Published on 17 May 2012
The first graduates of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Civil Engineering degree are using their new knowledge and skills to work on buildings and infrastructure locally and across Queensland.
Most started full-time employment before they officially graduated on 4 April from a four-year degree that emphasises ecologically sustainable development.
Engineering consultants GHD hired three of the graduates and three others are employed at Shadforths Civil Contractors, Brown Consulting and the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ commercial construction arm RoadTek.
USC Discipline Leader in Engineering Professor Mark Porter said the Civil Engineering program taught students how to design, construct, operate, maintain and recycle the physical and natural environments. Work experience in the industry was mandatory.
“The graduation of this first cohort is a significant milestone for both the University and the Sunshine Coast,” Professor Porter said.
“As the growth of the Coast creates the need for more roads, buildings, infrastructure and new housing developments, USC will increasingly need to provide the right engineering expertise to meet the needs of local industry.”
Anthony Wright of Eumundi is already working on some of the latest and biggest projects on the Coast, five months into his job at Brown Consulting, Buddina.
“I finished my exams on the Friday and started work on the Monday,” Mr Wright said.
“I really like the variety of work, both indoors and outdoors on site. I’ve been working on the Brightwater estate, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital at Kawana and Bells Reach, Caloundra.”
Almost 170 students are enrolled in Civil Engineering at USC, following the graduation of the first seven students at the 4 April Ceremony.
— Julie Schomberg