A passion for the aviation industry brought Chamendra Amarasinghe to Australia to study a double degree in aerospace engineering and management, now his studies are taking him around the globe.
Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
Composite Materials, Aircraft Design and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
I've always wanted to be able to point to an aircraft and say “I helped make that”, this program will allow me to do that.
I’ve had a passion for aviation since I was very young. I first realised just how passionate I was, when in year five, every essay I wrote was about flight.
Being an international student who had to relocate to study, the location and language were important factors in my decision to come to Australia.
I chose RMIT because the university has a good reputation for its aerospace program and a practical approach to learning. The opportunity for work integrated learning also meant that I could gain real world experience before I went out into the industry.
In my second year, I spent a semester on exchange at the Nanjing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics in China. While moving to a country where English wasn’t the native language was initially challenging, it taught me to adapt to different situations. It also taught me that despite cultural differences, it’s still possible to achieve the same outcomes when it comes to work.
I’ve also completed a work placement at Airbus Operations GmbH in Germany. I was able to witness multiple countries collaborating to bring large scale projects to life. Fully understanding the challenges this brings is something that could only have been learnt by a first-hand experience.
With a degree in both management and engineering, I’d love to run an entire engineering division of an aerospace company, making sure operations run smoothly, not just in a mechanical sense but also from an operational one.