Published on 21 March 2013
A former scaffolder who enrolled in a Civil Engineering degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast is already constructing his dream career, with a part-time job at a leading Coast firm and nomination for a student delegation to China.
Third-year USC Civil Engineering student Beau Norman, 21, of Caloundra, will travel to China from 4-14 June with the International Scholar Laureate Program.
A member of the Golden Key Honour Society at USC, Beau was nominated for the international delegation of engineering students to examine buildings such as Beijing’s 2008 Olympics stadiums and the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station spanning the Yangtze River.
Delegations of high-achieving students from 30 countries across fields ranging from business to medicine will tour China, Australia or the United States during the American summer to inform and enrich career objectives.
Beau currently works at Shadforths Civil Contractors at Forest Glen, in an undergraduate engineer position he gained 10 months ago while studying full-time at USC.
He said he was thoroughly enjoying the job and aspired to work in project management.
“USC has given me great opportunities to get me this far in my chosen career,” said Beau, who became a mentor for students of USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway program after he successfully completed the program to enrol in his own degree.
Beau also was joint winner of the 2012 spaghetti bridge competition, where USC Mechanics of Materials students battled to build the strongest bridge out of only pasta and glue.
“I like everything about the University. The lecturers are so easy to talk to and provide lots of advice,” he said.
— Julie Schomberg