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Practice makes perfect

Engineering students test the waters at USQ

Amid the hustle and bustle of Orientation, students in high-vis may be seen roaming the campus or clangs of experiments heard from the engineering buildings.

They are part of the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Engineering and Surveying Residential Schools, providing invaluable practical experience to more than 200 students.

The two-week long program runs throughout the year for external students to attend a number of face-to-face lectures and tutorials.

Lecturer Justine Baillie said her Hydraulics Practice class attracted students from across the agricultural, civil, and environment engineering programs.

“It's an opportunity for them to come and get that hands-on opportunity to work with some different water engineering applications and get a practical feel for some of the things they've been studying in their courses so far,” she said.

One such student was Stephanie Wilson who travelled from Canberra for practical classes associated with her USQ Civil Engineering degree.

“My husband is in the Army so we move a lot and I had trouble finding a university that offered what I was looking for,” Ms Wilson said.

“Someone recommended USQ’s external program to me, which helped me get a job in the industry and work while I'm studying.

“It comes with me wherever we move.”

Mrs Baillie said, just like with the University’s online student population, residential schools included students from all over Australia and beyond.

“Today we've got students from as far as Western Australia, from up in Cairns, down in ACT, and some from New Zealand as well,” she said.

“Occasionally we get them from even further afield and last year I had a student who'd travelled over from the Middle East, just to attend Residential School.”

USQ believes in helping people become more from more places, and online study allows students to visit their online classroom anywhere, 24/7.

Graduates of USQ’s Engineering and Built Environment degrees have the skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen specialisation as an accredited engineer or spatial science professional.

Two people near equipment
Stephanie Wilson (Gungahlin, ACT) and Nick Hall (Charters Towers)