VE student with a racing appetite

VE student with a racing appetite

Meet Madi Bickerton, the mechanical engineering student and racing tragic who is gearing up for a career in motorsports.

Madi Bickerton is a Formula One fanatic and go kart enthusiast studying an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering.

With a profound passion for the motorsport industry, Madi has embraced the challenges and opportunities that have presented themselves with being a woman in a male dominated industry.

At this year’s Formula One Australia Grand Prix, Madi was invited to participate in the ‘Girls on Track’ program, an initiative created to increase female participation in motorsport across all roles.

She said the invitation gave her insight into the various roles in the industry and motivated her to pursue her career goals.

“Being invited to the ‘Girls on Track’ event really encouraged me to continue to follow my dreams,” she said.

“It showed me that what I am actively doing to follow my passion of working in Formula One is noticed and appreciated by others.”

Madi’s Advanced Diploma course has so far given her the resources to grasp important engineering concepts that she can take with her well beyond the classroom.

VE student Madi Bickerton
This course has been an amazing pathway that has really groomed me to be able to work in industry straight out of university or continue onto higher education which I plan to do.

“It offers a hands-on approach to learning including different lab-based practicals and projects which I really enjoyed as that is very much my way of learning.”

"I also really enjoy the smaller class sizes, allowing for more individualised help from teachers."

With an in-built appetite for racing and go karting, Madi has no doubts about her career aspirations.

“I’ve been racing now for almost five years and I absolutely love it,” she said.

“Motorsport been a huge part of my life and I hope to peruse a career in engineering as I really find setup changes and car/kart design extremely interesting.”

VE student Madi Bickerton in go kart Madi has been racing go karts for five years.

Madi hopes that she can inspire other women to chase their dreams in field predominately dominated by men.

“I want to show other young women that engineering and motorsport is not just for the boys, and that an ATAR doesn’t stop you from perusing your passions” she said.

“A Vocational Education pathway is an extremely helpful step in the right direction.”

20 May 2022


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