Mechanical engineering graduate James de Leur secured his dream job straight out of university and now works at Ford.
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours), Associate Degree in Engineering Technology
Automotive/Mechanical Professional Engineer, Ford Motor Company
RMIT provides a great pathway to a degree through an associate degree program.
I’ve always loved cars and I wanted to make a career working and developing them.
After finishing high school, I knew I wanted to study engineering at RMIT because the university has a great reputation in the industry. I started with the Associate Degree in Engineering Technology, majoring in mechanical engineering. After finishing, I was accepted directly into third year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering).
During my degree I completed nine weeks of work experience at Prodrive/Premcar. I spent most of my time refining chassis and dynamics of a customer vehicle. I also worked on improving noise, vibration and harshness of multiple vehicles. The experience was hugely beneficial to me; I was able to work in a professional team and learn how to be an asset to a business.
I also worked at Prodrive Racing Australia, formerly Ford Performance Racing. I was involved in drawing vehicle parts to refine and improve the race car. The work helped me to understand how my skills assist the business and gave me a real experience of what being in the workforce was like.
During my final year I was part of the Formula SAE racing car team, and was Aero Team Leader for the second semester of 2014. The experience helped me understand how to work collaboratively with different teams to achieve the same goal.
I’m currently working at Ford Motor Company as an automotive/mechanical engineer – straight out of university and I already have my dream job!