Fascinated by the human ability to develop infrastructure and build cities around the world, Nick Yong enrolled in RMIT’s Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure)(Hons.).
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)
I get great satisfaction from taking on a design challenge and being able to devise a successful solution. In the future, I hope to work on projects around the world and one day, look back on iconic structures, proud to have been part of the project.
I’ve always been fascinated by high-rise buildings, bridges and cities, and how the evolution of the human race has provided us with the technical knowledge to develop our continuously improving built environment.
I was drawn to RMIT because it is a highly regarded institution for engineering and it offers a pathway from TAFE to university.
I articulated into the degree program from the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design – where I was awarded the Jacobs Prize for top student in the program.
The course gives us the technical knowledge needed to be confident when designing structures in the industry, while group assignments, which are often a simulation of a typical project we might receive in the workforce, help us to develop our interpersonal skills and working as a team to achieve a common goal.
I’ve particularly enjoyed learning about construction management as it differs to all the technical subjects, and gives us insight into how a typical engineering project might be completed. It provides a more practical application of our skills and problem solving ability.
The course covers a broad range of disciplines to choose from – structural, water, transport, geotechnical, as well as construction based or management based streams. This enables us as students to really specialize in a particular area we are interested in, as well as giving us exposure to what our degree can provide for us.
Being involved in the SSCC has allowed me to be a voice for my peers and take an active interest in the way the program is run. It has allowed me to improve on my interpersonal skills as well as enabling my peers and I to have our opinions heard regarding our learning experience.
My motivation to succeed and excel comes from the satisfaction I get from providing a successful solution to a design challenge. My degree will provide me with the qualification necessary to enter into an industry which will provide me with continuous challenges, to which I will be able to continuously learn and develop my skills as an engineer.
In the future, I hope to work on projects around the world and one day, look back on those iconic projects, proud to have been part of them. I define my success in my future career by being able to look back and reflect on how I have made a contribution to the development of our built environment.