Engineering: It’s a girl thing

To encourage girls into the IT and Engineering industries, Central Institute of Technology joined forces with the WA Department of Education School Pathways Program, to organise a special, interactive two day event.

Fifteen girls, ranging from Year 10 to 12, were invited to participate to get a taste of what employment opportunities lay ahead.  The event included a site visit to BAE Systems Henderson Shipyard, talks with industry leaders and hands on learning experiences at Central Institute of Technology.

Following a tour of Central, the cohort of aspiring Engineers had the opportunity to try out a variety of disciplines to see what each involved. The students kicked off with Civil, Mechatronic, Electronics & Communications and Oil & Gas engineering activities at Central.

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This included density testing for Oil & Gas, working with pneumatics for Mechatronics, designing a suburb for Civil, and circuit building for Electronics & Communications. Each activity was well received and gave the students a great overview of the broadness of the industry.

For aspiring IT and Networking professionals, the students had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with some key tools of the industry. They created small networks that communicate with each other and designed their own webpage too.

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The event speakers included leading women from the IT and Engineering industries including Water Corporation CEO, Sue Murphy, and Chevron Graduate Engineer, Alexandra Martin.  Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas also spoke to the group.

Each speaker provided the students with valuable insights concerning the need to attract more women to these industries and how these industries were critical to the ongoing development of the State.

The second day was dominated by the tour of BAE System’s Henderson Shipyard, which included an OHS induction and a tour of HMAS Warramunga.

The success of this inaugural event will see it cemented as an annual fixture, with plans to expand to include additional schools.

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