Cadet Profiles

 

Lawrence Feng - 2nd year Westpac Cadet

University: University of Technology Sydney
Course: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice

From a young age, I have always been interested in the world of IT and this eventually provided me with opportunities to gain real-world experience. This experience included assisting with the management of school IT systems as well as working for a number of IT consultancies. I graduated from Epping Boys High School and found that my existing experience was highly beneficial while I completed IPT (Information Processes and Technology). Currently I am studying at UTS, completing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice.

I applied for a Technology Cadetship under the ETCAD Program as I was looking for more opportunities to further my experience while studying at university. I knew that real-world experience would be a great supplement to the content learnt at university because it would provide a more elaborate application of the concepts.

Working for Westpac is an invaluable experience that really demonstrates the importance of IT and its rapid change - both of which can be difficult to realise while studying at university. In my first six-month rotation, I was placed in the IT certifications area which involved ensuring that IT projects met standards and policies. This allowed me to reinforce my communication, teamwork and time management skills within a professional environment while also adding value to the business. The rotation also complemented my studies favourably as I was able to apply my studies to the work I was involved with. Furthermore, I have gained a real-world, hands-on perspective of IT projects. All-in-all, a fantastic experience that will not go to waste and I am looking forward to my next rotation.

 

Olivia Webster - 3rd year Westpac Cadet

University: University of Technology Sydney
Course: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice

Growing up, I was always enthusiastic about technology, whether computers, programs or video games, and in high school these hobbies matured into interests I could potentially pursue in an information technology career. When I attended North Sydney Girls High School, I chose SDD (Software Design and Development) and accelerated IPT (Information Processes and Technology) in order to better explore my interests, and I found that I particularly enjoyed the development and management of projects.

I applied for a Technology Cadetship under the ECTAD Program because I wanted to learn more about the various careers in IT, as well as to explore my current interest in project management. Furthermore, I felt that practical experience in the workplace would be an invaluable complement to my university studies.

I am currently in my 3rd year of study at UTS, undertaking a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice. I have now completed two rotations with Westpac. In the first rotation I was fortunate enough to be placed on a project management team responsible for integrating the Lloyd's auto-finance company with Westpac. In this team I thoroughly learned the different aspects of project management from a hands-on perspective, which has given more depth to the theory I have learned at university, each perspective helping me to better understand the other. In my second rotation I had the opportunity to work on the Environments Management Team for BT Panorama, working in an agile environment with the agile methodology in Barangaroo. This rotation gave me exposure to integral technical skills, as well as to cutting edge project management practices. I am incredibly glad to have been able to work at Westpac and learn simultaneously for two full years now, and cannot wait for my next half-year rotation.

 

Melanie Kirton - 3rd Year Rolls-Royce Cadet

University: University of New South Wales
Course: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Advanced Science

I attended De La Salle Cronulla and enjoyed Maths and Physics. This informed my decision to enrol in a double degree at UNSW: Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Advanced Science. I applied for the ETCAD Program because I was looking for a job that provided practical experience to supplement my studies and being a cadet at Rolls-Royce has certainly done this. The knowledge I've gained at work has definitely helped me complete projects and courses at uni, and to choose electives I know I will enjoy.

One of the best things about working at Rolls-Royce is the interest they take in your feedback to ensure your comfort. Not only have I had invaluable practical opportunities, but I have also had the support to ensure that my degree, and the position that I aspire to in the workplace, is right for me.

During my first rotation, I completed tasks from divisions such as electrical engineering, naval architecture and hull surveying. I also worked on a project that developed my knowledge of the heating, ventilation and cooling system on HMAS Success. The available database and wealth of knowledge held by the people we work with were invaluable when completing this project.

My second rotation enabled a broader understanding of each division and the many functions of Rolls-Royce Australia Services. We assisted in developing Task Work Instructions that were being written for the maintenance period of HMAS Success, and spent time on HMAS Tobruk, watching and assisting system maintenance – a very valuable experience!

During my third rotation, I was able to work on the maintenance availability for HMAS Success. Being able to shadow Waterfront Engineers as they ensured tasks ran smoothly and efficiently was a great experience that allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge about the ship. The systems I was able to look into included the diesel generators, main AC plants, medium pressure air systems and the pressure vacuum valves.

My most recent rotation with Rolls-Royce was with the LHD System Program Office. During this time I was able to be involved with maintenance availabilities for HMAS Canberra and Adelaide, as well as assisting with a variety of database and organisational activities. This provided me with practical experience in both the planning and execution of maintenance.

 

Ellen Ziegelaar - 3rd Year Rolls-Royce Cadet

University: University of New South Wales
Course: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Advanced Science

Having a cadetship has enabled me to learn a great deal about the technical and professional sides of working at Rolls-Royce whilst earning money.

Having a cadetship has enabled me to learn a great deal about the technical and professional sides of working at Rolls-Royce whilst earning money. I enjoyed Physics, Mathematics and building models at Smiths Hill High School, all relevant to the Mechanical Engineering degree I am currently undertaking at UNSW. From high school work experience, I knew I wanted to work in an engineering field and have since found the Rolls-Royce cadetship program to have good people who are flexible and eager to help you to get the most from the experience. I have been given tasks in the different fields of naval architecture as well as electrical and mechanical engineering in order to introduce me to the scope of Rolls-Royce's operations. I was required to prepare and deliver a presentation on strategies to improve fuel quality on HMAS Success which required research and collaboration with a range of people.

Working on the ship is really eye-opening about the scale of the machinery. Assisting the team of engineers who oversee maintenance onboard HMAS Success, HMAS Tobruk (now decomissioned) and HMAS Canberra (one of the Australian Navy's two new LHDs) has been great for getting my hands dirty! There is always something to do, whether it is researching a system onboard a ship or visiting the overhauled main engine and checking bearing clearances.

I am constantly seeing how the scientific principles I'm learning at uni are applied in industry and this has provided me with exciting and beneficial training. I would highly recommend students apply for an Engineering Cadetship under the ETCAD Program as it has enabled me to acquire invaluable skills and experience and has put me in good stead for the rest of my career in engineering (with Rolls-Royce).