A century of achievement 1913 - 2013
Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Tom McKeon

 
Tom McKeon

MPE Electrical & Electronic

I have found it important to seek opportunities and allow people to help get you there. Tell people where you want to be. Strive for success and more importantly say yes. The more people who know your dreams, the more likely it is that you will get there. 

From a young age I was always interested in physics, engineering and mathematics. The UWA degree structure gave me the freedom to study engineering, physics and even some French and has enabled me to study what I am passionate about, providing me with a broader, competitively advantageous perspective.
 
Specialising in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is both challenging and eye opening. It is the broadest of the engineering disciplines, from learning about microelectronics and communications systems, all the way to control engineering, as well as overflowing into computer science and programming.
 
The broad exposure has encouraged innovation and enabled me to solve problems effectively. One of the best things about engineering is that you can use both creativity and mathematics to solve problems.
 
My advice for prospective students who have aspirations for Engineering would be to let your strengths and interests direct your career development. The course teaches you the maths, the technical knowledge and provides you with opportunities to get your hands dirty.
 
As engineering is team orientated, studying at UWA focuses on developing the necessary skills to excel when working in the industry, from technical problem to management skills. It is also a great way to get into the start-up industry.
 
My first set of vacation work was attained through winning the inaugural RTSA Undergraduate Challenge which landed work at AECOM, the no. 1 global engineering design firm. This led onto a part-time position throughout the rest of my engineering studies. A later opportunity was attained through the CEED scholarship, working at BHP Billiton, a global leader in the resources company.