Industrial Placements

Materials Science and Engineering is about developing the very best materials for every human-made application.

We aim to produce graduates who will stand out as the most knowledgeable, highly trained and best suited to contribute to the institutions and industries of Australia and around the world.

Industrial placement gives our students exposure to the reality of commercial enterprise. It is an opportunity for students to:

  • Experience the discipline of working in a professional engineering organisation
  • Develop understanding of the functionality 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

Industrial Placement is a critical part of our students' training and a pre-requisite for graduation.

Become involved and help grow the next generation of Materials Engineers. To find out more, email us today.


Student Story

Emily Vu Doan, Process Metallurgy Cadet with OneSteel

During my first semester of second year, I received a cadetship with OneSteel in Newcastle. Conditions of this cadetship require me to study for only one semester a year, then move up to work in Newcastle for the remaining 8 or so months, essentially extending my degree by two years!

In the last five years, I have been involved with:

  • Quality control and product audits
  • Steelmaking operation and shift work
  • Spring manufacturing chain optimisation
  • Customer and competitor investigations
  • R&D trials
  • Report writing
  • People management

From a technical perspective, I have learned bucketloads, from the use of scientific equipment to analysis of instruments and methods, how to run my own projects and trials, and how to interpret results and findings. I've also developed my presentation skills and management of people and time. It was scary leaving the familiar and quite sad to see all my peers graduate and move on from uni without me, but if I had the chance to do it over, I wouldn't change a thing.

In return, I've gained invaluable industrial experience and contacts, fostered lifelong friendships and had a taste of what awaits in the real world. Also, OneSteel pay a decent salary and all my uni fees, so I'll graduate debt free!

This cadetship is one of the best decisions I've ever made and I would highly recommend that if the opportunity presented itself again, every student should apply.