As we rapidly move through our first year of hosting on-campus students, we are consistently experiencing lots of ‘firsts’. In their first year of study, our students take part in a site-visit to gain a little insight into the engineering industry they have chosen.

 

CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS

Recently, one of our first-year Bachelor of Science (Civil and Structural Engineering) students, Hamza Baig completed his first industrial site-visit.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Hamza, who was very excited to share his experience. 

 

How did you know which companies to contact?

I went through the ‘top Australian companies’ contact list provided by the unit co-ordinator and highlighted those in Perth.

I then used the template letter on Moodle and sent Pro Build an email, introducing myself and requesting a day on-site. Within a very short time they replied, providing me with the site-manager’s details, who then put me in touch with the site co-ordinator. We confirmed and agreed I would be there at 9am, on Tuesday 11 September 2018. 

 

Were you asked to wear any specific clothing?

I was asked to wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and safety boots. I explained that I did not have safety boots, and fortunately they had a spare pair I could borrow for the day.

 

How did you identify yourself when you arrived on site?

I wore my EIT student card around my neck. Both the site manager and the co-ordinator were interested in who EIT were, as they had not heard of our college.  I explained that we are a well-established online engineering college, but that the campus in Perth only opened at the beginning of the year.

 

How did you spend your time on site?

I had the opportunity to visit two sites — one was a 35 floor apartment building currently being built at Elizabeth Quay, and the second was the Ritz Carlton Hotel site, next door, which has over 300 rooms. 

I was provided with a hard hat, safety glasses, boots and a hi-vis jacket. I spent the day with two different site co-ordinators who were very happy to answer my many, many questions. They were very informative and I was also able to observe their meetings, where I met the site manager, who had ‘BOSS’ written on his hard-hat. He was also asking me questions about EIT.

I was surprised to learn there are so many different jobs for Civil engineers – covering IT, project management and design.  The site office controlled and scheduled the work for the day. There were safety inductions and step-backs to identify safety risks.

 

Did this site-visit present any future opportunities, such as internships?

The ‘boss’ asked me how long I had been studying.  He told me that when I am in my second year, there would be more opportunities for me to apply for an internship with their company, as they take on vacation internships over the college break. I will be in touch with him next year.

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.