Published on 24 April 2012
University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Tony Ravell is putting his engineering knowledge to work after landing a job in the fast-growing port city of Gladstone.
Tony Ravell, 37, secured a graduate civil engineering position with GHD last year while in his final year of a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree at USC.
“Since commencing with GHD in Gladstone, I have had the opportunity to structurally design and provide structural assessments of various forms of infrastructure for local and state government bodies,” Mr Ravell said.
“I have also conducted site engineering duties on some of the world’s largest civil projects, assisted in the recovery of Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland, and a host of other cool projects.
“I am currently in the coolest career I could have ever asked for and am learning new things at an astonishing rate.”
Mr Ravell graduated from USC on Wednesday 4 April, along with 1,100 graduates at two special ceremonies on campus.
The former Sunshine Coast phone company employee said he chose to return to study when he discovered that USC was introducing a Civil Engineering degree.
“Although I was sure I could manage people and projects, returning to study as an old fella was rather daunting, as I was unsure if I could learn many of the complex areas of engineering,” he said.
“USC suited me due to its small class sizes and personal service offered by the teaching staff.
“I was the one who was asking all the questions, possibly to the annoyance of a lot of the younger students, but this was my last shot at a genuine career that I was going to be proud of, and one which would ensure that I would satisfy my need to learn and manage.”
Mr Ravell said he was looking forward to managing large multi-disciplinarian engineering projects and travelling abroad for work in the future.
— Michelle Widdicombe