I now have more than just the technical engineering point of view, which has increased my value to m...
Why did you choose to undertake postgraduate studies? I completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Mechatronics), Diploma in Engineering Practice at UTS. In the years following my undergraduate degree, I increasingly gained more responsibility in my professional life. I needed to understand project and team management in greater detail, as well as how to prepare financial statements and valuations for engineering projects, and to ensure product quality, etc. I also needed to better understanding how best to communicate to non-engineers. The choice of subjects offered in the UTS Master of Engineering Management course perfectly filled these gaps.
Plus UTS is well-known for its practice-based education, and the Master's course scheduled night-time and block mode subjects in alternate semesters so that I could continue to work full-time and study part-time.
What is your role and what does it involve? SABRE Autonomous Solutions is a start-up robotics company, specialising in commercialising technology that improves the safety and productivity of blast-cleaning large infrastructure. I'm responsible for working in a technical capacity to commercialised R&D into a manufacturable product. However, as with many small companies, my roll spans several categories, including managing a small team of experienced professional engineers as well as interns, project management, budgeting, accounting, sales, marketing and reporting.
How has postgraduate studies helped you with your career? My studies have given me the technical background and vocabulary required to communicate with the numerous different departments I deal with on a day-to-day basis. These include accountancy firms, clients' sales and procurement teams, and even pitching our company to experienced investors and business gurus. So, at the end of the day, I now have more than just the technical engineering point of view, which has increased my value to my employer.
Australia’s local market is also changing, with some industries like the automotive sector declining, while others, particularly advanced manufacturing and biomedical, are growing. Modern engineers have to be quick to adapt, open to constant learning and be ready to solve problems in jobs that didn't exist when they first started their bachelor's degree.
What is the most valuable thing you learnt while at UTS? My course allowed me to sit in class with students from very different academic backgrounds. Unlike my undergraduate degree where I was usually surrounded by engineers, my postgraduate peers were from HR, accounting, law, business studies, etc. The varied input each of them gave regarding a range of issues reinforced the need for diverse project teams in the real engineering environment. As engineers, our tasks will often impact the greater community, so understanding the 'entire' community is important.