Civil engineering and business management double degree student Scott Walsh has made the most out of the overseas study and industry placement opportunities available at RMIT.
Graduate Engineer, Fulton Hogan
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
Having the opportunity from RMIT to study in different countries has given me a new lens through which to see the world.
Through high school I was always interested in maths and science. I wanted to take the analytical skills I had learned and apply them to my career in a practical and tangible way. I received a cadetship at my local government office as a student engineer prior to beginning my studies. This reinforced my decision to become an engineer!
I’ve always had a family tie to RMIT as my father studied communications engineering here in the 1980’s. I was also inspired to study at RMIT as the University offers hands-on, practical application of study which I needed.
The lab and testing facilities at RMIT are fantastic. As a part of my civil engineering degree, I was able to get so much more out of the projects I completed. The structures labs enable students to construct and test steel, wood, concrete and geotechnical samples (to list a few). These bring projects like bridge building competitions to life!
Highlights of my studies have included completing two international exchanges. Having the opportunity to study in different countries has given me a new lens through which to see the world. I’ve taken part in an exchange program to the University of Maryland, in the USA. More recently I’ve undertaken an exchange under the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program to Vietnam.
These opportunities substantially enhanced my university experience, giving me a thirst for the world around me, enabling me to grow into the person I am today.
RMIT provides the flexibility for students to excel in their chosen field of interest. I was able to do my research project in collaboration with RMIT and industry. My project was based around the geographical deterioration of unsealed pavements over time. The results produced tangible outcomes that have been implemented into the day to day work of the organisation. RMIT helped me do the project I wanted, helping me produce a project that benefitted my development and give back to the civil engineering industry!
My degree at RMIT has enabled me to receive a graduate position within a civil and construction company based in Melbourne.