Sami Raad’s early interest in cars evolved into a fascination with mechanical engineering. Studying an advanced diploma, he’s now gaining experience with some of the biggest names in the industry.
Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
I come from a family with a large engineering background. Pursuing a career in automotive engineering was pretty much a given.
I chose RMIT because of its reputation as the best in the business when it comes to technology courses. I'd also heard good reviews of RMIT's teaching staff and facilities. It didn't hurt that my dad studied here many year ago.
On the first day of the program we were warned that this was a challenge program that wouldn't be suited to everyone. I didn't believe him at first, but as time's gone by, I can see what he meant. To succeed you really need to love engineering and stick with it, but the rewards are there if you're willing to put in the hard yards.
Aside from the obvious, like learning how to calculate internal stresses in a rotating shaft, I have learnt how to better manage my time and organise my work load. One year ago I would have never thought I would be able to complete the amount of work and study I do now. There's nothing like getting a high distinction in a calculus subject after flunking every maths subject in school to show you how far you've come.
One of the things I love most about the program is that it's opened me up to a lot of other opportunities. As well as being a member of the Student Staff Consultative Committee, I've become a member of Engineers Australia and gotten work experience at the Ford Motor Company where I acted as a technician and got to see the development process of new automotive technology first-hand.“