Four of our Year 11 students, Beatrice, Rachel, Lucy and Anna, were able to join the major roads project WestConnex for work experience during the January holidays. Here they share their experience that has provided them with insight into the world of engineering.
‘From Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th of January, we were lucky enough to participate in some work experience at the WestConnex construction project based at the Rozelle Interchange. Over the three days, we spent time with engineers working on each of the three main stages of the project: design, construction and commissioning, allowing us to experience the typical days of engineers working across multiple fields of the profession.
Being able to learn about the type of work that engineers perform on a daily basis was particularly interesting as most of us had absolutely no idea what this entailed. Upon being asked this question on the first day, one of us actually said ‘a tradie building something!’. However, the undisputed highlight of the three days was most definitely the tour of the tunnel; it was fascinating to see the many control rooms, cross tunnels and ventilation towers that are built in addition to the main road.
We are extremely grateful to the engineers who shared their career paths and experiences with us, many of which included working overseas or in other parts of Australia. Our visit to the WestConnex project has definitely made us all consider a career in engineering, and we very much appreciate the time and effort that the engineers put in to provide such a wonderful experience for us.’
By Beatrice, Rachel, Lucy and Anna