BMT WBM sponsor Mechatronics Scholar
BMT WBM in Newcastle have been sponsoring mechatronics scholar Ian Stevenson from the University of Newcastle through a UNISS program (for details www.newcastle.edu.au/uniss). This particular scheme works as a sandwich of three years of study, a year of work, and the final year of study. During the session breaks our scholar joins us for 12 weeks. Our experience with this program has been extremely positive, and has also resulted in Ian and BMT WBM receiving a Foundation Award.
We have endeavoured to take Ian into as many worksites, and expose him to as many industries and technologies, as possible.
In his second year (and his first year of placement) Ian has worked on projects at both open cut and underground coal mines included working on dragline structures, and reviewing hydraulic component failures. He has been in underground gold mines reviewing conveyor belt tensioners, has worked on different structural and suspension systems in the freight, bulk and passenger rail industries, and most recently helped with measuring and reporting on the structural assessment of a tram in Nanjing (China).
Senior Engineer John Vazey and Ian Stevenson in Nanjing
During the last two years Ian has been exposed to CAD systems, FEA, vibration analysis, Matlab, various testing platforms including weighing of large materials handling machines, and technical writing.
Ian and BMT WBM Newcastle have received a UNISS Foundation Award recognising excellence and achievement during Ian’s first industry placement. This award represents acknowledgement by Newcastle University that BMT WBM has provided our scholar with outstanding opportunity and support, and Ian has been awarded for making the most of those opportunities.
Underlying this award is the variety of fascinating work we are involved with over the range of industry in Australia and South East Asia. Our experience with this scheme demonstrates the opportunity for BMT WBM to develop closer liaisons with institutions like Newcastle University for vocational training, knowledge sharing, and recruiting.
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