2017 EIT Outstanding Student Award Runner-up
Course completed: Advanced Diploma in Automation Engineering (DIA22)
Date of completion: September 2017
"I have over 10 years working experience on machinery and automated plants as a Maintenance Technician and have been in the job market a few years ago. I have learnt that experience without qualifications only opens a few doors with lower income.
Given my aspirations for more opportunities and higher income, I completed my Electrician trade in 2016 and shortly after began the Advanced Diploma in Automation Engineering. Education has not only broadened my mindset but will open doors to a better career and income potential.
I look forward to the future and plan to start a Degree program as soon as possible.
The course content was in depth and helped with my everyday work. I enjoyed the variety of content but would have liked more electronics.
"Online lectures by experienced professionals in their field helped bring the content to life by sharing their personal experiences and being able to watch recordings of lectures was definitely a bonus that I frequently used.
Lecturers responded to my queries in good time and were happy to explain in more detail when asked.
Working in an automated facility and having no one with engineering experience to learn from, I found myself becoming more knowledgeable through this course and lectures experience. Better understanding how the automated systems and instrumentation work has enabled me to not only trouble shoot these systems with confidence but recommend and install new system additions.
"On receiving my Diploma I plan to apply for and move from a maintenance technician role to purely electrical and automation roles within a system integrator or a facility where I can gain experience from accomplished engineers. Following this move and gaining valuable experience I wish to move up to a supervisory position.
I hope to follow my career move by completing a wireman’s license and a few short professional certificate courses specific to Siemens, Allen Bradley or Mitsubishi then begin a BSc course in Automation engineering."