With a passion for music and sound production, John Ruggles decided to study electronic product design. He hopes to work in an audio related engineering firm and sell his own products.
Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Product Design) (Honours)
I feel that my program prepares students for the real world by providing a broad range of base level skills that enable a graduate engineer to enter the workforce.
I was studying Sound Production and recording reggae, dub and hip-hop music in a studio in Collingwood. I’d always put off tertiary study, as I hadn’t found anything besides music/audio that interested me enough to commit to.
I needed to find something related to sound and music technology that was also a ‘real’ job. Working in the studio saw me fixing analogue audio equipment - identifying faults and soldering replacement parts etc. I thought it would be cool and topical enough to study electronics.
I decided to study at RMIT as it’s central to Melbourne City CBD and has an international reputation in engineering and design.
The course has been challenging, but interesting. Some aspects have been the hardest tasks I’ve ever completed. I’ve found it important to take studies seriously and to commit.
I’ve enjoyed the Signals and Systems course the most so far. It was interesting to begin viewing sound mathematically, flipping between the frequency and time domains and realising the possibilities mathematics and DSP enabled.
I feel that my program prepares students for the real world by providing a broad range of base level skills that enable a graduate engineer to enter the workforce and begin learning on the job whilst having a well-rounded foundation behind them.
After graduation I want to travel for a period before heading overseas to work for a few years for an audio related engineering firm. During this period I want to begin cloning and building my own audio products to sell online.