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Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Daniel Ingman

 

Dan Ingman

Daniel Ingman

I enjoyed the offshore units I have undertaken at UWA, as I would have never had the opportunity to explore these at home. The design of the structures gives a practical output to your theoretical studies. 

I chose to study at UWA for a variety of reasons. My home university has very strong links with UWA, especially within the Geotechnical engineering department and two of my tutors in Bristol recommended Perth. Also, the standard of teaching is arguably more in depth than in the UK, and I enjoy the large amount of Face Time that we are afforded here at UWA. Also, the campus and facilities offered are exceptional and for an Englishman, the constant sunshine is a very novel concept too.

I enjoyed the offshore units I have undertaken at UWA, as I would have never had the opportunity to explore these at home. The design of the structures gives a practical output to your theoretical studies.

My advice to prospective students would be, take a broad variety of units where you can to explore what you are most interested in. Until I came to UWA I was set on following a career in structural engineering, but with all of the work I've done with geotechnics and offshore engineering this year, I am considering other options, and maybe even a PhD due to all the exposure I gained to academia in the Geo-Frontiers conference.

Try and do work, if it's an internship or just labouring, within the engineering profession. If you are in a consultancy, it will automatically give you a leap in your design units and help you understand drawings and your design within a 3 dimensional space. If you are on a construction site, you'll come to terms with build ability and the fact that you need to make your designs, calculations, drawings and assumptions as clear as possible to those that will be constructing them.

I am an ICE scholar, which makes me attractive to companies when looking for internships. As well as doing extra-curricular work within engineering, I would advise to apply for third party scholarships too and use any contacts you may have, network, offer to do work experience, maybe 2 weeks for free, and if you impress them enough, a full paid placement and even scholarship may follow. Large companies have plenty of expense at their disposal and like to see students taking the initiative themselves, rather than just applying through set online applications, where you are a number, rather than a person.