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CEED Student testimonial – Colin Sheldon (Mechanical Engineering graduate, UQ, 2011)


“In 2011, the final year of my mechanical engineering degree at UQ, I applied for a CEED industry project with Austin Engineering. My motivation for joining the program included gaining real-life experience, developing industry networks and contacts, and making a positive contribution to a real business. I was particularly interested in the opportunity to work with Austin Engineering as the project looked well-structured and relevant to both my preferred courses at university and my hopeful future career path into the mining industry.

The project itself gave me an insight into working life as an engineer and the daily operations of a business
. I learnt a great deal about industry before I had even graduated, and in an environment tailored to a newcomer or first time industry entrant. My mentors from CEED, the university and from the partner company Austin Engineering provided me with strong guidance and a wealth of technical engineering and project management knowledge I could tap into. CEED supported me through each step of the project, with clearly defined objectives, timelines and resources. Ultimately I was able to meet the project objective for the company resulting in validation of their ISO9001 quality management system to their new core business strategy, and my academic results for the project aided me in Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement in that semester.

Since graduating in 2011
, I have worked for Anglo American at open-cut and underground coal mining operations across Central Queensland. The project management knowledge and skills that I developed in my 6 month CEED experience I have been able to employ for several projects during my career. The solid platform laid by the learnings from my CEED project have held me in good stead and those fundamental lessons I rely on in my day-to-day work. My CEED project also helped me achieve Engineers Australia Chartered Engineer Status, IMechE Chartered Engineer Status and RPEQ registration; in each case the fact I had completed an industry based project was looked favourably upon by the interviewing panel.

For any students considering an industry based project, I would highly recommended applying with CEED
. That industry exposure is something that is unrivalled when it comes to graduate employment opportunities, and is a chance to give your classroom studies some context in a professional environment. If contributing something meaningful to a company whilst gaining academic credit appeals to you, then look no further – CEED will give you that opportunity.”


Regards

Colin Sheldon B.Eng (Mech) (Hons), CPEng, RPEQ

Mechanical Engineer, Anglo American

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