Full engineering degree available in Gladstone
ENGINEERING students can now study their whole degree in Gladstone.
Until now, first and second year students studied on campus at CQUniversity Gladstone Marina, but were required to relocate to Rockhampton for their final two years of a Bachelor of Engineering.
With a significant investment for all engineering disciplines by the School of Engineering and Technology, new facilities will include an air fluidisation rig, a universal vibration system test bench, new digital electronic and control lab equipment, and a new LabVolt system for power and machine experiments.
A specialised 3D printing machine has already arrived at the lab, a device used to see students' designs made on the computer come to life.
The investment is welcoming news to lecturers, tutors and students alike.
Learning outside the lab is just as important in the four-year degree, with work placement an integral part of third year Engineering.
School of Engineering and Technology Ashfaque Chowdhury was thrilled his students could further their work placements with an array of industrial companies at their doorstep.
"Industries will benefit from (this). If they employ local engineers, they generally stay," he said.
CQUniversity associate vice-chancellor professor Owen Nevin agreed, and said students would benefit from studying in their home town.
"We redesigned the curriculum and that's a positive thing for the students," he said.
"It's unusual for those students (in second and third year) that the option is available to them.
"Some students were resigned in the fact of having to move. We are really excited."
In order to properly cater for students' needs as they advance in the degree, more infrastructure and resources were needed than what the Gladstone campus provided.
The new facilities plus a wind tunnel for the campus made the extension possible, thanks to the $30,000 in funding from Queensland Gas Company.
CQUniversity will offer all four years of its Engineering degrees in Bundaberg and Mackay as well.
Civil, Electrical and Mechanical streams of the degree will also be on offer across the central Queensland campuses.