Wanting to learn about a range of engineering disciplines, Sarah Tiziani is studying advanced manufacturing and mechatronics. She loves working hands-on and being able to produce tangible outcomes.
Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours)
Advanced manufacturing and mechatronics engineering exposes you to mechanical, electronic, software and manufacturing engineering which opens up many different job opportunities in these fields.
When I was in Year 10, I watched a robotics display from a group of university students who came to my school. Their presentation was about autonomous robotics and haptic systems which really sparked my interest in that field. I felt that advanced manufacturing and mechatronics engineering would allow me to explore different areas of study and learn about a range of engineering topics.
I chose to study at RMIT because, as a technical university, I liked the hands-on approach to studying and the practical aspects of the different programs offered. I felt these qualities would allow me to develop skills which I will be able to take forth into the industry. I also felt that having industry placement as a requirement for graduating was a great idea.
I completed my 12 weeks of placement at a company called Virtual Research and Development Limited in New Zealand who specialise in electronics and software development. Some of the projects that I worked on included improving previously written code, programming a Raspberry Pi and designing PCB's for different applications. These tasks exposed me to a multitude of programs which I'd never used meaning I gained a lot of new skills as well as learning about working in the industry. I also got to explore New Zealand and see some beautiful places like Waitomo, Rotorua, Waiotapu, the Bay of Islands and the city of Auckland as well as experiencing the culture. It was a pretty awesome three months and a really valuable experience.
Aside from learning things like computer program coding which I thought was really challenging, a few highlights of my studies so far have been designing and creating a Bluetooth activated kettle as a project, and designing a functioning gearbox to the point of manufacture. As well as this, I’ve made some amazing friends who have made my time studying so much more fun!
RMIT has provided me with some great facilities which relate to my studies. For example, I used the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct to 3D print CAD models I had constructed. The facilities at the Bundoora east campus have shown me different manufacturing processes and allowed us students to access software for robotic programming as well.
Advanced manufacturing and mechatronics engineering exposes you to mechanical, electronic, software and manufacturing engineering which opens up many different job opportunities in these fields. Being exposed to these different branches of engineering has shown me that I would prefer to work in the mechanical/electronic side of engineering because I prefer the hands-on approach and being able to hold or see something tangible that you’ve created. Whether it be a robot or not, I find that pretty cool!