Hands-on work in laboratories and industry experience during her studies at RMIT prepared Kylie Tang for a graduate job as an Electrical Engineer at Thales.
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)
Electrical Engineer, THALES
The benefit of studying electrical engineering at RMIT is the hands-on aspect of the courses.
I was drawn to electrical engineering because it is a career which allows me to work with multi-disciplinary teams devising solutions in a creative way. I also enjoy programming, maths, problem solving and a documentary about robotics proved to me that the electrical engineers had the most fun.
I chose to study at RMIT because of the many strong partnerships with industry which meant there are a number of opportunities for students to develop connections with industry.
The benefit of studying electrical engineering at RMIT is the hands-on aspect of the courses. Every semester, I had courses with mandatory laboratory experiments which included investigating the operation of various machines such as generators and drives, as well as programming equipment such as PLCs and micro-controllers. This has prepared me for work in industry.
At the end of my second year, I undertook work experience with the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment. I worked with the Systems Engineers involved with the $1.3 billion Thales Hawkei project.
At the end of my third year, I completed a second round of work experience at Ausnet Services. I was mentored by the engineers responsible for the management of primary assets at substations and terminal stations. These work placements were invaluable and taught me about the important qualities of an engineer and leader.
A highlight of my studies was being part of the robotics team in my third year. I spent the year working with a team of four other students designing and building an autonomous robotic vehicle as part of the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition. It was difficult and stressful but the achievement I am proudest of. I was flown to Sydney for the finals. It was amazing to meet teams from other universities and watch their robots navigate the obstacle course as well.
I am excited about starting my career as an Electrical Engineer at Thales. It is extraordinary to know that my future work on protected vehicles will have a real world impact on people's lives.