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Pioneering Mechatronics graduate excels during Engineers Australia Forum

Published:25 November 2019

Recent CQUni graduate Jake Druett has just started his new role as a manufacturing engineer.

Recent CQUniversity Mechatronics graduate Jake Druett took time out from his new role in the avionics industry to present to the Engineers Australia Central Regional Forum, held at Bundaberg Campus.

He also took part in an interactive panel, discussing innovation opportunities that are necessary for Central Queensland.

Jake graduated a few months ago after earning a 'best student presentation' award for his final-year project. He now works at Brisbane's Burrana Inc, which provides equipment for the passenger areas of aircraft.

The whole-day Engineers Australia event was organised by the EA Bundaberg Regional Committee. It included eight presentations and an interactive panel discussion.

Jake gained valuable experience in in the avionics industry during his studies at CQUniversity.

His experience at Burrana has included involvement in a wide variety of projects, including development of the full range of work instructions and quality specifications for use by manufacturing teams, the maintenance, repair and implementation of automated machinery, and the identification of significant financial and environmental savings through the potential alteration of the packaging process.

During the Forum, Jake presented his final-year project on the Creation of Digital Image Correlation Algorithm.

"Jake was the first Mechatronics graduate from Bundaberg Campus," says CQUniversity's Dr Ramadas Narayanan, the current chair of the Bundaberg Regional committee of Engineers Australia.

"It was great to see Jake growing from a school leaver to a graduate engineer."

The Forum discussed a wide range of topics and attracted over 30 engineers from throughout Queensland, who shared their experiences and research from local and international perspectives.

The presentation topics included Port of Bundaberg Precinct Outlook - GPC's 50 Year Strategic Vision, Planning a Marine Industry Site, Smart Water Meter Project, Waste Truck Platform Bin Lifter, and The role of innovation in a circular economy.

CQUniversity Lecturer Dr Richard Koech, a member of the EA Bundaberg Regional Committee who chaired a few sessions, said "Jake's presentation was very well received by the engineers who attended the forum".

The Forum  concluded with a campus site tour which included the Engineering labs and the Crash Lab facilities.