Engineering road show heads to Mildura

Engineers are the rock stars of the future, says La Trobe University’s Eddie Custovic.

‘Almost everything with which we come into contact has been designed by an engineer – mobile phones, play stations, computers, microwave ovens, TVs, bridges, trains, life-saving medical equipment, environmental water filtration systems to name just a few.’

To spotlight such promising educational and career opportunities for local secondary school students Mr Custovic, a lecturer in Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and a group of senior La Trobe students and colleagues will visit Mildura on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February.

They will run practical hands-on workshops at the University’s Campus in Benetook Ave Mildura, showcasing electronic, robotic, mechanical, chemical and software engineering – fields that provide amazing opportunities for young people.

The two-day event is the first of its kind in Mildura, said Mr Custovic.

‘It will provide an excellent opportunity for students and teachers in regional Victoria to gain a better understanding of the engineering profession.

‘It also demonstrates La Trobe University’s continuing commitment to provide career pathways for regional Victorian students,’ he said.

‘Sessions will bring together new and exciting developments in physics, mathematics and general science to solve real-life problems of concern to all.

‘Australia is world-renown for producing some of the best engineers and innovators, and we must continue to inspire the next generation of problem solvers – irrespective of whether they live in the country or our cities.’

Mr Custovic said the La Trobe visit to Mildura is part of a program called ‘LEAP into – Engineering’. LEAP stands for ‘Learn Experience Access Professions’, which encourages secondary students, especially those from low SES communities, to consider higher education options.

Funded by the Commonwealth Government, LEAP offers access to university, workplace and school-based activities along with online resources to  help students learn how university study can help achieve professional career goals

Media contact

Eddie Custovic, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences: M 0433 234 779 | E:

Ernest Raetz, Media and Communications: M 041 226 1919.

Workshop details

Engineering Experience (Year 9-10 students) - 20 February, 2014

Introduction to the diversity of engineering careers and hands on workshops based aroundelectronics/electrical, robotics, mechanical, chemical and software engineering.

Advanced Engineering Workshop (Year 11-12 students) - 21 February 2014

Communications engineering – TV antenna design; software engineering – mobile/tablet applications design, or robotics & mechatronics engineering – robotic systems design