A double degree in chemistry and chemical engineering saw David Amy gain real world experience in his dream job with a work placement in a chocolate factory.
Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry)/Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours)
My degree made me work-ready for industry, by giving me the opportunity to work with machinery and processing facilities.
Having been successful with chemistry at high school, I saw chemical engineering as a way to bring that passion to the next level. A chemical plant is just a super-sized chemistry set!
RMIT's degree structure meant that I could learn fundamental skills early on, and then build on this knowledge through a range of industry-relevant projects.
A highlight of my studies was a three-day tour of ALCOA's facilities in Fremantle, Western Australia. This involved tours and discussions of some of the largest alumina mines and refineries in the country. This was especially memorable, as it gave me the opportunity to connect my studies with the real world. A distillation column is one thing on paper, but a whole other thing when it's towering over you.
My degree made me ready for industry by giving me the opportunity to work with machinery and processing facilities. I undertook two three-month rounds of vacation work at Nestlé as a junior maintenance engineer. This involved troubleshooting plant equipment, sizing equipment and learning about principles of manufacturing excellence. I also completed a week-in-industry work session in third year at Orica.
I am now working as a Graduate Manufacturing engineer with CSL Behring. CSL Behring is the world's largest fractionator of blood plasma; a product which is manufactured into life-saving medicines onsite every single day. In this role, I have the tremendous opportunity to contribute to this process through novel initiatives while accruing experience in industry.
Part of my role is involves coordinating a range of projects within the facility focused on continuous improvement and GMP methodologies. This is combined with day-to-day operational experience within a business and manufacturing context. I enjoy the challenges and variety that this role offers and look forward to developing further with this company.
Having previously worked at a chocolate factory, I think my dream job would be to work in a brewery or distillery. This degree has left me as a well-rounded graduate, having accrued knowledge and secured a role in industry. I will build my skills and experience in industry, and plan to further my studies in future years.