Engineering popularity grows among schoolies

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE will be booming with engineers in the future thanks to a 200 per cent increase in the number of first-preference applicants.

Central Queensland University, Gladstone Campus hopes to have 30 to 40 new engineering undergraduates in 2006.

Year 12 student Andrea Durman is among the 200 per cent increase of first preference applicants hoping to get into engineering.

Andrea said her love of maths and science gave her the incentive to make engineering her first preference.

She said engineering was something she had always been interested in.

"It's a chance to design and fix things and the chance to be in a very diverse industry,'' she said.

CQU engineering student Michael Wharton said he was surprised to hear about the increase in numbers.

With his class beginning with 11 and dropping to seven students this year, the increase was unexpected, he said.

Michael said he joined engineering in Gladstone because he loved maths and science.

He said he believed engineering was a job which would challenge him each day.



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