Why did you choose to study mechanical engineering?
Mathematics and Science are the two subjects that kept me excited during my studies at school. I liked playing with numbers, proving concepts and understanding the science behind every-day concepts we experience. The older I got the better I could conceptualize science theories and understand how I can use numbers to prove and predict. Knowing and experiencing the sharp peek in tech, I wanted to combine my skills with what tomorrow's industry would seek demand.
What was the best thing about your course?
Best thing about my course is the fact that most assessments besides exams rely heavily on teamwork. Even though this can be a struggle at times it teaches you a very valuable skill that you will need forever in your career.
What was the worst thing about your course?
Some semesters I found, we were too overloaded with work. Some of my subjects required 2 exams, more than 6 assignments. This was a struggle, to juggle four subjects worth of 6.
Have you found work in an engineering role?
Yes. I am currently in the graduate engineering program at a global ICT company. Within the program I have rotated into 3 different teams. Within the first team I was a network engineer, where I would design where a tower would be placed to achieve the best possible coverage to the most households using an external tool. In my second rotation I was an integration engineer where I would perform an upgrade on a live system, using the command line. Within my last rotation I have combined my engineering skills with soft skills and am acting as a consultant.
What advice would you give to students considering studying mechanical engineering?
I would recommend looking into the subject guide and choosing wisely. Possible talking to more graduates on the work they do now, to understand if that is where they want to be by the end of their degree. I would strongly advise to take each assessment seriously, despite the fact that assignments are worth much lower than exams in engineering.
Have you completed further study/will you do so in the future?
No I have not. I would like to do a masters in engineering management.