Engineering students Seann McAuliffe (left) and Tim Schluter enjoyed their work experience with Gympie Regional Council.
Engineering students Seann McAuliffe (left) and Tim Schluter enjoyed their work experience with Gympie Regional Council. Craig Warhurst

Designs on future success

GAINING practical work experience in the engineering profession has proved to be invaluable for two local civil engineering university students.

Seann McAuliffe and Tim Schluter, who will graduate with civil engineering degrees, have been undertaking vacation work in Gympie Regional Council’s design division and water and sewerage division respectively, to gain first-hand experience and knowledge about civil engineering programs and activities in these areas.

Seann gained practical experience in the design division, working under the direction of several experienced civil engineers and with employees from other departments. Seann found the professional work experience very rewarding.

“Working full-time with a group of professional engineers gave me an insight into what the future may hold,” he said.

“This is a profession which will continue to provide both challenges and satisfaction for the entirety of my career.”

Tim also found the experience very rewarding. “In my time with council, I was able to be part of many exciting and innovative tasks in both the development of infrastructure and the maintenance of the existing water and sewerage network,” he said.

Tim’s experience included working on council’s water leakage detection program and sewer mains’ assessment program, providing assistant site supervision at the Gympie sewerage treatment plant upgrade, and working with council’s contractors and staff.

Mayor Ron Dyne said the vocational placement phase of their studies provided an excellent opportunity for both council officers and university students to share ideas and experience.

“I encourage our residents and visitors seeking to find more information about council’s activities and services to visit council’s website,” Cr Dyne said.

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