Creative mix is appealing
Dr YAT Choy Wong, 42, a senior lecturer in mechanical engineering at Swinburne University, feels students considering an engineering career should definitely think outside the square.
Swinburne University offers undergraduate engineering courses in the following disciplines: Aviation, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Computer Systems, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Photonics, Product Design Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, Science, and Telecommunication and Network Engineering.
Dr Wong has been a lecturer at the university since 1996 and he recommends Product Design engineering as a unique course that would appeal to people with a creative bent.
The course comprises a combination of two traditionally separate fields: engineering with its scientific material and manufacturing knowledge and industrial design with its human- centred approach.
The course is 50 per cent mechanical and 50 per cent design,’’ Dr Wong says.
These two disciplines have been brought together to produce a new graduate who will develop competitive products in both quality and design. The subjects studied during the course are equally shared by the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences and the Faculty of Design.
These subjects have a focus on creative design, engineering science, material and manufacturing process selection, project management and innovation.
‘‘ This course offers the best of both worlds,’’ he says.
But despite engineering courses offering innovative subjects and industry offering highly competitive remuneration, it seems that more work needs to be done to encourage people to undertake these qualifications.