Published on 1 September 2014
USC science graduate Benjamin McConnell of Caboolture has landed a job that is helping to keep the wheels of Australia’s industry and agriculture turning.
The 2013 Bachelor of Biotechnology graduate quickly gained employment as a process chemist with Australasian Lubricants Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of lubricating oils and grease.
Benjamin, 24, said it was rewarding to be able to apply the knowledge and practical skills from his studies at USC directly to his work at ALMC in the Brisbane suburb of Lytton.
“ALMC manufactures many products, from engine oils to hydraulic oils and even agricultural spray oils,” he said. “My role involves quality testing and blend formulation to ensure products meet customer specifications.
“My studies at USC definitely prepared me well for the job. The extensive lab sessions, the course content and the ability of the lecturers to share their professional industry experience were awesome.”
The former Morayfield State High School student said he decided to study at USC because it was close to home and offered courses and opportunities that were tailored to his interests.
Benjamin said a chance to complete a student work placement at Queensland Health Forensic and Services was a highlight of his studies at USC.
“That allowed me to network and gain an appreciation for the lab techniques that I learned at USC first hand,” he said.
“My opportunities during study and after graduating have been exceptional and I wouldn’t change a thing. Being able to escape to the beach five minutes away was fantastic when study got full on.”
— Jane Cameron