Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Charles Darwin University
Power and Water Operations Planning Manager Ahmad Mazloum. Image by Jenni Collier and Territory Q
Power and Water Operations Planning Manager Ahmad Mazloum. Image by Jenni Collier and Territory Q

Engineering students gain practical industry experience

A partnership between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Power and Water is providing a solid foundation of support to develop and inspire the next generation of engineers.

While the corporation provides engineering students with opportunities to gain practical industry experience while they study, CDU ensures Power and Water has a steady pipeline of fresh talent by providing engineering graduates.

CDU’s Power and Water Chair of Sustainable Engineering, Professor Charlie Fairfield, said students can apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world projects and challenges from environmental surface drainage water studies to transitioning to renewable energy.

“It’s a strong symbiosis. CDU’s engineering students get to try before they buy and Power and Water gets to see if the students are the right fit for them,” Professor Fairfield said.

“The relationship works extremely well. It’s a chance for Power and Water to have extra hands-on projects while accessing CDU’s research capabilities and CDU can tap into the considerable depth of talent at Power and Water.”

Power and Water Operations Planning Manager Ahmad Mazloum quickly advanced from being a CDU graduate engineer to his current position in charge of 15 power system engineers.

He said that the Power and Water work environment provides CDU students and graduates with ample opportunities for professional development.

“While study must come first for engineering students, it’s also important for them to gain practical experience throughout their degree so they’re well prepared for a career,” Mr Mazloum said.

Each year, Mr Mazloum’s team provides employment opportunities for six undergraduate engineering students as well as two graduate engineers.

Undergraduate students work part-time, while graduates are full-time employees who broaden their experience by rotating through diverse teams.