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University of Technology Sydney
Graduate Mechanical Engineer
Andy studied Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at University of Technology, Sydney
What's your job about?
As an engineering graduate for Aristocrat, my role involves supporting all existing and new products that have been or will be introduced into the market. In the first two years working here, I have been participating in many projects which includes field issues, product development, design development and test equipment development, which have all allowed me the opportunity to investigate, understand and solve real life problems.
What's your background?
I studied engineering, majoring in Mechanical and Mechatronic sections. Engineering has always been my area of interest, which I started by studying Engineering Studies during my senior high school years.
Could someone with a different background do your job?
Engineering is a very technical and problem solving dependent field. It takes many years of on the job experience to become an excellent engineer. Without logical thinking and a certain degree of theory as a foundation, it is very difficult for people with different backgrounds to become an engineer, but with the right mentality and passion for success, anyone can become who they eventually want to be.
What's the coolest thing about your job?
When working on projects, regardless of big or small, just seeing your design materialising and then utilised in the field provides a huge amount of accomplishment. Every project is different in its own way, making every challenge a unique experience and learning from these improves your critical thinking skills.
What are the limitations of your job?
The lack of knowledge and experience of engineering can be quite displeasing at the start of the career. This mostly comes from the manufacturing side of the industry, as a lot of this is now overseas, making it difficult for new graduates to observe and understand the limitations to manufacture a design.
3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...
- Determine whether engineering is the right path for you as it consumes more time and effort than most courses. Most engineering courses go for 4 to 5 years, which only cover theory. If it is not the right path, change to something else.
- Even though university provides you with all the theory and principles of your course and subjects, they don’t feature ways to utilise and practice what you’ve learnt. During free times, turn these theories into practical exercises, eg explore the 3D world of CAD and learn as much as possible from it before entering the workforce.
- Enjoy doing what you love. Your work life gets easier when you keep in mind that you are working for something that you will enjoy for the rest of your life.