The Engineering Institute of Technology’s Dean of Engineering Dr. Steve Mackay visited Edgewater’s Mater Dei College to speak to year 10 and 11 maths, science and engineering students about the value of engineering education and the numerous advantages of choosing a career in engineering.
Approximately 45 students attended the presentation, covering a number of topics such as studying engineering at university, the advantages of an engineering career, and examples of failures in engineering – demonstrating the high degree of accuracy required of the profession. Dr. Mackay pointed to financial rewards, travel requirements, job satisfaction, and the opportunity to think creatively and innovate as major benefits of a career in engineering, as well as naming communication and interpersonal skills as attributes every engineer should possess.
The presentation comes at a time when Australia’s skill shortage of engineers and technicians in the resources sector is a current cause for concern in the industry. Encouraging high school children to undertake engineering study is an important step in combatting this issue, and one that is welcomed by the industry.
The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is an institute of higher learning that delivers leading edge engineering and technological education online. It is the sister organisation of IDC Technologies, a global provider of technology training to corporate clients, and practicing engineers and technicians.