UNSW Canberra students help build Light Rail


UNSW Canberra engineering students working on Canberra’s Light Rail project are reaping the benefits of on-the-job experience with world-class construction companies. 

Three non-Defence undergraduate students have been hired as casuals by the Canberra Metro Consortium while second and third year Defence and non-Defence engineering students are also being offered the chance to apply for summer work experience placements.

Civil engineering student Troy Miles says the idea of working for tier one construction companies, like John Holland and CPB Contractors, while studying, was very appealing. 

“I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience in the Engineering field. Not to mention, an excellent way to learn from people who play an active role in the industry,” he said.

“This project is experience that sitting in a class room cannot replace, and once my time on this project ends, I can say I was one of only two permit controllers on the Canberra Metro Project.”

UNSW Canberra engineering students are required to undertake at least 60 days of industrial training in a workplace as part of their degree requirements, and complete an honours program.

UNSW Canberra engineering degrees are accredited by Engineers Australia, which means that students are qualified to begin working as engineers in Australia, the US, the UK, Canada, Japan, and Southeast Asia as soon as they graduate.

Civil engineering student Josh Daniel says working on one of the biggest infrastructure additions to the Canberra landscape, will open up career opportunities.

“I have aspirations to work on large infrastructure projects in Canberra and Australia, hopefully expanding my knowledge working on various types of projects,” he said.

Aeronautical engineering student Braydon Clarke says watching the Light Rail project come together is inspiring.

“I have learnt quite a lot about construction, and how the engineers deal with the day-to-day tasks of such a big project. I've also learnt that communication is a big requirement for success in Engineering,” he said.

Canberra Metro is now giving 20 other UNSW Canberra students the opportunity to work with them over summer. The work experience placement is a result of a MoU signed between UNSW Canberra and the ACT Government to boost local study and employment opportunities.

Applications close at the end of this month.

In 2016, UNSW Canberra opened up admissions to non-Defence students wanting to study aeronautical, electrical, mechanical or civil engineering, and continues to deliver education programs to Defence cadets and midshipmen studying and training at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Applications for Semester 1, 2018 are currently open through UAC.