On Tuesday 23rd October, Illawarra Christian School was privileged to have five engineers meet with interested students from Years 9-11 to share their experiences and passions from their particular fields of engineering.
Students from the Stage 5 iSTEM and the Stage 6 Engineering Studies classes were joined by other interested students from Years 9-11, as well as students from Calderwood Christian School. The engineers represented the fields of Mechanical, Civil, Materials, Mechatronic and Mining engineering, and were from local government, university and industry organisations.
The students were challenged by the many and varied opportunities that each of the engineers have had in their respective fields.
Experiences ranged from managing major infrastructure assets for a local council, developing a steering system for major car manufacturers (and being able to test them at high speeds), working in the ground-breaking field of biomechanics in 3D—printing muscle tissue, managing major projects for Bluescope Steel and working in mega mines all over the world. Several engineers spoke of their experiences of completing their degrees in a cadetship program, and students were also challenged to consider how they could use their future skills to serve underprivileged communities, through the new Humanitarian Engineering elective now offered at the University of Wollongong. They were also challenged to consider how they could apply a Christian world view to many of the ethical implications that advances in technology will bring to our future world.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Samantha Clarke (Mechanical), Kate Wighton (Civil), Ben Muscat (Materials), Evan Brown (Mechatronic) and David Walker (Mining), and their respective employers (Bluescope Steel, Shellharbour City Council, ASMS and University of Wollongong Mechatronic Engineering and Mining Engineering departments). We are very appreciative of the time and effort that each presenter took to prepare and present to the students.