildings and bridges and I realised I could do that,” she said.
“If you enjoy thinking of new things and creating new things, you’re already practising engineering. It’s a skill, not an occupation, and if you have the maths and physics ability to apply this skill, you’re made for it.” Emily now talks to a lot of school groups about the profession. “A lot don’t realise they’re already using the skills and going through the processes of being an engineer, particularly young girls,” she said.
“We think of future engineers as starting out by developing an interest of building things in the shed, but it is a skill shown in asking the question, ‘Why do we do it this way’ and finding a better way,” she said.