Engineering Alumni advancement

Our students complete work placements as part of their degree. The result: A kick-start to a fantastic career

Bella Mazraany

Bella Mazraany (pictured above), an alumni of our Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) degree, is a Graduate Engineer at John Holland.

“My role is to clearly define any design clarifications to the crew as well as ensure that the correct steel sections with the correct lengths/dimensions are installed at the appropriate locations,” says Mazraany.

Find out about what a typical day looks like for her as a graduate engineer.

Lauren Ranisavljev

Lauren Ranisavljev is a graduate of our Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) degree.

“My working integrated learning placement was with Stantec, an engineering consultancy company based in Melbourne,” she says. “I worked alongside the water team where I focused on wastewater treatment sites, and designing pipe works for existing services.”

“I have first-hand experience seeing how essential it is to be able to communicate with clients, your team and your colleagues,” explains Ranisavljev. “It was a fantastic opportunity to network with a wide range of professionals in my field. I enjoyed working in a team and going on-site to experience new and different aspects of engineering.”

Engineers in the field, she says, must be able to draw on diverse knowledge and skills. “Through La Trobe’s degree, I was able to experience many types of engineering which now helps me to complete my tasks at a high level.”

“My La Trobe degree opened my eyes to what I want in my future career, and the steps I need to take to achieve it. I am now a graduate civil water engineer in Stantec.”

Elise Hor

Elise Hor is a graduate of our Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Industrial) degree at our Bundoora campus.

She completed her placement with A.G. Coombs, a leading contract specialist service for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. “I learned new things every day, guided by industry professionals who challenged me to explore innovative tools and concepts,” she says.

Elise’s placement led to other opportunities, including her dream role as a mechanical engineer at Stantec. “Mechanical engineering in building services is interesting because of the flexibility of design in infrastructure,” Elise says. “I work on projects for office buildings, hospitals, schools and data centres.”

"I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues, going on-site and seeing our work come to life. With growing technology for smarter buildings, global sustainability and achieving Net Zero carbon emissions, I am passionate about innovation, design and science, which is why I love engineering.”

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