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Alternative Career Pathways in Science & Engineering

August 8, 2019 by Curtin CEL Team

Alternative Career Pathways in Science & Engineering

A structured graduate program is not the only option into graduate employment. Hear from science and engineering Curtin alumni and industry professionals who have successfully built their career without pursuing a graduate program. Our panellists include:

Dr Stacey Hamilton
Senior Technical Advisor, Membrane Treatment, Water Corporation

Stacey works in the Water Corporation’s Water Quality Business Unit providing technical and operational support on advanced water treatment processes state-wide. She has been the technical representative and Department of Health Liaison for Australia’s first full-scale groundwater replenishment scheme for the past eight years. Stacey has been involved in the design, construction, commissioning, approval and operation of Stage 1 of the Scheme and is currently assisting Stage 2. Stacey will share her insights on her career progression within the water industry and how collaboration and networking are essential to be on the forefront of technical innovations.

Ricki Willis
Recruitment and Advocacy Manager WA, Teach for Australia

Ricki is the WA Recruitment and Advocacy Manager for Teach For Australia. He grew up in country NSW and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. He’s worked as a maintenance engineer in an Aluminium smelter, an English teacher in a German high school, an engineering consultant designing power stations, and now with a non-profit supporting equity in Australian education. Ricki is a strong believer in the transferability of skills across different industries, and the importance of working towards what’s important to you.

Malcolm Smith
National Operations Manager, Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift

Malcom has been with Tutt Bryant for 15 years and manages the National Dry Hire Crane Rental Fleet consisting of 78 cranes across Australia. He is also engineering manager for Tutt Bryant Heavy Lift & Shift overseeing a team of 5 Structural/Mechanical Engineers. Malcom has worked in all industry sectors from Engineering Design to Estimating; Fabrication to Construction and Project Management. Malcom previously worked in the mobile crane hire industry with the Melbourne based Independent Cranes. Prior to that he was Project Manager/Engineer for the construction of the Domain Sporting Stadium in Melbourne. He began his career as draftsperson then estimator, working his way to state manager for Keppel Prince Engineering. He has an Associated Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He was a director on the Crane Industry Council of Australia for 8 years and was the President of the Victorian Crane Association for 9 years. He is still actively involved as member of the National Technical Advisory Committee for CICA.

Dr Ben Robbins
Head of Engineering Product, Vix Technology

For over two decades Ben has excelled in executive management, leadership, consulting and technical roles across a variety of industries. Commencing his career in Perth as a software developer for a small company, Ben has a continuing passion for creating and improving high performance software development teams in both product and project environments. Ben has conceived and delivered business-aligned IT strategy and managed large budgets and teams. He has led distributed teams in multiple technical disciplines and has a proven track record of successfully delivering complex technical, operational and digital transformation projects in Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America. As Head of Engineering – Product at Vix Technology, Ben enjoys empowering his software teams to help the organisation develop innovative products and deliver practical, reliable and secure automated fare collection systems used by over 10 million people around the world every day.

Phoebe Sampson
Environmental Advisor, Rio Tinto

Phoebe is an Environmental Advisor who works for Rio Tinto on their Robe Valley Iron Ore Operations. After completing her honours degree in Environmental Biology and Coastal Zone Management at Curtin University she was offered an opportunity as an advisor on the Barrow Island Gorgon Project working on the Upstream HDD Shore Crossing. Working at such a high profile site within a Class A nature reserve instilled strong values for environmental management and prepared her for her diverse and challenging career in the resources sector. Following this role she has had opportunities in Mining and Construction and continues to challenge the status quo through innovative ideas and cross department collaboration.

Alternative Career Pathways in Science & Engineering
2:30pm – 4:00pm, Monday 12 August in B103.108 Think Space.
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Remember, if you participate in three or more Festival activities and give us your feedback, you will go in the running to win $1500 towards a professional development opportunity of your choice, sponsored by Rio Tinto.

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