Each of the School's Bachelor of Engineering programs requires students to undertake a minimum of 60 days Industrial Training.
The objective of industrial training is to prepare you for future employment in your chosen engineering discipline. Industrial training enhances the academic material studied at University by allowing you to practice what you have learned and to develop key professional attributes, providing an opportunity for every student to:
- Experience the discipline of working in a professional engineering organisation
- Develop understanding of the functioning and organisation of a business
- Interact with other professional and non-professional groups
- Apply engineering methods such as design and problem solving
- Develop technical, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
It is also an opportunity for employers to make early assessments of potential future employees - a demonstrated commitment and ability to take responsibility, make sound decisions and apply technical skills could set you apart from other candidates for the job.
Please read the Industrial Training Guidelines before making arrangements, to ensure that your industrial placement complies with the requirements of the degree program.
Jacqueline Smith, 5th year Bachelor of Engineering Materials Science and Engineering/Master in Biomedical Engineering student, talks about her industrial training experience:
This summer I worked for the Incident Reporting and Investigation Scheme of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Canberra. This team investigates when something goes wrong with a medical device. This might be a single adverse event, or a big-picture review of a family of similar medical devices.
One prevalent issue discussed in our team was the idea of usability. In my presentation I spoke about an implantable bone replacement, for children who had had a tumor removed from their bone, and offers an alternative to an amputation. To keep up with the child's growth, the implant has a gear that allows it to extend - the child's leg is placed in a large electromagnetic coil which slowly and painlessly extends the implant to catch up with the child's leg length. At TGA, we received a report of an implant which had been placed in the coil pointing in the wrong direction, so the extension hadn't worked. Even with "head" and "foot" labels, the incident re-occurred! So we began to think about how the design of a medical device affects its usability. Since many medical devices (asthma puffers, glucose monitors, epi-pens to name a few), are used by people who are not professional or trained, they need to be easy and intuitive to use. And you can't just blame the user. So as engineers, our challenge is to incorporate usability into our designs right from the start, and of course this doesn't just apply to medical devices.
My time at TGA was extremely gratifying. I gained valuable insights into the medical devices industry, both from an engineering and a regulatory standpoint. I also had the rewarding experience of working in a public office, with a dedicated and passionate team.
(Jacqueline was awarded first prize in the 2016 Industrial Training Poster Competition)