Taking a pathway from TAFE to university, David Bianchi has used the skills obtained in his mechanical engineering degree to land him a job as a Procurement Manager for Navantia Australia Pty Ltd.
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)
Procurement Manager, Navantia Australia Pty Ltd
I have a passion for engineering and a passion for designing things that last, add value to the desired needs and simplify things.
I have always liked the mechanics of things ? how they work, how they are built, the materials they are built with, solving problems and making improvements. It wasn’t until I was in Year 10 that I really embraced engineering as a career path.
After high school, I started a TAFE course at RMIT. I really recommend starting in vocational education before articulating to a degree program. I found that understanding the practical side of engineering and the limitations on how one would design something differs from one who just knows the technical side of engineering.
RMIT also offered a more enhanced spectrum of learning facilities and equipment. This included wind tunnels, machine shops, fabrication and testing facilities. This really helped to evolve my concept in engineering and how I analyse things today. I not only know the theory behind the subject, but I also have practical knowledge.
Currently I work at Navantia Australia Pty Ltd, a Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company. Working as the Procurement Manager for Australia – Technical, I use my knowledge of materials to procure all goods essential to the business, programs and projects for them to function effectively and efficiently. This includes procurement of services, technology, people, materials and so on. I need to be able to solve problems effectively and efficiently, think of alternatives and communicate well with different parties who may come from diverse religions and countries.